Louisville City FC defeated FC Cincinnati, 0-1, in front of a crowd of over 25,000 at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night.
Ten minutes in, LouCity had their first attempt on goal. Marauding forward, Kyle Smith pushed his way past the back line and tested Cincy 'keeper Evan Newton, who produced a good save from close range.
After a little persistence in the attacking third, the "Boys in Purple" broke the deadlock just 13 minutes in. As FCC failed to clear a loose ball in their penalty area, forward Cameron Lancaster came sweeping in to fire home from close range with his left foot. At the break, LouCity led, 0-1.
FCC came out the more aggressive side to start the second half, but the LouCity defense held tight. In the 53rd minute, Emmanuel Ledesma nearly opened the scoring for the hosts, but instead fired over the bar from close range.
Minutes later, defender Sean Totsch put the hearts of Cincinnati fans in their throats, nearly doubling the visitors' advantage only to head wide into the side-netting.
With a quarter of an hour to play, Cincy substitute Danni Konig again looked to test the LouCity backline. Taking a cross from out wide, Konig skied to head the delivery only to see it rise over the bar and out.
In the end, another steadfast performance from LouCity saw them earn all three points in the Dirty River Derby. Behind the 1-0 win, LouCity moves to 3-0-0 (9 pts.) on the season, while goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh earned his third consecutive clean sheet.
Next up, the "Boys in Purple" host Richmond Kickers on Saturday, April 14 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Slugger Field.
The Key Points:
On tonight's performance:
"I thought in the first half, we played some really excellent football. I thought that we were a little unlucky not to go in more than one-up. At times, there was some lovely football so we can be pleased with that. Still, there's a little bit more understanding we need to work on. But we have to be happy. Winning one-nil is really, really pleasing. I'm very proud of the players tonight because I thought they were exceptional at times."
On Lancaster's goal turning the tide:
"I think [FCC] started in the first five minutes coming to attack, but I always felt, after that once we started to get on the ball and keep it, I thought we caused them some real problems. As I said, I think on another night we maybe would've gone ahead further than one-up at halftime.
Second half, I thought we started pretty well but unfortunately, we had lads who had some niggles and forced us into some changes. But overall, they started to come at us a bit more in the second half. Equally, we still had a couple chances on the break and I was hopeful we'd get something but we're pleased."
On the performance of the defense:
"They were really good. I think again, for us I thought [the defense] dealt with the crosses well and their passing in the first half at times was very good. But equally, when you look at the effort of the guys in front of them--sometimes when you keep a clean sheet, the defenders naturally get credit. They deserve credit, but also the guys in front of them that clocked up 12 or 13km deserve credit as well!"
On the derby win:
"We're delighted with three points here and really pleased for the supporters who made the trip up tonight. It was a cold evening and I just want to thank everyone who made the trip tonight, it was fantastic to see so many here this evening. Big thank you to our supporters who helped us tonight."
FC Cincinnati 0 : 1 Louisville City FC
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
42 degrees / sunny
LOU - Cameron Lancaster 13'
CIN - Emmanuel Ledesma 35'
LOU - Cameron Lancaster 47'
CIN - Dekel Keinen 61'
CIN - Lance Laing 76'
LOU - Ilija Ilic 90+5'
Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Greg Ranjitsingh (GK); Pat McMahon (Shaun Francis 62'), Sean Totsch, Paco Craig, Oscar Jimenez; Paolo DelPiccolo (c); Kyle Smith, Devon "Speedy" Williams, Magnus Rasmussen, George Davis VI (Niall McCabe 62'); Cameron Lancaster (Ilija Ilic 66')
Bench: Chris Hubbard, Tim Dobrowolski, Alexis Souahy, Brian Ownby