By Jay Mwamba
German ace Yannick Reyering scored twice on Tuesday night as Pancyprian Freedoms edged CSL rivals New York Greek Americans 2-1 in the USASA Open Cup at St. John’s University.
The result put Pancyprians in the State final against CSL champions Lansdowne Bhoys. It also completed a quick double over the Greek Americans. Pancyprians had outshot the Greeks 11-10 on penalties in the Manning Cup quarterfinals on November 16.
“We started slow with the Greeks having the better of it in the first 20 minute [and] scoring rather early with Chris Megaloudis,” noted Pancyprian manager George Halkidis. “But we grabbed control from that point on and really took it to them in the second half.”
Reyering connected in the 62nd and 78th minutes and, according to Halkidis, “if we were a little careful we could have easily added a couple more.”
However, he gave props to the Greeks, saying: “It’s rather difficult to beat a quality team like the Greeks [twice] within 10 days but we found the way.”
Said Greek Americans coach Stavros Zomopoulos: “In the end they wanted it a bit more than us. We, including myself, made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have and we lost a match that we normally should have won.”
He added that it was the first time in his tenure that the Greeks had lost a match after taking the lead. “Many factors were involved, but in the end they wanted it a bit more and they played a bit better, coached a bit better and won the match.”
Pancyprian’s USASA cup victory came 48 hours after their injury-depleted squad had thrashed New York Rovers 5-2 at St. John’s to finish the fall undefeated atop the First Division West log in the CSL.
Julio Cesar Dos Santos [two], Panagiotis Halkidis, Michael Palacio and Andreas Chronis connected for the Greek-Cypriots [8-0-2, 26] who dressed just 13 players – two of them goalkeepers.
Pancyprian were bolstered by youngsters Nick Psaras, aged 17, and Angelo Litourgis, both of whom made their first team debuts.
Zach Pritchard and Christian Carrasquillo scored for Rovers [5-5, 15] who dropped to fourth in the East going into the three-month winter break. Wouter Raatjes had the Rovers face-saver.
The Pancyprian reserves triumphed 4-1 in the curtain raiser on goals by Emmanuel Nissirios, Evan Vlachos, Angel Litourgis and Nick Psaras.
Forty-eight hours before rematching Pancyprian, Greek Americans [7-1-1, 22] had blanked Hoboken FC 5-0 in the league at Laurel Hill Park, with Troy Hernandez keeping a clean sheet.
Megaloudis, Adriano Gabriele, Stephan Megaloudis and Kene Eze  tallied for the Greeks, whose reserves prevailed 3-1 on Mario Gagliano’s hat trick.
Russ Suereth was the Hoboken scorer.
“A good weekend for us,” summed up Zomopoulos, who had props for Hoboken’s struggling first team.
“Good luck to Hoboken. They definitely have the tools to stay up,” he said. “They are a good club that would get much stronger if they get a few consecutive years in the top division.”
“We gave them chances and they capitalized,” Hoboken GM Bill Marth said of the senior fixture.
Alejandro Sucre and Bernardo Ulmo connected for East leaders NYAC in their 2-1 decision over Manhattan Celtic on Travers Island.
Adam Darter was the Celtic marksman.
CSL first division reserve champs NYAC romped to a 7-1 victory on goals by Russ Grevler [two], Junior Spinks [two], Brian Kuritzky and Eric Bagwell.
Celtic’s Nick Bartley had briefly pegged back NYAC’s opener.
“We regained first place, which is always a nice place to be,” commented NYAC coach Bill Saporito.
Paul Nitolli [two], Adam Himeno, Pavlo Kolonifa and Moe Mashriqi were on target for United FC in their last match of the fall, a 5-0 mauling of Central Park Rangers on Randalls Island.
“Very strong performance,” remarked United manager Alex Zaretser. “I have a lot of respect for CPR. They defended very well but four goals in the first 20 minutes kind of killed the game.”
Grigol Andriadze [two] and Mykoly Ryvlyuk scored for United’s seconds in a 3-1 win.
Bledi Bardic [two] and Morgan Sangary earned Clarkstown Eagles a 3-3 tie with New York Croatia on Randalls Island.
Croatia’s reserves won 4-3.
CSL champs Lansdowne Bhoys drew both games against West strugglers Stal Mielec 0-0 at McCarren Park.
“We dominated but failed to get on the score sheet. They fought for a draw,” said Paul Doherty of the senior fixture.
Shamrock’s Joey Aronovsky bagged a hat trick in the Second Division joint leaders’ 6-3 drubbing of NYPD at Flushing Meadow.
Top scorer Mohamed Fofana [two] and Mike Stone were also on target against the Cops who replied through Terry Wilson, Douglas Nervaez and Mike Maffei.
The Rocks improved to 7-2-1 , level on points with New York Ukrainians who edged Doxa FC 3-2.
Shamrock’s seconds trailed twice against the NYPD reserves before Colum McComish – with his first goal for the club – and a long range effort by Kevin Farrell earned the visitors a 2-2 draw. Rene Lopez and Terry Wilson tallied for the Cops.
At McCarren Park, Ukrainians clawed back from two down in their gutsy 3-2 win over Doxa.
Kurt Cameron [1st, 15th] got the Greeks off to a whirlwind start. But the Ukrainians settled and reeled off three straight goals through Alagie Janneh [35th] and David Alkasimi [55th, 85th], whose winner was a brilliant individual goal. He dribbled three defenders and planted the ball in the far corner.
“We played better than them in the second half,” said coach Steve Kovalenko, whose reserves had a late Gleb Mironenko goal [85th] in a 1-0 triumph.
Christian Baroni, Hamilton Tobar, Jesse Rose and Teddy Mabiala powered the New Amsterdam United reserves to a 4-3 win over Manhattan Kickers ‘B’ at East River Park.
Lanre Odiahi had the lone Dutch strike in a 4-1 loss to the Kicker first team.
Seven days after being ousted from the Strumpf Cup on penalties by FC Gwardia, CPR Reds got their revenge against the Poles with a 4-0 romp in both Metro Div. One club’s final fall fixture.
Hendo DeRuiter, Timur Mone, Lance Brune and a Gwardia own goal off Deco Heffernan’s corner, accounted for the result.
The undefeated Reds [8-0-2, 26] go into the winter break five points ahead of Lansdowne in the East, while Gwardia [6-3-1, 19] dropped into second place in the West.
Ridgewood topped Mr. Dennehy’s 3-1 on Randalls Island, thanks to Ayhan Bekdemir’s brace [3rd, 29th] and skipper Jimmy Radulescu’s second half finish [49th].
“A well-deserved victory over a tenacious opponent. The most important improvement is the consistency we’ve shown throughout the match minus the minor blip that has cost us [late] goals,” observed assistant manager Ovi Ordean.
Cousins Karimullah and Mohammad Basir Mashriqi [two] were on target in Brishna’s 5-1 rout of NY Dynamo at Kaiser Park. Khalid Kamran [two] was the other marksman.
Elsewhere in Metro Div. One, Albert Ruci [two] and Ritvan Mehmeti scripted NYC Vllaznia’s 3-2 victory over Gotham City at Bushwick Inlet.
ROCK ‘N’ ROVE
Hat trick hero Joaquin Lynch led all scorers in Barnstonworth Rovers’ 7-3 Metro Div. Two drubbing of Grenadier Zenith on Randalls Island.
Sergio Restrepo, Aldo Morales, Thierno Cisse and Matt Donovan notched the other goals.
Wilson Tilme [two] and Antoine Pierre Davidson replied for Zenith.
“We played a totally incoherent type game and [Rovers] made the best of every opportunity,” lamented Jacky Felix. “[Our] worst loss ever.”
The Over-35’s Dan Ceabuca chipped in with a goal while Jason Dokyun [two] and Artur Galstian also connected in SC Eintracht’s 4-2 defeat of Williamsburg International on Randalls Island.
Andreas Moudatsos and Sergio Garcia scored for Williamsburg in the Metro Div. Two encounter.
AO Brooklyn’s Austin Coreira struck from Chris Vega’s assist in a 2-1 loss to NYFC Iliria at Abraham Lincoln High School.
HEARTS OF OAK
NY Bravehearts survived a penalty miss by FC Partinzani’s Pirro Cece to prevail 3-2 on Randalls Island.
Partizani led twice through Cece and Kirk Patiniotis. They had a chance to go up 3-2 but Cece fluffed a PK. Jaime Rodriguez, Memo Arbelaez and Diego Mayanga eventually pulled it out for Bravehearts.
Back on Randalls Island, Paddy McCarry’s Shamrock Over-30s conceded an 87th minute goal in a 2-2 draw with Manhattan Kickers.
Midfielder and Man of the Match Danny Parkin set up both goals for Sean Riley, the first in the 15th minute. The goal was canceled out by Paul Cowler’s spot kick for Kickers.
In the second half, Riley nodded in a Parkin corner [70th] but that too was pegged back by “Deadeye” Dylan Dodd’s equalizer with three minutes to spare.
“We were very unlucky,” said McCarry. “[But] we still finish top of the table. I’m very happy with the first half of the season.”
The Shamrock vets [7-1-1, 22] go into the break four points clear of second place New York Dynamo.
Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, meanwhile, knocked off Nieuw Amsterdam 1-0 on Youcef Mami’s effort off Souleymane Diallo’s assist.
Mike Butler [three], Errol McFarlane [two] and Duane Pena produced Barnstonworth Premier’s 6-3 win over Dinamo.
In Over-30 Div. Two, Argo Silver battled to a 3-3 tie with Brooklyn Gunners.
Ikechi Nwankwo, Steve “Butch” Curran [pen.] and Adrian Martin earned Silver a share of the points.
Over-35 rivals Banatul and SC Eintracht produced a ten-goal thriller won 6-4 by the latter on Randalls Island.
Jean Paul, Vinny Vasconcelos, Olimpiu Roman [three] and Dan Ceabuca tallied.