FC Cincinnati v AFC Cleveland

Details Date Time Competition Season May 17, 2017 7:00 pm U.S. Open Cup 2017 Ground Nippert Stadium 2700 Bearcat Way,


FC Cincinnati


  • Djiby Fall - (117')

AFC Cleveland


May 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Nippert Stadium


Date Time Competition Season
May 17, 2017 7:00 pm U.S. Open Cup 2017


Nippert Stadium
2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA

KO KO 63 63 75 83 89 109 117 FT

FC Cincinnati

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
4Harrison DelbridgeDefender0000
8Paul Nicholson 7Midfielder0000
9Djiby FallForward1 (117')010
10Eric Stevenson 19Midfielder0000
15Pat McMahonDefender0000
21Marco DominguezMidfielder0000
23Andrew WiedemanForward0100
24Derek LukeDefender0000
26Garrett HalfhillDefender0000
30Dallas JayeGoalkeeper0000
80Victor Mansaray 20Forward0000
19Corben Bone 10Midfielder0000
20Jimmy McLaughlin 80Midfielder0000
7Kadeem Dacres 8Forward0010

AFC Cleveland

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
2Bobi Cancar 12Midfielder0000
4Mike DerezicMidfielder0000
7Tom BeckDefender0000
10Admir SuljevicMidfielder0000
11Ben Truax 15Forward0000
14Declan McGivernDefender0000
16Chris CveckoDefender0010
17Coletun LongDefender0000
20Ryan Ware 21Midfielder0000
22Skye HarterMidfielder0000
32Alex IvanovGoalkeeper0000
21Dan Koniarczyk 20Midfielder0000
12Ian Larson 2Defender0000
15Lolo Karpeh 11Forward0000


FC Cincinnati 1  AFC Cleveland 0


117’ Djibi Fall (Assisted by: Andrew Wiedeman)

The reignition of the I-71 derby proved to be one of the more resilient performances in Royals history, but FC Cincinnati were victorious on the night thanks to a 117’ goal from star goalscorer Djiby. Despite a late onslaught of chances from FCC, AFC Cleveland looked to stretch the tie five more minutes to force penalty kicks before the dagger.

AFC Cleveland showed early they were up to the challenge of facing a professional side. FCC were able to give their star attackers Djiby and Eric Stevenson multiple chances to score, but the Royals showed poise and patience to keep a significant amount of possession and create a few chances of their own. For most of the match, it would have been difficult to tell the two Ohio clubs played in different divisions. Alex Ivanov’s Nooma Man of the Match performance kept the Royals in the game with 16 saves

The second half offered more of the same, with AFC Cleveland generating a couple excellent opportunities in the opening 15 minutes of the frame. From the 60and beyond, FC Cincinnati turned the momentum and relentlessly attacked the Royals goal. The visiting side stayed true on defense though, and dealt with every look thrown at them.

Ivanov got his first big stop of the night in the 12’ when he anticipated a pass over the Royals defense and used a diving punch to clear the ball from danger before FC Cincinnati attacker Andrew Wiedeman could pull off a shot.

The Royals best chance of the first half came in the 24’ when Admir Suljevic was brought down in the Royals attacking half, but astutely kept playing to earn an advantage and play Ben Truax through the left channel. Truax was able to dribble to the left corner of FC Cincinnati’s six-yard box, but his shot hit the side of the net.

FC Cincinnati’s best chance came in the 37′ FC Cincinnati’s when Andrew Weideman made a run into AFC Cleveland’s penalty area and attempted a cross behind the Royals defense. The cross was met by Ivanov, and the shot fell to the foot of Djiby. What looked like a sure goal was incredibly denied by a recovering Coletun Long’s slide tackle.

Truax had another chance and nearly scored in the 43’ by anticipating a teammate’s pass from midfield to win the ball in a dangerous area. His first touch put him in position to shoot, and his attempt nearly entered the goal after a deflection off goalkeeper Dallas Jaue before the ball was cleared off the line.

Ryan Ware would almost put the Royals ahead at the start of the second half when he received the ball at the edge of the 18 in front of goal, took a touch to his left and ripped a shot beyond a diving Jaue. The shot hit the left goal-post and landed to Suljevic, who’s shot was intercepted by an FC Cincinnati defender.

An opportunity in the 58’ had AFC Cleveland thinking it finally broke through, but a goal was not allowed by the assistant referee. The chance started when Tom Beck combined with Chris Cvecko to earn a corner kick. Declan McGivern connected with Skye Harter’s kick to put a strong headed shot on goal. The shot was at least level with the goal line before it was cleared away by FC Cincinnati defenders. AFC Cleveland players on the field and bench appealed for a goal; the sideline judge did not appear to see the ball cross the line.

In the 60’, Djiby had a point-blank opportunity roughly eight yards from goal, but Ivanov stood tall once again to deflect the shot wide.

FC Cincinnati generated a variety of shots throughout the last 30 minutes, but Ivanov and the rest of the Royals defense dealt with corners and put themselves in the paths of shots to keep the score 0-0 until the end of regulation. By the end of regulation, FC Cincinnati had 22 shots with 9 corner kicks compared to AFC Cleveland’s 6 shots and four corner kicks.

Appeals for a penalty came from FCC players and the Bailey in the 97’ when Long made a desperation sliding challenge on Djiby, but Long was deemed to have avoided making contact with the forward before clearing the ball.

A headed chance for FCC defender Harrison Delbridge from a corner kick looked to have beat Ivanov in the 103’, but the shot soared just over the bar.

Djiby stepped up to take a free kick in the 104’ 20 yards from goal, but the shot went directly to Ivanov, who initially punched the ball into the air before catching his own save.

Ivanov stepped up again in the 108’ by parrying an uncontested shot from Jimmy McLaughlin.

FC Cincinnati would finally open the scoring in the 117’ when Andrew Wiedeman played a devastating cross into the path of Djiby, who’s far-post header would prove to be the difference.

Ivanov would make another fantastic save on Djiby in the 120’, putting an accent on his stellar night despite the loss.

AFC Cleveland returns to NPSL play this Saturday when they travel to New York for a match against Syracuse FC.