Tyler Botte (number 5) and Junior Rosero exchanging a handshake. Photo by Dinos Avlonitis.
Oct. 16th, 2017
NY Greek Americans outperformed Serbia (LISFL) 7-0 in the Manning State Cup’s round of 16 on Sunday night at the Metropolitan Oval.
Tyler Botte led NYGA in scoring with four goals while Stephen Roche netted two and Jimmy Nealis one.
Roche started the Greek scoring party in the 12th minute. Botte hit Junior Rosero’s overhit cross back across the goal to Roche, who one-timed the ball in the middle of the net.
Serbia keeper Mirko Raketic stretches to his left but is unable to block Stephen Roche's shot. Photo by Dinos Avlonitis
Two minutes later Botte directed Nealis’ free-kick to the lower right corner of the net with a sublime glancing header.
NYGA levelled up to three goals in the 16th minute as Botte slotted Rosero’s pass in the net from the 18.
NY Greeks scored their second goal from a set piece to go up by four in the 20th minute. It was Nealis’ free-kick again but the American went solo this time as he curved the ball off the right post and into the net from about 25 yards out.
Jimmy Nealis before scoring a 20th-minute free-kick against Serbia. Photo by Dinos Avlonitis
The CSL champions netted their last goal of the first half two minutes before the half hour mark as Roche scored in similar fashion of his first goal, pushing Colin Murphy’s square pass in the net after making a run from midfield in the box.
The Greeks’ riot continued in the second half as Botte hit a diving header from Rosero’s corner kick off the crossbar and into the net from the six-yard box.
Botte closed the scoring with the best goal of the night—perhaps of the Manning Cup’s first round. The striker volleyed Shaun Foster’s pass from about 30 yards out on the right wing to the bottom-left corner of the net.
Player’s voice: Tyler Botte (4 goals, 1 assist)
Ex-Hofstra University center back, Tyler Botte, scored four goals and provided one assist against Serbia as a forward.
“I’ve been in a little bit of a drought honestly so it’s good to get back in the swing of things and put a couple in the net, get a little confidence boost going into Tuesday in a big game against Lasndowne,” Botte said after the match.
The 25-year-old previously stated: “At this kind of competition it’s just survive and advance, anything to get the job done tonight.”
Three key notes
1. Rosero had his shooting boots on but racked two assists instead: Junior Rosero took the most shots of the encounter, tallying 10 but went scoreless. However the former Long Island Rough Riders player provided two assists.
2. They didn’t miss ‘em much: NY Greeks played the game without their starting keeper Andrea-Roberto Pellegrini and captain Elliott Firth.
3. A little booster before playing the amateur champs: A 7-0 win is not a bad result before playing Lansdowne Bhoys, NYGA will face the Bhoys on Tuesday in the Amateur Cup.
“Oh, it’s obviously a boost,” Botte said. “We haven’t been playing with a full team in the last couple of games, it’s good to get a couple of the guys back and to get to the swing of things, keeping the ball a little bit more, counter attack and leaving a couple of guys high.
“I’m sure we’re going to do a little bit of that against Lansdowne honestly but we’re definitely are confident going into the game. I’m sure they’re going to be itching to get going against us as well going back to last year when we beat them in the playoffs.”
NY Greek Americans
Shots (on target): 28 (15)
Saves: 4 (keeper Bradley Johnson)
Yellow cards: 0
Red cards: 0
Shots (on target): 16 (4)
Saves: 7 (Mirko Raketic)
Yellow cards: 1 (Marko Ostojic)
Red cards: 0