The Riverhounds returned home on Saturday night to pick up its second win of the season thanks to a pair of second half goals from Albert Dikwa and Kenardo Forbes, before a sellout crowd at Highmark Stadium in a match that was played with an intermittent heavy shower on Saturday night.
With the win, the Hounds moved up a bit in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference standings, to fourth place, as they now have nine points after six matches (2-1-3 | W-L-D)
PSN’s Mark Goodman and Ed Thompson were there to capture the action.
Goodman provided the immediate match report, including getting reaction from Hounds Head Coach Bob Lilley and both goal scorers.
In addition, Ed Thompson withstood the elements, and brought back some fantastic images of the action.
Look for more on the Hounds including further analysis and takeaways from PSN team to come — including in Takeaways and Player Grades and Sounding Off on Soccer in the coming days.
Post Match Press Conference with Bob Lilley and Riverhounds’ Kenardo Forbes and Albert Dikwa
Forbes on the win and what it means to the team…
“It’s a step going forward,” said Kenardo Forbes.
“In previous games, we’ve had a good spell, two good spells in 90 minutes, keeping the ball. Tonight, we had more spells – more possession tonight. That was the focus coming into the game.”
“The boys did well tonight. It’s a building block.”
Lilley on his team’s effort and first half struggles to connect the dots…
“Our energy was good from the start, but our quality could have been better.”
“There were moments where we were all sprinting for the through ball, and someone needs to stop, and give a simple pass. Like, every time you get the ball, it’s not a breakaway moment. We were so eager to attack. I would have liked to have seen a little more patience in the first half. We could have gotten a rhythm and we could have consistently broken them down.”
Dikwa on his goal to break the deadlock…
“To be a perfect striker, you have to score whatever position you are in … right foot, left foot, header, you have to score,” Dikwa said. “I scored with my chest tonight. … That’s all right too.”
Dikwa on getting into position for the goal, and handing credit to his coach…
“First of all, I’m going to give the credit to coach. Every training, he’s telling us ‘you have to make the first post run; you have to be active in the box.’ I was just in the goal position, and he looked and found me.”
Lilley on the service from Luke Biasi, and what he saw on Dikwa’s goal…
“It was a was an excellent ball from Luke (Biasi), who has had some really good outings recently,” Lilley said. “I wasn’t sure if it was his hip, his chest or his belly button, but (Dikwa) crashed in and got in front of goal.
The Hounds elder central midfielder, Forbes, on his rare header goal…
“I challenged myself a little bit, because normally I don’t get in the box and score on headers. I mean it’s the second time in the USL in nine years, so that says a lot. It means a lot to me to get on the score sheet because it’s been a bit of a slow start for me and tonight was my best game so far. Hopefully I can build on this going forward.”
“In this game, we attacked more. We attacked more. That was a good sign.”
“This group is a really talented group. The togetherness is there. Hopefully we can do a lot of damage this season.”
Ed Thompson Photo Gallery (PITvRGV)
Twitter Reaction (PITvRGV)
— Tuffy Shallenberger (@Tuffy_Shall) April 16, 2023
Tonight’s action between the @RiverhoundsSC and the @RGVFC was incredible. Great game with a ton of action. Read all the stories over at @pghsoccernow. @soccer_rabbi has the recap and more over there.
#PITvRGV #HOUNDTAHN pic.twitter.com/9ZPorNbyRB
— Ed Thompson (@ThompsonFoto12) April 16, 2023
Unlike Dr. Ian Malcolm, I enjoy being right all the time.
With RGV struggling, and the Hounds catching some bad breaks due to level off, this turned out to be the get-right game I anticipated. It really was the perfect storm (actual storm notwithstanding).#UNLEASH #HOUNDTAHN https://t.co/Rb0S3purHH
— Matt Popchock (@PopchockSays) April 16, 2023
Yinz!! Riverhounds games SELL OUT because the team is amazing and the atmosphere is electric. And the atmosphere is electric because the team is amazing and games sell out. https://t.co/XbEhegOxWE
— Patty, Just Patty (@padavies3) April 16, 2023
The Toros won the following statistics today.
Possession [60,7%], Duels succes rate [53,6%], 325:505 passes, Passing accuracy [77,6%], tackles success rate [75%] …
All of this doesn't matter, if we can't score and five goals in six games aren't good. #PITvRGV #RGVFC pic.twitter.com/2VpXcYcf4r
— ShadowWulf (@DerSchattenwolf) April 16, 2023
They are playing a second Poison song. Dear @JohnKrysinsky : I deserve hazard pay for working this game. https://t.co/UG4g2JgV0Y
— Soccer Rabbi (@soccer_rabbi) April 16, 2023
Me: “oh my God those jerseys are bright – highlighter orange.”
Jaren Steele of triblive: “Do not adjust you tv set.”#HOUNDTAHN vs #RGVToros pic.twitter.com/g0rWkB11aU
— Soccer Rabbi (@soccer_rabbi) April 15, 2023
It's a Cosy Midnight Kick Off Here At Pittsburgh House UK!! #PittsburghRiverhounds #HoundTahn #Unleash #UKRiverhound #Hounds #Riverhounds #PITvRGV #UKHounds #SteelArmy pic.twitter.com/w6t17yww71
— Fez Seagrave (@ukriverhound) April 15, 2023