Well, it was fun while it lasted.
After going six matches unbeaten, Kingston Stockade FC fell to Brooklyn Italians on Saturday night, 1-0, in downtown Brooklyn.
The loss was a particularly rough one, as it came at the death when Brooklyn’s Jerel Blades put home a cross in extra time for the lone goal of the night.
Prior to the late score, play was quite balanced for the duration, with both sides alternately forcing the action.
The match was also characterized by some spirited, physical play, with eight yellow cards being given out on the night, three to Stockade and five to Brooklyn. The effort shown by both sides shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, given the visitors are on top of the Atlantic White Conference, while the hosts are in first place in the Atlantic Blue Conference.
Kingston also showed itself to be a club that travels well, as dozens of Stockade fans gathered in a set of bleachers perched above the pitch. The road fans even had a bit of friendly banter with some members of the Italians’ academy players, with both sides going chant-for-chant for long stretches of the match.
Kingston’s next match is on Saturday, June 24 at 3 p.m. at Seacoast United Mariners in Portland, Maine.