GREATER LOWELL DEFEATS RHODE ISLAND REDS
After falling to the Rhode Island Reds the previous night, Greater Lowell was ready for their rematch in Tyngsboro on Friday Night.
The game had a familiar start as in the third minute of play a miscue by the Lowell defense led to an easy chip-in goal by Reds midfielder Ronaldinho Diniz, giving the Reds the early 1-0 lead.
As the game progressed, Lowell worked themselves back into the game. Slowly they broke down the Reds and in the 41st minute, midfielder Karl Gauntlett found the head of forward Jacob Simonis, who flicked it to the back post to tie up the game at 1-1.
Just before the end of the half Lowell struck again when midfielder Xan Alleyne found himself alone on goal and took a shot that was blocked by Reds goalkeeper Nils Leifhelm, but Lowell forward Quincy Appah was there to put away the rebound and the half would end with Lowell leading 2-1.
Lowell’s defense was locked in for the second half, keeping the Reds offense from getting anything going and throwing their bodies in the way of any shot the Reds could get. But in the 70th minute the Reds would be awarded a free kick just outside of the Lowell box. A Reds defender stepped up and struck a shot on goal that deflected off the head of Lowell defender Patrick Hamilton and into the back of the net, knotting the game at 2-2.
Greater Lowell kept battling though and in the 78th minute Simonis would strike again. Defender Patrick DeRosa played a ball onto the tall forward’s head, who directed it past the goalkeeper and into the net, giving Lowell a 3-2 lead.
Greater Lowell would battle to keep the Reds off the board for the remaining ten minutes. Thanks to some huge plays and blocked shots from their defense, Greater Lowell would win their second game of the season, defeating the Reds 3-2.