The scoreline says it all. Matt Fondy added to his goal tally, City actually executed corner kick, and MAG RAM hit a rocket into the back of the net to provide the margin against a game Richmond Kickers side that just couldn’t get the job done in the final third. The game literally started off on a high note thanks to a great rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and the fireworks on the field started soon after.
Both teams fought for control over the midfield for most of the game, so it wasn’t a surprise that City’s opening goal came off a cross from Bryan Burke on the right in the 17th minute. Burke, who along with Kadeem Dacres marauded down the right all night long, cut in near the corner flag and put in a low ball that Matt Fondy deflected into the goal off his chest for the opening tally. Matthew Fondy Baby now has ten goals on the season which puts him in a tie for second in the race for the Golden Boot. The assist was Burke’s fifth of the season. Richmond threatened City’s goal on a few occasions after that,
Louisville went into the half up a goal, and didn’t waste too much time after the second stanza began to double their lead. Going into the game, Louisville City led the league in corner kicks with 100 through 14 games. However, it has been a sore spot among the coaching staff that the club had only converted one corner kick goal all season, a Tarek Morad header against FC Montreal a few weeks ago. Fortunately, that statistic was doubled in the 51st minute, as Morad again got on an Enrique Montano corner kick from a near post run to put City up 2-0. It was a very well executed play, and one we can hope to see more of very soon.
Kadeem Dacres nearly made it 3-0 a few minutes later off a Charlie Adams pass across the top of the 18 yard box, but his foot caught the field turf covering the Slugger infield, and Richmond’s keeper saved the easy shot. MAG RAM wouldn’t be denied in the 58th minute, as he was able to break loose near the center circle and drove straight down the pipe and put a screamer into the back of the net to provide the game’s final tally.
The evil Mike Callahan finally made an appearance to a rousing chorus of boos with about four minutes to play, but he never touched the ball before the referee blew the final whistle. The win marks City’s second in a row and puts the Bourbons in third place with a game in hand on second place Charlotte, which has 28 points. Elsie is actually second in the conference in points per game at this point in the season.