Richmond Match Notes
I was too annoyed immediately following the Richmond match to write something about it. Now that we’ve had a few days to let Saturday’s result sink in, here are a few thoughts before we close the door on that contest.
Unless you’re living under a rock by the Little Miami, you know that FCC drew with the Richmond Kicker’s 1-1 on Saturday in front of a crowd of 11,278 at Nippert Stadium. Richmond scored a stoppage time equalizer just when it looked like the Orange and Blue had the game won.
Saturday’s match can plainly be referred to as a crap draw. Although that result comes with an especially bitter taste due to the last-minute manner in which it went from a win to a draw, resist the temptation to overanalyze it or suggest drastic changes based on the result.
The team played fairly well for 80 minutes and created enough chances to win the match. FCC got some luck on their first goal and unfortunately didn’t take the chances that followed, leaving themselves open to a late equalizer.
In the last 10 minutes, Harkes’ men could not retain possession, likely feeling fatigued after playing midweek and traveling. Even then, they only really offered Richmond one or two bona fide second half chances leading up to the 90th minute. The three minutes of stoppage time that followed were ugly, and the Orange and Blue conceded multiple chances and the equalizer. It was a crappy way to end the game, but I don’t think major changes are needed in its wake. Without clinical finishing, these kind of results happen. As a wise man said to me pitch-side after the match, “that’s football, ya know”. We move on. There are two very winnable home matches on the horizon, offering a good opportunity to atone for the Richmond disappointment.
Congrats are in order to Cincinnati for assembling a quality crowd in bad weather against smaller market opposition. Is this where FCC’s attendance bottoms out? Let us know what you think in the comments section or on social media. If the team can pull 11K at worst and build from there for enticing match-ups, attendance numbers will look very good by season’s end.