A late penalty call gifted Louisville City FC a crucial three points as George Davis IV scored in City’s 1-0 win over the Richmond Kickers.
Coach James O’Connor stated midweek that City’s defense was not “makeshift,” and it proved correct as the back four have yet to concede a goal to the opposition. An own goal against Orlando City B is the only goal against Louisville City this season.
City had to withstand the early pressure by Richmond before they were able to play their game. Richmond were content to sit back so City patiently operated through the right flank.
City Stadium went into a roar of applause in the 20th minute, celebrating the life of Kofi Nti, who tragically past away on March 27. The Ghana native was the Community Director with the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club.
It was back and forth action in the first half. Richmond’s best chance came on a free kick in the 30th minute. Maxim Tissot curled an effort to the left post, but City goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski made huge save to keep the score level. From that point on, City began to enjoy more of the ball and dominated possession.
The best chance of the afternoon went to Brian Ownby in the 55th minute. Ownby cut inside and controlled a pass in the center of the field. He created room and fired a low shot to the right post. Richmond goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky used all of his 6’6″ frame to stretch and make the save.
City was awarded a penalty in the 80th minute after Mark-Anthony Kaye’s shot hit Aaron Durkin’s arm. George Davis IV stepped up against the rookie stopper and calmly placed his shot to the right post, sending Klenofsky the other way to give City the 1-0 advantage.
Richmond had one last chance in the 89th minute. Luiz Fernando Nascimento ran down a cross on the left wing and centered a ball to his compatriot Oliver, but he fired way over.
Louisville City return home to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday, April 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.