MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sometimes scoring first is not enough.
Just ask the Red Bulls Under-23 team, which scored five minutes into its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match with Memphis 901 FC.
That goal woke up the USL Championship side, which struck for the next three goals en route to its first triumph in the competition in a 3-1 win at AutoZone Park.
Right back Josh Morton made the most of his first start of the season, recording a brace for the winners.
The Red Bulls U-23’s, who play in USL League Two, gave Memphis a scare by drawing first blood in the fifth minute on a goal by JP Marin.
Memphis, however, got back on track as Cam Lindley found the range only three minutes later on a 22-yard free kick to the near left post.
Morton’s first goal of the evening snapped the tie in the 26th minute when he overlapped and forced the goalkeeper to come out of the net before tucking the ball home.
He added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute, cashing in on a Lindley corner kick with a header from four yards.
Memphis 901 FC will welcome Hartford Athletic (USL Championship) in a Third Round encounter at Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn. May 29 at 8 p.m. ET.