FC Cincinnati earned an emphatic home victory at Nippert Stadium on Saturday evening when they defeated first place Saint Louis FC by a score of 4-0. Djiby Fall scored all the goals for the Orange and Blue in a dramatic debut performance.
The Senegalese striker’s first half brace laid the foundation for the victory. After a promising start by the Alan Koch’s side, Saint Louis FC grew into the match. They out-possessed FC Cincinnati in the first half and threatened goal, but FC Cincinnati found the net twice and that’s the statistic that mattered.
Here’s a sample of one of Djiby’s two first half finishes:
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Djiby picked up where he left off in the second half, scoring three minutes after the whistle blew to start the period. He then finished a four-pack of goals with a towering header in the 62nd minute, assisted by Kenney Walker.
In support of Djiby’s man-of-the-match performance, the defense turned in a clean sheet and closed the second half with confidence, allowing only 2 total shots in that period.
Four Numbers That Mattered
3 – A fearsome threesome of Djiby Fall, Kadeem Dacres, and Victor Mansaray featured at the front of a new look 4-3-3 formation for FC Cincinnati. Head coach Alan Koch departed from the 4-2-3-1 that featured in the first three matches to make use of the width that a renovated Nippert stadium provided.
105 – Saint Louis FC had 105 more passes than FC Cincinnati in the first half, underlining their dominance in possession. While possession is one of the more widely referenced statistics in soccer, and often reflects who’s controlling the game, it can at times be misleading. Saint Louis FC didn’t produce a single shot on target in the first half, or the second half for that matter.
4 – Here’s the obvious one….four goals in a single mach by one player. No FC Cincinnati player had ever scored a hat-trick before tonight’s match. Djiby grabbed that distinction and added one more goal for good measure. I think it’s safe to say that no one’s going to touch that record for a while, except maybe Djiby. To add to this, his hat trick was a perfect hat trick. He scored two with his head (35′, 62′), one with his left (45’+2′) and one with his right (48′).
23,144 – FC Cincinnati set a new USL record for the largest attendance at a home opener with 23,144 fans. This was the third largest regular season attendance for the Orange and Blue in their short, but well attended history. It’s worth noting also that they topped this number by quite a lot in their first playoff game last year (and at the Crystal Palace friendly).
FC Cincinnati jumps from 13th place all the way to 6th place with the victory, just two places behind Wednesday’s opponent, the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Louisville City FC takes over at the top of the USL’s Eastern conference, after defeating that same Rowdies side by a 2-1 scoreline tonight.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more analysis and color commentary on what should prove to be an epic week of soccer in the Queen City.