LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a stoppage of play and ultimately an abandonment on Saturday night when the teams first met at Louisville Slugger Field, FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC resumed the game on Tuesday evening with FC Cincinnati claiming a 1-0 road victory following the full 90 minutes.
The win secured FC Cincinnati (19-3-6, 63 pts.) at least a first-round home game at Nippert Stadium in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs, which are slated to begin Oct. 20.
On Saturday night, Corben Bone staked FC Cincinnati to a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute before the teams were sent off the field because of lightning in the area and torrential downpours. Shortly after, the match was abandoned when the combination grass and artificial surface field became unplayable because of pooling water.
Louisville City FC (13-6-8, 47 pts.) maintained an edge in possession throughout the end of the first half and into the second on Tuesday night, but was unable to put more than one shot on target on FCC’s Spencer Richey in the resumed game. Richey finished the match with five saves - including four on Saturday night - to wrap up his fourth shutout of the season and the team’s 12th of the year.
With his assist on Bone’s goal, Emmanuel Ledesma claimed a share of the USL single-season assist record with his 12th of the year. Two other players have reach that mark, the last time coming in 2017. FCC has six games remaining in the season.
FC Cincinnati will return to Nippert Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the club hosts Toronto FC II at 4:30 p.m. The match will be televised on CW Cincinnati, on the radio on ESPN 1530 and streamed live on ESPN+.
For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. For more information about FC Cincinnati tickets, call 513-977-KICK (5425) or visit fccincinnati.com/tickets.
FC Cincinnati 1, Louisville City FC 0
Louisville Slugger Field | Louisville, Ky.
Started: Saturday, September 8, 2018 | Completed: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
FCC - Corben Bone (Emmanuel Ledesma) 23’
FC Cincinnati: Spencer Richey, Justin Hoyte, Paddy Barrett ©, Forrest Lasso, Blake Smith, Kenney Walker, Fatai Alashe, Nazmi Albadawi, Corben Bone (Tyler Gibson 69’), Emmanuel Ledesma (Jimmy McLaughlin 83’), Emery Welshman (Fanendo Adi 74’)
Bench: Evan Newton, Dekel Keinan, Russell Cicerone, Danni König
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on goal 1, Fouls 10, Offsides 1, Corner kicks 4, Saves 5, Possession 41.4%
Louisville City FC: Gregory Ranjitsingh, Oscar Jimenez, Paco Craig, Alexis Souahy (Richard Ballard 82’), Kyle Smith, Devon Williams, Paolo DelPiccolo ©, Niall McCabe (Shaun Francis 65’), Ilija Ilic (Luke Spencer 71’), George Davis IV, Cameron Lancaster
Bench: Tim Dobrowolski, Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon, José Carranza (Saturday) / Chris Hubbard (Tuesday)
STATS: Shots 19, Shots on goal 5, Fouls 10, Offsides 2, Corner kicks 13, Saves 0, Possession 58.6%
FCC - Spencer Richey (caution) 90+3’
LOU - Pablo DelPiccolo (caution) 90+3’
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira (Sept. 8), Joshua Brooks (Sept. 11)
Weather: 68 degrees and rain (Sept. 8), 71 degrees and cloudy (Sept. 11)
Man of the Match: Spencer Richey
HOW IT HAPPENED
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11
FCC Head Coach Alan Koch
“I think the players dealt with adversity. I’ve never been through this in my career and I don’t think any of our players have been through something like this where you go down the road to your rival and start a game and then have to stop for understandable reasons and then come back a couple of days later and get to replay the game. I have a lot of respect for the players and have they dealt with adversity in the game tonight and the other night, of course, too. Thankfully we managed to win the derby.”
“Spence (Richey) obviously made a few saves, defenders made some crunching tackles that they had to and we just defended as a group for each other, which is what you have to do when you go on the road.”
On teams looking to petition USL to adopt international rules related to abandoned games
“If you win the game, you feel positive about it. If you lose the game, you feel negative about it. I think it would’ve been impossible to do what we did on Saturday and come back here on Tuesday and have to start and play 90 minutes all over again. I know the league earlier this season did the same thing that they did tonight, so if that’s what the rule is, we’ll abide by the rules. I’m not saying rule is right or wrong, but that’s what the rule is, that’s what they mandated and that’s what we had to embrace. We embraced it and we got the result.
“Just focus on one game at a time. Honestly, coming here tonight was focusing on this game, managing the 50-odd minutes we knew we were going to have to play and we’ll do the exact same thing on Sunday. I think it’s what’s put us in good standing all season long. You focus on one game at a time. You never think beyond that; there’s no point (doing otherwise). You control what you can control. We can control tonight’s game. Now that this is done, we’ll control our recovery and then we’ll focus on our preparations and put ourselves in position for Sunday.”
FCC Goalkeeper Spencer Richey
On tonight’s result…
“It feels awesome. Obviously this game has got a bit more to it, being Louisville and especially down at their place. A bit of a strange one playing the first 40 on Saturday and then coming down tonight and having to finish it off. Any result you can get, whether you play well or not -- we didn't play great tonight or on Saturday -- we’ll take, and especially away from home.”
On if it was challenging to regain his concentration going from Saturday to tonight…
“Well, I got to start the game with a goal kick, so that was nice. Sometimes, I don’t get to touch the ball until five or ten minutes in. But we’ve been on a good run, I’ve been feeling confident lately. I treated it as a normal 90-minute game today, and honestly, I was a little bit surprised when he blew the whistle for halftime because I honestly forgot there for a second. But like I said, the team’s been in good form so there’s no reason anyone should be lacking confidence.”
“We had a couple of goals on (Toronto) up there and they came back in the second half and tied the game up 3-3. We know the table is what it is, but you can’t overlook anyone in this league and we got a valuable lesson up at their place so we’ll be ready for Sunday.”