Louisville City FC (11-4-5) defeated FC Cincinnati (8-8-7) 5-0 at Slugger Field Saturday night.
Niall McCabe, Luke Spencer, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Richard Ballard and Sean Reynolds all scored in the demolition of their River Cities rival.
The boys in purple turned in arguably their best USL performance to date in front of 13,812, their first sellout crowd in the club’s history.
Louisville attacked Cincinnati early and often. Sean Totsch had a great chance in the fourth minute that forced Cincinnati goalkeeper to make a tough save. And captain Kyle Smith connected on a point-blank header to force another save four minutes later.
City took the lead in the 16th minute. Totsch swung in a cross from the right flank, and McCabe went up to head past the outstretched Hildebrandt.
The momentum completely swung in City’s way when Cincinnati was reduced to ten men in the 36th minute. Spencer dispossessed Austin Berry to force a breakaway situation. Sem De Wit was the last man and inadvertently tangled legs with the striker. The referee had no choice but to give the Dutchman his marching orders.
City doubled their advantage in stoppage time of the first half. After a crunching tackle by Austin Berry had forced a corner kick, Cincinnati’s zonal marking left Luke Spencer wide open for him to head home for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
City put on a different showing than they did in their previous outing against their River City rivals. Cincinnati failed to register a shot in the first half compared to City’s 11, with nine on goal.
Cincinnati had no response for the City pressure, so Kaye put the game to rest in the 56th minute. The Canadian international played a one-two with Spencer and one-timed the return pass just under Hildebrandt for his second goal of the season.
City poured it on with Ballard adding a fourth in the 72nd minute. Spencer played Ballard into space with a lane to goal. His shot from close range was too strong for Hildebrandt to stop.
Goals continued as Reynolds added the fifth for City in the 82nd minute. Paco Craig’s cross found two unmarked City players in the box. Hildebrandt was left flat footed as he could do nothing about Reynolds’ free header.
City took full advantage being up a man, and the stat sheet showed. The boys in purple bombarded Cincinnati with 30 shots, 15 on goal to latter’s eight total. City also tallied ten corners in the contest.
Following the win, Louisville City retakes second place in the Eastern Conference standings with two games in hand of leaders Charlotte.
Louisville City will travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Bethlehem Steel on Aug. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.