FC Cincinnati 0 – 1 Louisville City FC: Rival Spoils Home Opener

Graphic: Connor Paquette / Image: Joe Craven

FC Cincinnati dropped its first game of the 2018 season to rival Louisville City FC by a 1-0 scoreline on Saturday. A crowd of 25,667 packed Nippert stadium on a frigid April evening in the Queen City to watch the home opener. The visitors scored the only goal they would require in the 13th minute of the match. Cameron Lancaster fired a close-range shot into goal after George Davis IV battled to win a 50/50 ball in the box. The loose ball trickled to Lancaster who took a touch, then slid it under Dekel Keinan to Newton’s left. The Orange & Blue nearly equalized in the 25th minute but Corben Bone’s goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by a LCFC defender. Louisville City created the better chances in the first half, and focused most of their attack at the left side of the FC Cincinnati defense.

Photo Credit: Ryan Meyer

Alan Koch started the substitutions early, introducing Danni König ten minutes into the second half. He later added both Daniel Haber and Jimmy McLaughlin in an attempt to break down Louisville’s resolute defense. The changes included a shift to a two-forward formation and were effective in creating five good chances. Manu Ledesma had a particularly good chance in the 54th minute but sent the shot over the bar. More chances by Konig, Hoyte, and McLaughlin followed, including one that required a Ranjitsingh save at the 90+5 mark. They couldn’t covert those opportunities though and Louisville held on for a 1-0 victory.

Post-match thoughts from Alan Koch:

Key Events

13′ – GOAL – LOU – Cameron Lancaster (assist George Davis IV)
35′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma
47′ – YELLOW CARD – LOU – Cameron Lancaster
90+4 – YELLOW CARD – LOU – Ilija Ilić

Match Notes

The result leaves FCC on six points in the Eastern Conference but they drop one place into 6th with other teams advancing. They still have a game in hand on four teams above them in the table.

FC Cincinnati started the exact same eleven players as they did against Indy Eleven the previous week, with one exception. Kenney Walker was replaced by Will Seymore. Walker is still recovering from a concussion he sustained the week prior against Indy Eleven.

Starting XI 
Welshman (76′ McLaughlin)
Laing – Bone – Ledesma
Seymore (55′ König) – Ryan
Smith (70′ Haber) – Lasso – Keinan – Hoyte
Newton

FC Cincinnati conceded its first goal of the season in this match after securing clean sheets in their first two contests. Louisville City has yet to concede a goal in 2018.

What’s Next?

The Orange and Blue head to Pennsylvania for a Sunday clash with Bethlehem Steel FC on April 15th. It will be their third road match of the season in only four outings. They dropped two games early last season in the Lehigh Valley and will look to reverse that trend next weekend.

Check in tomorrow for our “Deeper Cuts” analysis of Saturday’s result and more match photos from Ryan Meyer.

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