June 5, 2016 LEAVING IT LATE Bustamante rallies Boston City to victory
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Boston City FC rallied from two deficits to take a 3-2 win over the Kingston Stockade in a match delayed by lightning Sunday.
Midfielder Michael Bustamante capped an impressive performance with a goal in the final minute of regulation time, after a Yaw Addow header had equalized 12 minutes earlier.
“It’s huge, and I think it shows that the group of guys we have never give up,” BCFC (3-3-1, 10 points) captain Ronaldo Vieira said. “We’ve come off the back of a couple of bad results and today have twice come back from a goal down. That says a lot about this team.”
The Stockade (3-3-1, 10 points) took the lead against the run of play, a free kick deflecting off both posts, then defender Guilherme Desousa’s attempted clearance cannoning off Matt Daum into the net.
Ten minutes later, Bustamante’s deflected shot was blasted into an empty net by Samuel Batista, making his BCFC debut. Jhonata Batista nearly broke the deadlock, his finish rolling across the face of goal and wide.
Torrential rain arrived at halftime and with 59:29 on the clock, the threat of lightning caused the teams to be sent to the lockerrooms.
The 31 minutes after an hour storm delay produced plenty of drama.
Nine minutes into the restart, Kingston’s Corey Phillips capitalized on an errant Gabriel De Souza clearance, outdueling Vilbrun St Louis to lob Victor Scariot for a 2-1 lead.
Scariot made a save with his legs to deny Dylan Williams off a Stockade counterattack.
Then, Boston City coach Palhinha was sent off for the second time this season. In the 77th minute, Addow rose at the far post to power home a header on a Jhonata Batista cross.
In the 83rd minute, Williams headed wide unmarked at the far post. Then, a Batista shot off a Bustamante feed on a counterattack was saved by Stephen Skonieczny.
Bustamante, formerly of the New York Red Bulls, cut in from the right and finished to decide the match.
“I’ve noticed for the past two or three games he has stepped up and wants the ball and he’s the type of player who, when on form, makes a huge difference to the team,” Vieira said.