PITTSBURGH (May 23, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run came to an end Wednesday at Highmark Stadium, as the team dropped its third round match to FC Cincinnati, 3-1.
Making his Hounds debut after subbing into the match in the 72nd minute, Dennis Chin went on to score the team’s lone tally. On the defensive end, this game marks the first time the Hounds have allowed at least three goals in a league or Open Cup match this season.
Taking a 1-0 lead into the break, FC Cincinnati scored twice more in the second half to power it to victory. In the 61st minute, Lance Laing converted from about 30 yards out on a free kick. The defender blasted a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net to give Cincinnati a 2-0 advantage.
It did not take Cincinnati long to score its third and final tally. Just one minute after Laing’s goal, midfielder Daniel Haber collected a faulty clearance in the penalty area and placed his shot past goalkeeper Dan Lynd.
Chin added his goal in the 88th minute. Following a run and shot by Andrew Lubahn inside the penalty area, the striker charged a loose ball that deflected off goalkeeper Spencer Richey. The former USL Golden Boot winner then slid into the goalmouth to knock in his first career Pittsburgh goal.
Before FC Cincinnati notched its two second half goals, Pittsburgh had a chance in the 58th minute to knot the score at 1-1. Christiano François made a run down the right side of the field before crossing the ball into the 18-yard box. With the sphere approaching the goalmouth, Sem de Wit made a dangerous clear, which caromed off the crossbar and landed at the feet of Neco Brett in the center of the penalty box. Brett’s shot subsequently went over the target.
In the first half, FC Cincinnati broke the nil-nil score with a tally in the 39th minute. Fielding a through-ball from Emery Welshman inside of the penalty area, midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin then released a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal to provide Cincinnati with a 1-0 advantage.
The Hounds had two shots on target in the first half of play. Midfielder Joe Holland was the first to test Richey with a right-footed shot from outside of the 18-yard box in the 29th minute. Two minutes later, defender Jordan Dover fielded a pass from François inside the penalty area and also had his right-footed shot saved by Richey.
Riverhounds SC (4-0-5) has a quick turnaround, as it will battle Penn FC (2-3-4) in a Keystone Derby Cup showdown, presented by K&L Gates and the Pennsylvania Lottery, at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Highmark Stadium. The Hounds will debut their new black adidas kits for the first time this season while fans are encouraged to wear black to the first-ever “blackout” of Highmark Stadium.
Riverhounds SC – Dan Lynd – Ray Lee, Tobi Adewole, Todd Pratzner, Hugh Roberts (Andrew Lubahn 72’), Jordan Dover (Dennis Chin 72’) – Christiano François, Joe Holland, Kenardo Forbes, Noah Franke – Neco Brett (Romeo Parkes 80’)
Subs not used: Mike Kirk, Kevin Kerr, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Ben Zemanski
FC Cincinnati – Spencer Richey – Matt Bahner, Sem de Wit, Forrest Lasso, Lance Laing (Blake Smith 90+) – Will Seymore, Michael Lahoud – Russell Cicerone, James McLaughlin, Daniel Haber (Kenney Walker 75’) – Emery Welshman (Tomi Ameobi 86’)
Subs not used: Nazmi Albadwi, Mark Village
CIN – Jimmy McLaughlin 39’ (Emery Welshman)
CIN – Lance Laing 61’
CIN – Daniel Haber 62’
PGH – Dennis Chin 88’
CIN – Lance Laing 68’ (caution)
PGH – Andrew Lubahn 78’ (caution)
Head coach Bob Lilley
On the first goal…
“On the first goal, we just fell asleep. It was a long ball that wasn’t challenged and had a runner off of it. We were ball watching and a guy slipped in behind us. We had the numbers, we just didn’t react to the play.”
“The adjustments we made at halftime worked because we definitely created more chances in the second half. I think our guys attacked the game, and we had some good performances.”
On league play…
“Our focus goes right back on to the league and continuing to show that we are a top team. This won’t affect us the next time we play Cincinnati. No one is going to go through the entire league season unbeaten.”
Forward Dennis Chin
On his first minutes and goal…
“It’s been rough for me missing so many games with the injury. I’ve never had that in my career, so it’s good to get my first minutes. I would have loved to have gotten a win out of it, but a goal is good to go by.”
On getting healthy…
“Mentally it is tough because I am usually involved everywhere I have been. It has been good to get a different aspect of the game and support your team. I have to stay the path, take some time and get back where I need to be.”
On Neco Brett…
“I’m a big fan of Neco, and I think he can score a lot of goals this year and forever in his career. We have some good players on this team that can score and create chances.”