Boston City FC Defeats NY Cosmos B 3-2 Away From Home
Michael Preston | Wed, Jun 8, 2016 8:16 pm

Boston City FC scored a famous National Premier Soccer League victory with a 3-2 win away to reigning champion New York Cosmos B.  The Lions (4-3-1) now take control of second place in the Northeast Atlantic Conference, nine points behind Cosmos B (7-2-1) with two matches in hand.

Jhonata Batista and Michael Bustamante earned a 2-0 lead that was halved just before the interval then substitute Yaw Addow raced clear to set up Homero Morais for the decisive goal.  Cosmos B scored with the final kick of the match, but could not deny the Lions three more points on the road, adding to last week’s dramatic win by the same score at Kingston.

Boston City got off to the perfect start when in only the 8th minute, home keeper Kevin Tenjo slipped when attempting to clear a back pass and Batista pounced to score.

Michael Holzer had earlier fired over from distance for Cosmos B and Franklin Castellanos had a long-range effort held under the cross bar by Boston keeper Vitor Scariot.

The visitors enjoyed a fair share of possession, but the hosts looked more likely to threaten and Boston had captain Ronaldo Vieira and fellow midfielder Morais booked in quick succession for conceding and encroaching at a free kick.

Boston City struck again on a swift counter attack to lead 2-0 after 37 minutes.  Batista just failed to connect on the end of a cross, but held up possession in the corner, laid the ball back and Homero Morais dummied for Bustamante to fire home an unstoppable finish from 20 yards out.  The former NY Red Bulls midfielder’s strike was his third of the season, making him the team’s joint top scorer.

Addow, who also has three goals this campaign, was introduced after 57 minutes and just as he did against the Stockade on Sunday, made a significant impact.  Caught offside twice, there was no stopping his third foray into the attacking third.  The Ghanaian held off an attempt to pull him down by his shorts, raced along the right flank and delivered a cross that Morais tucked home, unmarked in the penalty area.

Scariot made a crucial save to push an Alejandro Mitrano shot around the post with seven minutes remaining, but his biggest stop came in injury time when he tipped a Per Erik Forgaard header destined for the top corner over the crossbar.  It was unfortunate that the young keeper dropped a free kick launched into the box by Gaston Sanchez in the dying seconds that allowed Shaun Russell to fire home what proved to be only a consolation goal.

Boston City returns to New York on Sunday to face New York Athletic Club, looking to secure three more points from a three-match road trip.


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