PORTSMOUTH, NH – After Saturday evening’s 0-0 draw away at CFC Azul in Connecticut, there was some concern of tired legs with back to back games in warm temperatures. The Seacoast United Phantoms eased those worries early in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over PDL Northeast Division rival GPS Portland Phoenix.
Just eight minutes into the game, striker Anthony Grant tapped in a loose ball in the 6 yd box from an AJ Dubois header that hit the post, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. The Phantoms kept the pressure on in controlling play throughout the first half.
Seacoast would then score twice in a span of three minutes to take a comfortable lead into halftime. Midfielder Ben Havey’s shot in the 37th minute had the Phoenix keeper beat over the top, but hit the crossbar to stay in play. Once again, Grant was positioned well to head the rebound into the side netting making it 2-0.
Pressuring the Phoenix defense, the Phantoms’ corner resulted in a loose ball in the box, smashed into the back of the net by Grant for a natural hat trick.
The Phantoms continued to control possession and create chances in the 2nd half. It wasn’t until the 68th minute when a pass from the midfield split the Phoenix back line, sending Grant in1v1 with the goalkeeper. Keeping his composure, Grant pushed the ball to his left before netting his 4th goal of the evening.
Phoenix had a couple of missed opportunities in the 2nd half including a shot skimming off the crossbar. The visitors finally saw production in the 75th minute when the ball was struck well from the right side by midfielder Jonathan Remond, beating goalkeeper Dominic Dimaggio to his left.
After tonight's victory, Phantoms head coach Iain Scott commented, "I'm delighted with the progress so far, and excited for what the rest of the season holds for the players and the Club."
Seacoast United improves to 2-1-2 on the season and are currently in a 3-way tie for the 3rd position with Montreal Impact U23 and Westchester Flames. The Phantoms next home match is Thursday, June 12th when they host Vermont Voltage at Portsmouth High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.
About Seacoast United Phantoms
The Seacoast United Phantoms compete in the Premier Development League (PDL), with a roster consisting of collegiate, post-collegiate, and international players looking to further their development during the summer months. For more on the Seacoast United Phantoms teams, please visit www.seacoastunited.com/phantoms.