FC Cincinnati launched its 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign with a decisive 4-1 victory over Detroit City FC in front of a sold-out crowd at Gettler Stadium on Wednesday. It took time but the floodgates eventually opened. The much anticipated second round match started with FC Cincinnati taking control early. The Orange & Blue had most of the possession and Detroit City FC team seemed content to sit back and absorb pressure.
Although that tactic produced chances for FC Cincinnati, none of them resulted in an opening goal. The situation changed in the 31st minute when DCFC collected an errant pass, countered and scored a goal through Shawn Lawson to put the visitors ahead.
That goal would be answered by FC Cincinnati less than four minutes later as Forrest Lasso headed a cross back toward goal for Emery Welshman. The Canadian headed into the net bringing the game back to level. The pace significantly picked up after the second goal but the 1-1 score carried into the halftime break.
The second half would see the starting eleven for both squads come out pushing the attack. Alan Koch made three substitutions after the break but no one could break though and the contest pushed into overtime.
Corben Bone scored the eventual winner just minutes into extra time by neatly finishing a perfect ball cut back from end line by Emery Welshman. The floodgates then opened and Welshman added two more extra time goals to claim a hat trick.
Bone’s game winning goal in the third minute of extra time.
Bad to the Bone ☠︎
— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) May 17, 2018
Final Score: FC Cincinnati 4 – 1 Detroit City FC
28′ – YELLOW CARD – DCFC – Stephen Carroll
31′ – GOAL – DCFC – Shawn Lawson (assist Danny Deakin)
35′ – GOAL – CIN – Emery Welshman (assist Forrest Lasso)
83′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Russell Cicerone
89′ – YELLOW CARD – DCFC – Wilfred Williams
94′ – GOAL – CIN – Corben Bone (assist Emery Welshman)
99′ – GOAL – CIN – Emery Welshman (assist Russell Cicerone)
110′ – GOAL – CIN – Emery Welshman (assist Jimmy McLaughlin)
With tonight’s result FC Cincinnati earned its third straight second round win in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Emery Welshman earned the club’s first hat trick in any Open Cup match competition. He also assisted on Bone’s game winning goal.
The starting eleven included nine changes from last Saturday’s match against the Charlotte Independence. Paddy Barrett started at center back and wore the armband for the Orange & Blue. Nazmi Albadawi and Evan Newton both returned from injury and took places in the starting lineup.
Mclaughlin – Albadawi (Bone 67′) – Haber (Cicerone 60′)
Seymore – Lahoud
Laing (Smith 85′) – Lasso – Barrett (C) – Bahner
— Orange & Blue Press (@orangebluepress) May 17, 2018
It’s on to round three in pursuit of the Cup. FC Cincinnati travels north to face Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC next Wednesday, May 23rd, at Highmark Stadium. The Riverhounds advanced 2-1 versus Erie Commodores FC at Gannon University Field in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
But first FC Cincinnati returns to USL league play this Saturday at Nippert Stadium against USL newcomers North Carolina FC. The Orange and Blue will strive for three points at home to help solidify their spot at the top of the Eastern Conference table.
Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.