By Kingston Stockade FC
The night started slowly for both sides as the teams struggled to find a rhythm in the match. Back-and-forth action, along with some sloppy play in the first thirty minutes, led to two separate yellow card incidents for New York Athletic Club’s Charlie Crane as he saw red in the 30th minute.
After NYAC was sent to 10 men, Stockade FC began to find more joy in the attacking third, creating numerous chances. Stockade FC was much more of a threat in the second half, registering eight shots on goal and coming close on numerous occasions.
Ultimately, Stockade FC found their lead through Alejandro Riquelme after a scramble at the top of the box fell to Mikey Lanzetta, who fed Riquelme into space for the finish to give Stockade FC a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute. Stockade FC came close to doubling their lead on a number of occasions as Brady Van Epps, Paul Makaj and Michael Creswick all made impacts off the bench.
“We built a deep team for these moments,” said Stockade FC Technical Director Dan Hoffay. “Two big matches this weekend with a lot of different players contributing. The bench play a major role tonight.”
The back line was solid all night for Stockade FC, allowing very few scoring opportunities for NYAC, who registered zero shots on goal.
“A good hard-fought victory for our guys tonight,” said Stockade FC Head Coach Jamal Lis-Simmons. “I thought we came out a little flat in the first half but we continued to fight and create better opportunities as the game went on.”
“Credit to NYAC, they went down a man late in the first half but continued to make it difficult for us at times,” Lis-Simmons added. “We were much more aggressive in the second half which lead to some great opportunities. We fought hard for the second goal, but one was enough tonight. Our defense held strong completing the shutout. Overall a good team win.”
Photo Credit: Roy Gumpel