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DERBY DAY RECAP: RIVER LIGHT VS. CHICAGO CITY



A productive first half performance from River Light FC was enough to fly past Chicago City SC at Hoyne Park in another USL League Two victory. Defeating Derby rivals Chicago City 3-1, Logan Finnegan got himself a first half brace after Nick Fernandez opened the scoring in the 10th minute of action. 


“Once we figured out how to keep it on the ground and play through them and utilize our strengths on the field I think we did really well in converting those chances,” Finnegan said. 


It wasn’t long before River Light found the back of the net, as Micheal Rossi received a pass in the center of the box and passed the ball back to an open Fernandez who had space and time to shoot a powerful strike to the top right corner. 


Adding more damage just three minutes later, this time Fernandez slipped a pass to Finnegan who squeezed past the high City backline and released an elevated attempt past the opposing keeper in the 18th minute of action. 


A couple moments later, Rossi almost found the Lights third goal as he hit the ball mid-air in the box, prompting a City defender to make a quick clearance off the line. 



Despite River Light not needing keeper Alex Flowers' shot-stopping abilities in the first half, he made an impact offensively, constantly feeding the frontline. It was in one of these actions that River Light found their third of the night, as Finnegan scored his second inside the box off some long passes up the field. 


Heading into the second half with a 3-0 advantage, Flowers was put into action, saving multiple City attempts.


In the first six minutes, Flowers extinguished two important opportunities for Chicago City who were still searching for their first. City eventually found their goal but weren’t able to find any more as they took their third consecutive defeat this season. 


A trip to Des Moines is in the cards for River Light as they take on Des Moines Menace this Saturday at Valley Stadium. Check back on gameday for the full preview of this match-up!


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