FC Cincinnati 1 – Louisville City FC 1: Game of Twos

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Photo Credit: JES Photography / Joe Schmuck
FC Cincinnati played Louisville City FC to a 1-1 stalemate at Nippert Stadium on Saturday. The Orange and Blue equalized late to secure a point from a match that their rival had led since the 20th minute. Midfielder and former Louisville City FC captain Aodhan Quinn got the equalizer. Quinn respectfully didn’t celebrate the goal against his old club.

Alan Koch introduced Andrew Wiedeman and Daryl Fordyce in the 60th minute in an aggressive move to put pressure on LCFC’s defense. His team shifted to a 3-5-2 formation thereafter and it paid off with Quinn’s goal. Forward Djiby Fall was sent off for a dangerous tackle nine minutes after the equalizer and will miss next week’s game against Bethlehem Steel FC.

Game of Twos

Two goals were scored in the match, one for each side.
For the 2nd consecutive match FC Cincinnati conceded an early goal from a shot outside of their own penalty box.
For the 2nd consecutive match they’ve come from behind to equalize.
FC Cincinnati is now 2-2-2 after this result on 8 points.
FC Cincinnati has a +2 goal difference after the match.
2 red cards have been issued to FC Cincinnati over their past two matches.

Bitegate

After the match, Louisville City head coach James O’Connor accused FC Cincinnati forward Djiby Fall of biting Niall McCabe in the aftermath of the red card. There was shoving between the two players and their faces came together during the dispute. The angle of the video shows the back of McCabe’s head so it’s difficult to clearly tell what happened. The issue has been reported to the USL by LCFC. FC Cincinnati has issued a statement in defense of Djiby Fall, as reported by Pat Brennan. Stay tuned for more details on the USL’s review as this story unravels.

Update: Djiby Fall was disciplined by USL with a 1 game ban and a fine for the red card plus 5 additional games for major game misconduct.

Photos

Twenty five images of blackout derby day at Nippert courtesy of JES Photography / Joe Schmuck. For any given image, a high resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.”

Quotable

Koch: “We were running on empty and Louisville were definitely the better team.”
This was the third match FC Cincinnati played in eight days. In contrast, LCFC had a full week of rest coming into the match.

Koch (of the substitutions in the 60th minute): “We pushed Daryl up front, …It was a tactical adjustment. It allowed us to get more bodies further up the field. And when you play direct, which we did in the last 30 minutes, you need to get more bodies around the ball.”

Koch: “We are getting very good at playing the last few minutes a man down. Hopefully that does not continue.”

Quinn: “I have a lot of respect for that club, the coaches, the players, they treated me so well there…there was no chance I was going to celebrate if I scored.”

Back to Bethlehem

FC Cincinnati remains in fifth place in the Eastern Conference after six matches played. In a strange scheduling twist, FC Cincinnati heads back to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania to take on Bethlehem Steel FC on their home turf for the second time in the space of 20 days. Why so soon and why are we playing Bethlehem three times this year? Only the USL scheduling gods know for sure.

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