Both Lansdowne and Pancyprian Battle for D1 Top Spot and Prepare for Cup Competition

By Michael Battista / @MichaelB_96

Both Lansdowne and Pancyprian Battle for D1 Top Spot and Prepare for Cup Competition

Zum Schneider FC 03 Players huddle up in Week 9 (Credit: Zum Schneider FC 03)

The fall season is coming down to the wire and two teams are trying to head into the break on top. Lansdowne Yonkers FC has been a force this year and are also heading into big tournament games during this time as well. The team will take on the New York Greek Americans in the     Amateur Cup state semifinal today, Wednesday, at 8 PM. On their tail in standings is defending Division 1 Champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms, who have rebounded from a rocky start to the year and now sit three points behind the Bhoys. Not only that, but the team is also heading into the Third Round of 2020 U.S. Open Cup Qualifying this Saturday.

Read about how all the teams did this past weekend in the recap below:


Wednesday, November 6
KidSuper Samba AC v. New York Pancyprian Freedoms (0-4)
The New York Pancyprian Freedoms opened the month of November with a confidence boosting win prior to the state tournament break. The defending champions convincely defeated KidSuper Samba AC, 4-0, behind three first half goals and a controlled final 45.

Andrea Andreou, Charlie Ledula, Bradley Nestor, and Simon Tchoukriel all scored for the Freedoms during the match, including a successful penalty kick attempt late in the first half. Two players, John-Brown Owen Jr. and Gabriel Camara, also earned assists.

The rocky start for Pancyprian appears to be over as the offense and midfield have begun to work more as a unit. KidSuper meanwhile has screeched to a halt after taking D1 by storm to start the season.


Saturday, November 16
KidSuper Samba AC v. New York Athletic Club (0-2)
The struggles for KidSuper Samba AC continued following the intermission from league play. Last season’s Division 2 champions lost its third straight game on Saturday night. On the contrary, New York Athletic Club won its third game in-a-row as the team continues to climb the Division 1 table.

The cold weather and large field did not hinder the visitors as they maintained most of the ball possession and big chances.

“Definitely another big win for us as we continue to push up the table,” NYAC head coach Jimmy Lannon said afterwards. “It was a very strong showing for us creating quite a lot of chances throughout the game but especially in the first half.”

His team broke through after a half-an-hour when Gabriel Wirz sent a long ball towards Amara Sesay, who made an impressive chip shot over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. A second score by Laurin Vogel, off a cross from Ian Pilarski, sealed the game away as KidSuper failed to push up consistently. 

NYAC will try to finish the fall season with this newfound momentum against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms on Sunday, December 8th. KidSuper will play New York Shamrock SC this Saturday.


Sunday, November 17
Cedar Stars Academy v. Doxa FC (2-2) (0-3 FT)
*** Update: The league has ruled Doxa be awarded the forfeit win over Cedar Stars Academy as a result of the altercation in the final 10 minutes. Original Recap Below:


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Despite both teams holding the lead during the match, neither Cedar Stars Academy nor Doxa FC could produce a clinching third goal. The game was called in the 80th minute after an issue on the sideline forced referees to suspend play.

Doxa’s Alex Tejera scored the opener in the 20th minute before Cedar Stars equalized 15 minutes later. Not long after the second half kicked off CSA scored a second goal to take the lead and pushed Doxa back as the defense struggled. Finally in the 65th, Ibrahim Lewally knotted an equalizer for his own team and from there Doxa kept its foot on the pedal.

The team looked posed to score a third goal, with a shot hitting off the goal post with under 10 minutes to go, but the referees called the game before any definitive result could be reached. As of now, this game ends in a draw.

Doxa will travel to Lansdowne Yonkers FC this Saturday for its next game while the Stars take on the New York Greek Americans the next day.


NY Greek Americans v. Lansdowne Yonkers FC (0-1)
The Division 1 leading Lansdowne Yonkers FC stayed the course as they defeated the New York Greek Americans, 1-0, on Sunday. 

Konstantin Mollering was the sole scorer of the game, converting off a poor Greek defensive pass into the bottom right corner of the net, while he and the rest of his teammates put up constant pressure to try and get more. He along with Chris Katona, Daryl Kavanagh and Dean Dillon were rampant in attack with Yannick Diese pulling the strings in the middle of the park.

A goal line save in the final five minutes of the game by Lansdowne kept the Greeks off the board. Team captain Shaun Foster’s header off a corner kick came inches from tying the game up. The chance did not come easy as the home side was playing a man down for the final thirty minutes after Marcus Nordgard was shown a red card. Despite this, and crossbar shots by Dillon, the Greeks kept it interesting until the very end.

Coach Jim Kelly was very happy with the performance and hopes his team can take the momentum forward into tonight’s Amature Cup state semifinal against the Greek Americans. After that the team returns to league play on Sunday to take on Doxa FC while the Greeks have one more game in league this Sunday against Cedar Stars Academy.


Sporting SC v. New York Shamrock SC (2-1)
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Sporting SC picked up its second win of the season over New York Shamrocks SC, 2-1, and jumped into 9th place on the D1 table.

An own goal and a finish by Tavoy Morgan put the game out of reach for the Rocks, who fought back and were within one score of leaving the game with a point and remaining ahead of Sporting. Both teams were tested as the offenses ran the length of the field and struggled against one-another.

Sporting has two more games before the Fall season ends with the penultimate contest coming Sunday against Zum Schneider FC 03. Shamrocks will travel to the struggling KidSuper Samba AC this Saturday and look to end the Fall with three points.


New York Pancyprian Freedoms v. Zum Schneider FC 03 (1-0)
The New York Pancyprian Freedoms entered Sunday nights game without six of its normal players. The setback did not factor in as Adam Himeno finished off a James Tristino pass to score the team’s only goal against Zum Schneider FC 03. The win moves the Freedoms into second place on the D1 table with two games to go before the fall season ends.

The visiting Zum had no issue controlling the ball in the middle of the field, but struggled to get the ball on net. Though, on the other end of the field, the Freedoms only shot on Schneiders goal was the game winner and Zum head coach Alexander Berscheid praised it after the game.    

“Very nice combination that build up to the goal with a nice finish inside the box, well done,” Berscheid said. “It should have been a tie but soccer is measured by goals and we had to concede!”

The Freedoms defense worked best on the counter-attack, keeping Zum on its toes despite its own struggles to keep the ball. By the time the final whistle blew both teams were exhausted despite the low score.

The Freedoms have a huge challenge this Sunday as it will travel up to Massachusetts to take on Brockton United FC in the third round of 2020 U.S. Open Cup qualifying. Zum on the other hand will remain in the city and hosts Sporting SC to close out fall play.

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