FC Cincinnati earned a massive road victory on Saturday when they defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds by a 1-0 scoreline. Djiby Fall delivered a headed goal in the 55th minute against a ten man Pittsburgh side to secure the victory. The three points earned were FC Cincinnati’s first of the 2017 season, after they lost their season opener last Saturday.
FC Cincinnati earned nearly 60% of possession in an evenly played first half. They went up a man in the 42nd minute when Pittsburgh defender Gale Agbossoumonde brought down Andrew Wiedeman, who was making a threatening run down FC Cincinnati’s right. The center back was shown a second yellow card for the tackle and was sent off. Agbossoumonde earned his first caution for a hard challenge delivered to Austin Berry that forced the Cincinnati native to leave the match. FC Cincinnati had more possession and created chances, but nothing that truly threatened Pittsburgh’s goal. Pittsburgh had opportunities to score on the counter, and had the best chance for either team in stoppage time. The first half ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
FC Cincinnati capitalized on their man advantage in the 55th minute, when Andrew Wiedeman delivered a fine cross from the left for Djiby Fall. Djiby rose and nodded the ball firmly down at goal. It bounced back up and into the top right corner. The strike was Djiby’s second headed goal in as many matches, both assisted by Wiedeman.
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FC Cincinnati continued their possession game in the second half, allowing a weakened Pittsburgh side few chances to equalize. They created chances of their own and outshot Pittsburgh 10-4 in the second period of play. One goal was all they needed, and the match finished 1-0.
New defensive signing Justin Hoyte was on the bench for FC Cincinnati but did not see his first action for the team.
For more play-by-play details of the match’s events, turn your attention to the FC Cincinnati full match recap.
FC Cincinnati will play its third consecutive road match next Sunday when they face Bethlehem Steel at Goodman Stadium. It’s the final road match before the Orange and Blue return to Nippert for their home opener on April 15th.
Kudos to all of the FC Cincinnati supporters that traveled to Pittsburgh to support the team.