Boston City Heads Into Playoffs With 2-0 Win Over Kingston Stockade
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 10:31 pm

Boston City secured second place in the Northeast Conference Atlantic White Division and a home match in the NPSL playoffs with an entertaining 2-0 win over Kingston Stockade.

The Lions will host either Hartford City or the Rhode Island Reds at Malden Catholic High School at 8pm on Wednesday, July 12, after a goal late in each half saw off the division winners in a match delayed almost an hour due to lightning strikes.  Season ticket holders should use their Special Soccer Event B for the midweek match.

A passionate rivalry has developed between Boston City and the Stockade and a Lions win on Wednesday would send them to the Hudson Valley on July 15 to face the Stockade for the Atlantic Division championship and a place in the regional stage of the NPSL playoffs.

Boston City (6-3-3, 21 points) head into the postseason on the back of a three-match unbeaten run, having handed the Stockade (7-4-1, 22 points) a third loss in five matches.

The Stockade rested several players, while Boston City made seven second half changes while defending a slim 1-0 lead as regular starters including top scorer Isaac Nana Addai, captain Ronaldo Vieira and forward Homero Morais were replaced.

Addai grabbed his 12th goal of the 2017 campaign in the dying seconds of a fast-paced first half to take the advantage before the interval.  Left back Jadson Leite delivered a long free kick from ten yards inside his own half that Addai controlled and struck on the swivel with a spectacular finish that flashed across keeper Steve Skonieczny into the far corner.

Three minutes into injury time at the end of an equally enjoyable second half, substitute Leonardo Carvalho poked home a Kevin Hererra cross on the counter attack to secure three points as the Stockade committed numbers forward.

Scoring chances were plentiful from the fourth minute onwards, when Eric Fortier almost applied a finishing touch to a Stockade cross, then a minute later, Morais and Addai forced a double save from Skonieczny at the other end.

Boston City gave a debut to new signing from BSSL powerhouse GPS Omens Keith Caldwell and his presence in attack created chances that have been lacking in recent matches.  Addai played a quick one-two with Vieira to again force Skonieczny into action and Filipe Dutra twice came close on the half hour mark.

Addai’s late opener that broke the stalemate was almost countered just three minutes after the break when sub David Nkansah Siriboe fired a clear opportunity over the crossbar.  The Stockade had a penalty appeal turned down after 65 minutes as home keeper Anthony Ferrara clashed with a chasing forward and seven minutes later, Victor Guirma hit a snap shot that clipped the top of the cross bar as the visitors came agonizingly close to equalizing.

Scott Zombre fired into the side netting as Kingston pressed for an equalizer, but Boston City took advantage of numbers advancing forward as Herrera and Carvalho combined to put the result beyond doubt.


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