Alex Ring scores against FC Cincy. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. — New York City FC extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati at Red Bull Arena Saturday night.
Team captain Alex Ring and right back Anton Tinnerholm scored for NYCFC in the closed-door match.
Fifth-place NYCFC (5-5-1, 16 points) is 4-0-1 since a controversial 1-0 loss to the rival Red Bulls Aug. 20 while 13th-place Cincy (9) dropped to dropped to 2-6-3.
“We won, fully deserved,” NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said.
It wasn’t all happy news for the hosts as star midfielder Maxi Moralez walked off the field with a leg injury on the half hour.
His replacement, Gary Mackay-Steven wound up setting up the first goal in the 39th minute as he found Ring making a run towards the goal box.
Tinnerholm doubled margin in the 55th minute. A corner kick was deflected out of the area, but the right back fired a shot from distance home for a 2-0 lead.
“It’s this time of the year,” Tinnerholm said. “You know it’s going to happen. But yeah, it was a good one. I felt like all the players were grouping to the ball and I got a little space. I have confidence in what I do right now and got a quick thought ‘why not? Let’s try’ and it was in the back of the net. Pretty good feeling.”
FC Cincinnati ended a goalless streak of more than 500 minutes as Brandon Vazquez took advantage of a poor giveaway from a home defender and cut the lead in half in the 74th minute.
Up until that goal, Deila had liked what he had seen.
“First 70 minutes, you can’t do any better than that,” he said. “That’s really good. The intensity, the pressure, how we break lines, the great chances, we scored two goals. They had nothing.”
City managed to hold off the visitors to register the win.
“Last 20 [minutes], we were suffering after we gave them a goal,” Deila said. “We needed to have three behind in the end to get to calm down. But we did get good control and the boys controlled the game out.”