Photo courtesy Brett Hansauber / FC Cincinnati
CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati got things going early and never looked back as it powered to a 4-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers in front of 28,026 fans at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night. FCC opened the scoring in the eighth minute through a moment of individual brilliance from Emmanuel Ledesma, who spotted Richmond goalkeeper Travis Worra off his line and hit a powerful dipping shot from a tight angle which snuck in under the crossbar to get the big crowd even louder. The hosts continued to hold the bulk of the possession after taking the early lead, continuing to look dangerous, but the Kickers looked to hit on the counterattack and were charging forward whenever they took back possession. But Cincinnati's possession told in the 36th minute when Nazmi Albadawi was afforded just a shade too much space on the edge of the area, which allowed him to place a shot just out of Worra’s reach to double the lead. The hosts made it three when a perfect through-ball from Justin Hoyte allowed Danni Konig to break the offside trap, getting through one-on-one with Worra to all but seal the match, and score his seventh of the season taking back the club lead from Ledesma. But Ledesma responded, leveling Konig for the club lead in the 67th minute with another strike from distance, this time centrally as his shot just in front of Worra to wrap up his brace, and the final score.
8’ – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma (Danni Konig)
36’ – CIN – Nazmi Albadawi (Michael Lahoud)
60’ – CIN – Danni Konig (Justin Hoyte)
67’ – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma (Justin Hoyte)
Three Things That Matter:
1. This series is traditionally tight, with only one win, a 2-0 victory to FC Cincinnati on July 9th 2017. This match blew that wide open, as Cincinnati asserted its domination in this match, managing its second four-goal home game of the season.
2. Managing a big home win was important for FCC which has struggled at home this season with a 2-2-2 record. This win now puts the club on a two-match home undefeated streak, following on from its 2-2 draw with Bethlehem Steel FC on Wednesday night, for the first time this season.
3. It’s been hard on the road again for the Richmond Kickers this season, with this match marking a fifth straight road loss. The Kickers have lost every match played away from home this season and will be glad for a two-match home run beginning next Saturday against the Charlotte Independence.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Emmanuel Ledesma, FC Cincinnati — With a brace Ledesma impressed throughout the match, not just managing two goals but he also won nine duels and made seven tackles.
FC Cincinnati vs. Toronto FC II — June 27, 7p.m. ET, Lamport Stadium
Richmond Kickers vs. Charlotte Independence — June 23, 7p.m. ET, City Stadium