Credit: Burt Granofsky – Boston City FC

In their inaugural match of the 2018 National Premier Soccer League season, New York Cosmos B had no problems in Boston, putting four past their opponents.

It took only eight minutes for Carlos Mendes’ men to get on the scoresheet, finding the back of the net very early on. A corner was played short to Joe Sanchez who’s first touch got past Boston’s Leandro Ramirez. The 26 year-old’s eventual cross met Alejandro Penzini who got past his marker and fired into the empty goal.

Luckily for the visitors, a quality chance was gifted via a defensive mistake. A poor attempt at a clearance from Michael Rincon gaave Cosmos B forward, Bledi Bardic, space to run at goal. Bardic whipped in a cross at the left side of the box, finding Darwin Espinal at the far post. Espinal leaped and got his head on the end of Bardic’s ball, doubling his side’s lead.

Bardic had a wonderful opportunity himself to find the back of the net in the 42nd minute. Following a Boston turnover, the forward sent Pedro Silva to the ground with his footwork and fired at net. Bardic’s right-footed shot challenged Boston keeper, Wouter Dronkers, forcing the 24 year-old to make an outstanding diving save.

Just minutes before the halftime whistle, New York Cosmos B were able to find a third goal. A throw-in sent towards goal was partially cleared from the hosts, however captain Danny Szetela fought to get on the end of the header. The midfielder took a single touch before firing at net, beating Dronkers with a rocket into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The 71st minute saw the visiting side find the back of the net for the fourth and final time of the night. For the second time of the match, Cosmos B took advantage of a corner-kick to create an opportunity. After Dronkers punched a cross away from his area, Boston City FC stood still as if the danger was gone but that was not the case. The goalkeeper’s punch made it as far as Darwin Espinal, who sent the ball back his way on the first time, finding his second goal of the game.

The hosts were left visually frustrated as it seemed nothing was working right, watching four go by in their season debut.

In his debut competitive game as a coach, Carlos Mendes and his squad showed their capability to perform effectively, getting past a previously successful Boston City FC side with ease. New York Cosmos B remain on the road for their next match, taking on the Brooklyn Italians in the US Open Cup on Sunday May 6th at 8pm.

 

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