FC Cincinnati traveled to a rain-soaked Slugger Field to face their rivals in the final USL Dirty River Derby before heading on to greener pastures.
Considering the wet and windy conditions, both sides played some decent fútbol to start the match. Although Louisville City had the better chances early on, it was the Orange & Blue who got on the scoreboard first. In the 23rd minute, several connecting passes by Fatai Alashe and Nazmi Albadawi released Emmanuel Ledesma down the right flank. Manu cleverly opened his hips to float a cross to a wide-open Corben Bone. The midfielder was ready for the service and connected perfectly on a volley that beat Greg Ranjitsingh. The ball almost stopped on the water logged-pitch before it hit the post and trickled into the net for his sixth goal of the season.
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Spencer Richey was up to the wet challenge and contributed to the abbreviated match with several terrific saves. When nearby lightning was noticed, the match official stopped play in the 38th minute. After a 20-minute delay the game was officially postponed until a later date. The match will resume where it left of in the 38th minute with a 1-0 score.
Suspended Score: Louisville City FC 0 – 1 FC Cincinnati (38th minute)
With Pa Konate and Michael Lahoud on international duty in Africa, Alan Koch made 3 changes to the side that roared back to victory over Pittsburgh. Blake Smith returned to starting line-up following his red card suspension. Paddy Barrett replaced Dekel Keinan and Emery Welshman played the point in place of Danni König. Matt Bahner and Richie Ryan were unavailable with injuries.
Bone – Albadawi – Ledesma
Alashe – Walker
Smith – Lasso – Barrett – Hoyte
Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press as we will bring you any news on the reschedule of this match.
Up next on the official schedule, FCC will take on USL D3-bound Toronto FC II at Nippert next Sunday. FCC will look to avenge a late collapse in Toronto in June that led to a surprise draw against the bottom feeders in the East.