Blitzers beat Reading; Record crowd salutes players

The perfect end to a promising first season came late Sunday evening at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium.

“Thank you, Blitzers” chants rang out among the hundreds of fans who stuck around to get autographs after FC Buffalo (6-2-4) handed out a 3-0 beating to FC Reading Revolution (4-0-7).

Mike Unwin was the Man of the Match after providing a franchise-high two assists to go with a stunning half-volley goal that brought the crowd to its feet.

After Kieron Gradwell laid a one-bounce cross at the feet of Unwin, the forward hammered a half-volley into the net to put the Blitzers up, 3-0.

Earlier, Unwin found Rich Wilson in the six for the game’s first goal. It was Wilson’s sixth goal, which would prove to be the clincher in a heated battle for the club’s inaugural Golden Boot Award. Later, Unwin would again play the role of provider, laying a ball into the six for Tony Mermigas to bury.

Dan Panaro made 10 saves in a chippy affair to earn his fourth clean sheet of the season. Panaro left the game in the 80th minute to a standing ovation from the record crowd of 400-plus.

FC Buffalo finished its inaugural season in third place in the Keystone Conference’s Northeast Division. Their goal differential of plus-9 is currently good for 8th in the 31 team National Premier Soccer League.

At halftime, Kenmore East and Kenmore West squared off in Sevens rugby match, presented by Buffalo Rugby Club.

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