Boston City Suffers 2-1 Home Loss To NY Athletic Club
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 9:22 pm

Boston City spurned several chances and lost ground in the NPSL Atlantic White Division title race, suffering their first home defeat of the season, 2-1 to New York Athletic Club.

A much improved and changed Athletic Club featured only three players from the side Boston City beat 2-0 away at the start of the season and capitalized on their chances while the Lions came up blank in front of goal.

Isaac Nana Addai scored for the ninth time this season to grab a 21st minute lead, but a string of wasted opportunities in front of goal proved costly as New York midfielder Tristan Medios-Simon scored twice in the second half.  Boston City heads to Seacoast United Mariners on Wednesday night knowing three points are essential to continue the team’s playoff push.

New York might have gone ahead early in the first half when Francesco Mario Zanetti ran through beyond a defense caught flat, but flashed his finish across goal having ignored the option to play in an open Stefan Gualano to his left.

The opening goal when it came after 21 minutes was worth waiting for as with their first clear opportunity of the match, the Lions went ahead.  Captain Ronaldo Vieira burst forward on a forceful run through the heart of the New York defense and played a short pass to Homero Morais, whose shot was blocked by keeper Mitchell Mayer, but fell nicely for Addai, to bury his ninth goal of the season.

Half chances were aplenty as Noah Waxner blasted a loose ball over for the visitors after Vitor Scariot had punched clear and Addai attempted a bicycle kick that was held by Mayer.

Both sides might have found the net inside the final five minutes of the first half.  Addai set Michael Rincon free on the right for the Lions after 40 minutes and his low cross was forced inches wide by the arriving Camilo Estrada.  Two minutes later, Maxime Batel found himself completely free and in space beyond the home back four, but Scariot stood up to block his finish and make a fine save.

Boston City coach Palhinha shuffled his attacking options after halftime with substitutes with Yaw Addow and Kevin Herrera replacing Estrada and Morais.  Addow almost had an immediate effect as he chased down a half chance, clashed with keeper Mayer, but saw the ball roll agonizingly away from goal.

New York’s ongoing threat down the left from the runs of Gualano paid off after 59 minutes when he drove a low ball across the 18-yard box that evaded the first forward and all defenders as Medios-Simon arrived at the far post to slot home the equalizer.

Two minutes later, the Lions might have regained the lead with two chances inside sixty seconds.  Addow ran on to a through ball from Addai, but was unable to muster a decisive finish then Herrera narrowly failed to get on the end of a cross.

With 77 minutes played, Addow held up a pass down the left wing and fired a deep cross which was met with a first-time finish by sub Luca Tarable, but the ball rolled inches past the post.

New York struck the killer blow with 11 minutes remaining.  Batel found Medios-Simon who had plenty of space between a stretched defense to tuck his shot inside the far-left post.

Boston City had chances to equalize and at least salvage a point, but Paulo Henrique could not get the ball out from under his feet to shoot in a crowded goalmouth and the best chance fell to Addai, whose left footed drive bounced away off the outside of the post.


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