FC Cincinnati comes back to get a 2-2 draw against the Riverhounds
In the fifth match of the season, and second at home, FC Cincinnati and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds fought to a 2-2 draw. Both Danni Konig and Kenney Walker scored their first goals of the season, but this was the first game where GK Evan Newton allowed multiple goals in a single game.
Pittsburgh scored early in the match, from a deflected shot from Jordan Dover in the sixth minute, leaving the Orange and Blue to play from behind for the majority of the match. The Riverhounds were in control at the beginning of the match, but then FC Cincinnati started getting possession, which is a positive from the match.
FCC really were the better side midway through the first half. Their opportunities were more exciting, and more frequent. The attack from the home side started to bear fruit at the 59th minute, when Danni Konig scored for the Orange and Blue. This was Konig’s first goal of the season, as mentioned before, and helped give new life for FCC.
59' @DanniKonig pulls us back level after getting on the end of a @LedeManu18 pass and we're all square with 30 minutes to play!#CINvPGH | 1-1 pic.twitter.com/9bAcPgRawG— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) April 22, 2018
However, FC Cincinnati let up on the gas, and the Riverhounds took advantage, when Thomas Vancaeyezeele scored at the 73rd minute.
This took none of the energy out of the team, however, because the newly subbed-in Kenney Walker scored to tie the game back up at the 78th minute. Walker had just returned from a two-game stint of recovery after the concussion from Indy Eleven. The strike from Walker really made the club starting playing their hearts out to get the game-winning goal.V-EAZY PUTS US UP ONE❗️— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) April 22, 2018
Congrats on your first career professional goal, Thomas! #CINvPGH pic.twitter.com/l49UjPQSNC
79' Minutes after stepping on the pitch, @yennek_reklaw pounces on the rebound and pulls us back even!— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) April 22, 2018
Ten minutes to find a winner now!#CINvPGH | 2-2 pic.twitter.com/xCDU3B4zqf
The rest of the match was a battle to see if someone could come up with the winning goal, and FC Cincinnati had almost all of the chances. There were many looks the club got which looked to be great, but didn’t convert to a goal. Unfortunately, the final whistle blew, and signaled a 2-2 draw.
FC Cincinnati, according to the USL match page, had 63.8 percent of the possession, which is better than previous matches and also the previous seasons. This comes from the much improved play of the midfield. Nazmi Albadawi finally showed the much-touted potential which we heard so much about before the season. If the team can keep up this play, and continue to develop the chemistry with Albadawi, Bone and Walker, then this team will be great.
Danni Konig showed the usual energy and heart which we have come to know from him, and he was a great start for the team. It also allowed the fresh Emory Welshman to come into the game late, and make a difference as well.
The defense of FC Cincinnati allowed the most goals in one game, and they were both easily fixable, the first off a deflection and the second a very big marking issue, which came off a counterattack. The Riverhounds defense was highly-touted prior to the match, as they had not allowed a goal for the whole season. They were for real, but FC Cincinnati showed their offensive potential, converting two chances into goals. This is, hopefully, a sign of good things to come for the offense.
FC Cincinnati came into this match hoping for a win, as they always do, but they were lucky to get a point at the end. Small mistakes led to the club needing to tighten up the bootstraps, and show the energy they need to every match, and it worked. This offense against a less-defensive club will spell defeat for the opposing club. Even though it was only a draw, let’s hope it leads to some victories with the experience they got today.