USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
BRADENTON, Fla. – Harrison Delbridge scored a stoppage-time winner as FC Cincinnati took its first victory in club history with a 2-1 win against New York City FC of Major League Soccer on Wednesday night at the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic.
Delbridge’s finish capped a breathtaking final few minutes which saw all three goals arrive in the final minute or later. Luke Spencer opened the scoring for Cincinnati in the 90th minute as he took advantage of a defensive miscue, but moments after the ensuing kickoff, New York’s Tommy McNamara replied with a sensational strike to make it 1-1.
The Australian defender proved to be in the right place at the right time for Cincinnati, however, as he volleyed home a shot after a near-post flick from a cross on the left that found its way through the defense and into the net.
Cincinnati had chances early to take the lead, the best of which came to new signing Sean Okoli as he stole possession from an NYCFC defender and drove in on goal, only for his shot to the right post to be turned aside by City goalkeeper Eirik Johansen.
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NYCFC had chances too, but Cincinnati’s defense held firm to limit any clear looks on goal. Federico Bravo went close just past the hour-mark with a blast from 25 yards, but Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt got down well at the right post to turn it behind for a corner.
The rest of the half saw relatively few chances, until the game came to life in a dramatic finale that left Cincinnati’s players to celebrate their first victory.