FC Cincinnati tested their squad depth on Wednesday and earned an impressive 3-2 road victory against Indy Eleven at Lucas Oil Stadium. The victory was their fourth this season in five matches played away from Nippert Stadium.
Each team snagged a pair of goals in a back-and-forth first half. The Orange & Blue were awarded an early penalty kick in the sixth minute when Emery Welshman was fouled by defender Carlyle Mitchell in the box. Kenney Walker converted the ensuing penalty kick, claiming a small slice of revenge after an unpleasant visit to Lucas Oil in March.
Shortly thereafter, the home side scored two goals in seven minutes to reclaim the lead. Jack McInerney grabbed a stray back-pass by Walker in the 24th minute and got his own rebound from a Spencer Richey save to make it 1-1. The second of Indy’s two goals was a penalty kick awarded against Paddy Barrett, despite seemingly little contact between the Irishman and Soony Saad. However, five minutes before halftime, Jimmy McLaughlin leveled the score at 2-2, finishing off a beautiful slice of buildup play between himself, Corben Bone, and Emery Welshman.
FC Cincinnati played a compelling second half, controlling a fair share possession and creating quality chances throughout. Their efforts paid dividends in the 54th minute when Corben Bone placed a manicured strike past Indy goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams from 20 yards out. The goal was assisted by midfielder Mike Lahoud, who claimed his first start in an FCC jersey this season.
REPLAY: @MikeLahoud gets the assist as he picks off an Indy clearance and finds @CorbenBone who places nicely from the top of the 18 to put us back on top!#JoinTheMarch | #INDvCIN pic.twitter.com/fjP04h9VZq
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) May 3, 2018
The 3-2 lead would stand for the duration of the contest despite some late pressure from the Eleven. Manu Ledesma, Will Seymore, and Tomi Ameobi all came on as substitutes and got their hands dirty putting the game to bed. Final score: Indy Eleven 2 – 3 FC Cincinnati.
7′ – GOAL – CIN – Kenney Walker (PK)
24′ – GOAL – IND – Jack McInerney
30′ – GOAL – IND – Ayoze (PK)
41′ – GOAL – CIN – Jimmy McLaughlin (assist Corben Bone)
54′ – GOAL – CIN – Corben Bone (assist Mike Lahoud)
60′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Forrest Lasso
72′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Emery Welshman
75′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Kenney Walker
88′ – YELLOW CARD – IND – Ayoze
The result takes FC Cincinnati to 14 points and moves them up to the lofty heights of second place in the Eastern Conference after seven matches played. Indy Eleven remains in seventh place on ten points.
FCC featured a rotated roster that included six changes to the squad that earned a 3-0 victory against Ottawa Fury FC. Emery Welshman, Jimmy McLaughlin, Daniel Haber, Mike Lahoud, Matt Bahner, and Paddy Barrett all entered the fray as starters in this contest.
Welshman (86′ Ameobi)
McLaughlin – Bone (81′ Seymore) – Haber (67′ Ledesma)
Lahoud – Walker
Smith – Lasso – Barrett – Bahner
Barrett and Lahoud received their first starts of the 2018 season. Nazmi Albadawi, Richey Ryan, and Evan Newton all missed the match with minor injuries.
FC Cincinnati “inaugurals”, players that featured on the 2016 roster, scored all three goals on Wednesday.
Alan Koch’s goatee is 2-0 this season and is, in part, responsible for six FC Cincinnati goals.
The Orange and Blue head back home to Nippert Stadium for their third match in eight days. They’ll face Atlanta United 2 for the first time ever in a 7 pm Saturday kickoff in the Queen City. The USL newcomers have talent on their roster but are winless in their last five games. Alan Koch and company will be looking for maximum points and their first home win of 2018 this weekend.
Check in tomorrow for more analysis of Wednesday’s result and also stay tuned for our Match Program preview of FC Cincinnati versus Atlanta United 2.