FC Cincinnati played to a 1-1 draw with the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium on Saturday. After falling behind early in the match, Jimmy McLaughlin rescued a point for the Orange and Blue after some fine combination play in the 70th minute.
Matt Bahner dribbled deep into the left side of Richmond’s defense. He played the ball wide to Kadeem Dacres, who immediately cut-in toward the center of the field. Bahner overlapped and Dacres played a through ball to him near the by-line. Bahner took a quick touch then fizzed a diagonal pass into the center. McLaughlin was making a late run into the box and one-timed Bahner’s pass into the bottom right corner of the net.
FC Cincinnati took confidence from the equalizer and looked like a different side in the final 20 minutes, but couldn’t find a second goal to steal the victory.
Forwards Djiby Fall and Andy Craven missed the match due to disciplinary suspension. Kenney Walker and Justin Hoyte were sidelined through injury.
This was the third time FC Cincinnati has played the Richmond Kickers in two seasons. Every match between these two teams has ended in a 1-1 draw. In the corresponding fixture last season, Andrew Wiedeman rescued a point for Harkes’ team with a late free kick equalizer.
Kenney Walker Is Vital to the Midfield – Kenney Walker surprisingly missed the match due to a knee contusion injury. He leads FC Cincinnati in tackles won and chances created and was sorely missed. Richmond won many of the midfield battles in the first 70 minutes of the match. Let’s hope his return to health is swift.
Best Combination Goal of the Season – Jimmy McLaughlin’s 70th minute strike was arguably FC Cincinnati’s best combination goal of the season. Matt Bahner and Kadeem Dacres set up the move with some great combination play down the right. Bahner put the ball on a platter for McLaughlin who made no mistakes. This season has been a little short on moments of quality like that. Let’s hope it’s a sign of good things to come.
Martinez Debut – New loan signing Cristián Martinez was thrown straight into the fire, started the match on the right wing, and played for 59 minutes. He had 19 passes at a 74% pass accuracy rate, won 2 of 7 duels, and had 1 shot off target. He did not make a big impression on the match and was the first player substituted in favor of Kadeem Dacres. It was a challenging situation to make a debut, but there’s a lot more come from this player.
FC Cincinnati now sits in seventh place on nine points, seven points behind the Charleston Battery, who lead the Eastern Conference. The Orange and Blue return home to Nippert Stadium for two matches on consecutive Saturdays. On May 13th they face Orlando City B. The following Saturday, May 20th, they take on Bethlehem Steel FC for the third time this season. There is also a US Open Cup match sandwiched between those two fixtures. Whether that match is played at Nippert depends on the May 10 result between AFC Cleveland and the Des Moines Menace.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for coverage FC Cincinnati’s return to Nippert.