Seacoast United Phantoms 1 Boston City FC 1
Sat, May 14, 2016 9:51 pm

Boston City FC took a point on the road with a 1-1 draw away to Seacoast United Phantoms on Saturday evening, extending the club’s unbeaten run to three matches.

Boston fell behind after 21 minutes when defender Gabriel Da Souza, whose goal beat the Phantoms in a home match a week ago, looped a header over City goalkeeper Neneca on the end of a probing Matias Candia shot for the third own goal conceded in four matches this season.

Two minutes later, Boston drew level when Jadilson Vieira curled a free kick around the wall and when his spectacular strike rebounded off the post, Homero Morais was first to react and pounced to fire home the equalizer.

Both sides had their chances to steal victory throughout a match filled with missed chances and crucial saves from both keepers.

Morais came within inches of adding a second goal two minutes after his leveler, while at the other end, captain Ronaldo Vieira came to the aid of Neneca, clearing a Phantoms effort off the goal line with his keeper stranded.

Debutant Thiago Teixeira ventured forward from defense to flick a header that was held by Andre Bernadini, but Seacoast had the final say in the first half as Candia forced Neneca to push a dipping long range effort over the bar after Teixeira had been caught in possession.

If both sides’ forwards had been as deadly as the defending was suspect, each might have scored a hatful of second half goals.  Jhonata Batista scuffed his finish when through five munutes into the second half, while Neneca was called upon to make a diving save from a Vincent Gonzalez effort.

Just after the hour mark, Yaw Addow’s persistence set Ronaldo Vieira free and his finish rolled inches wide of the post.  Seacoast hit straight back and a quick Rodrigo Goncalves shot needed the glove of Neneca to direct it over the cross bar.

Michael Bustamante came up just short of latching on to a through ball with only the home keeper to beat after 67 minutes, then five minutes later a scramble in the home penalty area ended with Batista looping the ball over the bar.

Boston City FC ends its spell of three away matches next Saturday, May 21, away to Brooklyn Italians, before hosting New York Athletic club at 5pm at Malden Catholic High School on May 28.


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