Boston City 1 Greater Lowell United 2
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 8:37 pm

Boston City surrendered a nine-match unbeaten streak and more importantly a home match in the National Premier Soccer League playoffs wild card round with a 2-1 loss to local rival Greater Lowell United.

The Lions now drop to fifth in the Atlantic Conference regional seeding and will have to make the long journey to Williamsburg, VA, next weekend to face Legacy 76.

The I-93 Derby produced almost as much drama as last night’s 3-2 Boston win in Lowell.  Homero Morais earned a lead after 11 minutes, but saw a 75th minute penalty saved by keeper Lucas Rezende with the game level at 1-1.  Two minutes later John Dumbuya denied the hosts the point they needed to hold on to third place with the winning goal.

The chances were there for Boston City to put the match to bed and Guilherme Desousa saw a header palmed away and then struck the crossbar with an acrobatic effort in the 64th minute before the match turned against the home team.  In the dying minutes substitute Jean Carreiro delivered a low cross that fellow sub Samuel Batista came within inches of converting in front of goal.

Morais scored early on when he collected a pass from Yaw Addow, who had juggled possession on the edge of the penalty area, side-stepped a defender and rifled home.  The Somerville product’s goal was his sixth of the season, tying the team lead.

Clear chances were few and far between during the first half.  Phillipe Jean-Baptiste curled a shot wide after seven minutes and Addow forced Rezende to save low at full stretch.  United might have equalized on the half hour mark when Dumbuya latched on to poor clearance from keeper Vitor Scariot but delayed his aimed towards an unguarded net shot from 45 yards out and Marcelo Cunha reacted quickly to block the ball with the side of his face.

The visitors enjoyed a spell of pressure late in the half and a promising move saw Quincy Appah flick on a Doug Searle cross and Alexander Alleyne nod the ball down to Appah, who almost finished the move he started but fired over.

A minute later Lowell countered and from the supply of Kevin Herrera, Appah scored from close range to level the score at 1-1.  The match-winner came from close range from the supply of Kevin Herrera to break Boston City hearts and send them on the road in search of the NPSL title.


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