Boston City 1 Seacoast United Mariners 0
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 10:22 pm

Boston City controlled possession and created a series of half chances, but had to settle for a narrow 1-0 home win over NPSL Northeast Atlantic Conference bottom club Seacoast United Mariners.

The valuable three points extended the Lions’ lead over their rivals in the race for a playoff place to seven points.  The decisive goal came from 35 yards out when Homero Morais picked up a loose ball through the middle and his speculative low drive fooled keeper Blake Mullen, who watched as the ball crept inside his post.  The goal was the midfielder’s third in as many matches.

“I saw the corner and I took the shot,” said Morais.  “Usually when I take a long shot I look for power, but today it was a placement.”

Home keeper Vitor Scariot was a spectator for much of the contest, though visiting forward Duran Shand almost stole a dramatic 89th minute equalizer with a free header from a corner that went wide.

After testing visiting keeper Blake Mullen in the opening minute, the Lions lost their way when forward Jhonata Batista limped off with an ankle injury after only five minutes and the next quarter of an hour produced little in the way of clear openings, before Morais broke the deadlock.

Seacoast might have been level after 36 minutes when Kartikeya Swarup lost his marker on the edge of the penalty area but directed his finish straight at Victor Scariot.  Two minutes later Morais should have doubled his haul as he latched onto a defensive error, but struggled to get the ball out from beneath his feet and his shot was weak.

The Boston forward line was further decimated when Leandro Moneiro limped off 39 minutes into his debut and four minutes later the only remaining starting front man Darlan Rocha headed over after a Morais shot was parried into his path by Mullen.

The opening of the second half followed a similar pattern to the first as Bruno Bonicontro curled a shot just wide and Michael Bustamante and Morais worked chance that Pedro Da Silva touched just past post, but neither truly threatened the target.

The Lions controlled possession and moved the ball around comfortably, but still a second goal would not come.  Mullen was at full stretch when he tipped a slightly deflected Bustamante 25-yarder over the cross bar after 69 minutes and sixty seconds later Egberto Da Silva whistled a bullet just over the target.

The chances continued to come as Gabriel De Souza headed against a post, then Bustamante was denied twice by the legs of Mullen and blasted a finish cross the face of goal.

“We were moving the ball around well and we were looking for the perfect shot and it just didn’t come,” added Morais.


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