Boston City Earns Another Away Point
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 9:10 pm

Boston City FC closed out a successful three-match National Premier Soccer League road trip by taking a point from a scoreless draw at New York Athletic Club in a contest dominated by windy conditions.

The Lions were disappointed not to add to wins away to Kingston Stockade and New York Cosmos B at the end of a run of three ventures into New York State, but extended the club’s winning streak to three matches to remain in second place in the Northeast Atlantic Division.

Boston out-shot the hosts 16 to 9 and had the game’s only four shots on goal and almost dramatically snatched victory during added time, but NYAC keeper Marco Luna clawed away substitute Yaw Addow’s header from a Valerio Silva corner.

Boston City mounted a series of late chances, spurred on by the 68th minute introduction of striker Addow, who could neither inspire nor score a goal, as he did on the last two occasions he has ventured off the bench.  He supplied a cross, two minutes after coming on, that Homero Morais acrobatically lobbed just over the cross bar and the Ghanaian’s presence up front helped peg back the hosts in the latter stages.

Morais whistled a shot over the bar from 20 yards out after 77 minutes and Batista could only direct a Gabriel De Souza poked shot towards goal high of the target with six minutes to play.  Deep into injury time, a Valerio Silva charge to the end line and low cross caused havoc in the NYAC six-yard box, but the hosts cleared their lines.

New York, who beat the Lions 2-0 in Malden two weeks ago, might have earned a comfortable lead within the opening fifteen minutes of an otherwise forgettable first half.  Richard Marquetty, Jevaughn Vance and Daniel Alvarado all came within inches of hitting the target, but failed to trouble visiting keeper Vitor Scariot.  Boston’s only notable chance came after 44 minutes when full back Guilherme De Souza, whose probing runs down the right had been his side’s most creative outlet, blasted a speculative effort from 35 yards that dipped just as it cleared the cross bar.

Boston City begins a run of four home matches against the Brooklyn Italians at 6pm on Sunday, June 19 at Malden Catholic High School.

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