Lions Late Push Not Enough to Overcome New Hampshire FC Bobcats
Lancaster, PA - AFC Lancaster Lions fell to New Hampshire FC Bobcats on a rainy afternoon at home by a score of 2-1. Matt Kinney scored our first goal of the season from the spot as the Lions tried to mount a late comeback after going down 2-0 in the second half.
The game started off with the Lions feeling out the Bobcats and maintaining shape allowing possession to remain in front of us. Chances started to appear on both ends 20 minutes in with the best chance coming from Lions' Mohammed Badri intercepting an errant pass and taking the keeper on 1v1 pushing his shot just high and wide. Johnathan Castro had the second opportunity of the half with a tight angle shot that skipped just wide of the far post as halftime approached. The half ended scoreless at 0-0.
The second half started off with the Lions starting to settle into possession and control the pace of play. The Bobcats were first on the board however with a cross finished from point blank range. Ten minutes later, Bobcats had their second as a chipped free kick hit the underside of the bar and crossed the line giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. The Lions responded well with an increase in attacking presence that saw us winning set pieces and troubling the opposing defense. Matt Kinney scored the first goal with 9 minutes remaining when he was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. His effort from the spot was clinical and brought the game within reach. The attacking pressure continued but at the end of the 90, the Lions could not find the equalizer.
Thank you to all the fans and mothers who came out to support us on Mothers Day in the cold and rain.
Our next match will be away at Philadelphia Lonestar on Sunday, June 2nd.