LEWIS | LouCity coach rips officiating after loss
Two goals in stoppage time leads to a Louisville City FC defeat---and led to an upset James O'Connor questioning the officials.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City FC head coach James O’Connor was livid after his team lost 2-1 to Orlando City B Saturday night at Slugger Field.
With his team leading 1-0 in stoppage time in the second half, a questionable penalty led to an Orlando goal and then another stoppage time goal spelled defeat for Lou City.
“I’d never come out here and moan about referees but…when you have another game that is decided by the referee and now you go and ask can you speak to the officials to actually go and explain their thinking, you’re told you can’t actually speak to them,” O’Connor said.
This is the second time this month that a questionable call cost Louisville a win. In the match against Charleston, it appeared Louisville City goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh caught the ball, but contact was made and Charleston scored the tying goal. The game ended with a 1-1 draw.
“Hopefully somebody from the league will come out and actually start giving us some answers. When that happened (against) Charleston, no one actually speaks about it and it gets pushed under the carpet,” said O’Connor. “At what point do we turn around and say ‘that’s not acceptable?’”
Despite the loss, LouCity FC remains in the lead in the USL Eastern Conference. The team is on the road Friday to take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
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