Pancyprian Freedoms rebounded from their first loss of the season to chalk up a pair of 5-0 wins in three days in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup and the Dr. Manning Cup.
Six-time Open Cup winners, the Greek-Cypriots got off to a flying start against EDSL envoys Stade Breton in the first round at St. John’s University last Thursday night. German ace Yannick Reyering bagged a hat trick while Andreas Chronis and Billy Antoniou added a goal apiece.
The Cosmopolitan Soccer League club await the Sporting Astoria-Real Westchester winner in the next round.
On Sunday, the George Halkidis-coached club began their quest for an unprecedented eighth Manning State Cup with a 5-0 rout of the LISFL’s OB Fenerbache on the road.
Phil Bannister [two], ageless Brazilian goal merchant Julio [two] and Taso Polydefkis saw off the Turks to book a date with holders New York Greek Americans in round two.
“In both games the competition obviously was below the level we're accustomed to at the CSL but in both games we did a lot of good things,” noted Halkidis. “In both games all 18 [players] on the roster saw significant time.”
His side was coming off a 3-2 defeat to CSL First Division rivals United FC in the USASA Amateur Cup a week earlier.
And with Pancyprian’s reserves blanking Istria 2-0 in the D’Arpino Cup, the club’s confidence couldn’t be higher.
Nick Psaras, a 17 year-old prodigy, and George Apostolidis scored for the reserves. “I'm sure [Nick] will get a call up to the [senior] team pretty soon,” Halkidis predicted.
CSL clubs won nine of ten Manning State Cup tie played last Sunday, with last season’s losing finalists Manhattan Celtic the only team from the league to slip up. They lost 1-0 on the road to Serbia [HASL].
A number of the CSL teams won emphatically with New York Athletic Club’s 9-0 blowout of the LISFL’s NY Polet on Travers’ Island the largest on the day.
CSL champions Lansdowne Bhoys raised early hopes of a grand slam season with their 5-2 triumph over Port Jefferson in the Manning Cup, four days after a 4-0 romp in the U.S. Open Cup first round.
Daryl Kavanagh [10th], Tom Wharf [35th], Sikele Slyvester [70th], Shadi Harb [80th] and Gareth McGlynn [88th] tallied for the Yonkers Irishmen. Losing finalists two years ago, they tackle New York Rovers next.
Lansdowne had earlier traveled to Long Island in midweek for a US Open Cup tie with OB Fenerbache in Coram.
In that match, Karamba Janneh, Stephen Roche, Kavanagh and Mohamed Kaba connected to qualify for this Thursday night’s second round tie with NYAC at Tibbetts Brook Park [Field 3].
Julian Stahler and Christian Carrasquillo each struck twice in New York Rovers’ 4-1 thumping of Hampton United on Randalls Island.
Kwesi Mills [four] was the star in Central Park Rangers’ 5-1 road win over Istria.
Conor O'Donoghue accounted for the other goal with Mike Nieraeth and Damian Lopez [two] claiming assists, and Stal Mielec looming ahead.
CPR celebrated a rare double rout this season following their reserves’ 4-1 victory in the D’Arpino Cup.
Mike Boas, Tyler Webster, Tomer Abikzer and Hamza Deheina got on the score sheet, with Devin Roche, Chris Norelli and Mike DeChristopher providing the assists.
Visiting Forest Park were put to the ax at McCarren Park where Stal Mielec run rampage in a 6-1 blitz.
Jacek Lawniczak [two], Paweł Basisty [two], Marcin Jaworek and Ronald Montrnegro produced the win.
Manning Cup winners in 2013, United FC made it three wins in a row in all competitions with a 6-2 thrashing of hosts New York Irish Rovers on Long Island.
The prolific Paul Nittoli and Mohammad Masriqi each had a hat trick.
“Very strong team work -- very happy with midfield work. Finally [the] guys are starting to understand each other,” remarked Alex Zaretser, who had props for defensive midfielder Pavlo Kolonifa.
He had even more to cheer about after his second unit ousted Stal Mielec ‘B’ 3-1 in the D’Arpino Cup. Bohdan Matsushenko and Anatoliy Taranenko [two] scored.
Krzysztof Daniszewski replied for Stal.
Clarkstown Eagles were the other CSL top flight side to advance in the State Cup. They edged Westbury 2-1 on Staten Island courtesy of Edmir Arucevic and Alex Shkrelli, who got a late winner [75th].
Division Two leaders Shamrock maintained the CSL dominance over Port Jefferson opposition, mauling the club’s second tier team 5-0 at St. Michael’s Playground in the Flamhaft Cup.
Shane Moore, Mike Stone, a Mohamed Fofana penalty kick, an own goal and Santiago Rigby put paid to the Long Islanders.
Aaron Krepack scored an 87th-minute equalizer to set New York Ukrainians on the way to a dramatic 5-4 away penalty victory over holders Real Westchester from the EDSL.
“The last five minutes, Aaron came inches from a game winner twice,” recounted coach Steve Kovalenko. “He managed to hit the crossbar after bursting into the box, and also forced a miracle save from the goalkeeper.”
It ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and in the ensuing shoot-out, David Alkasimi, Adam Maliniak, Jesse Alexander and Krepack were on target before goalie Alex Broz saved Westchester’s fifth shot.
That’s when Date Reosuke stepped up and coolly slotted home Ukrainians’ winner, avenging last season’s 3-2 defeat to the same team in the process.
Ukrainians’ seconds pipped Westbury Azzurri 2-1 in the D’Arpino Cup on goals by Dmitri Jacob and Uriah Cunha.
James Zaidan’s second half brace saw Doxa through to the second round 2-0 at the expense of Real NYC.
His first goal came on a breakaway that ended with him dribbling the Real goalie, said assistant coach Frank Bouklis. The second was a shot to the far corner.
The Doxa reserves had a goal from Kevin Sales in a 1-0 D’Arpino Cup decision over Oceanside United.
New Amsterdam United’s Jesse Rose scored twice but it wasn’t enough to avert a 3-1 loss to NY Olympiacos.
Sporting Astoria fought back from 3-1 down against the EDSL’s Honduras at Evander Childs High School only to succumb 5-4 on penalties.
The CSL side trailed early but Damian Paz leveled from a penalty won by Marc Vilson. Honduras then scored twice more provoking a second half Sporting rally.
Don Harrison pulled one back one Mohammed Jalloh’s assist before goalie Carlos Hernandez’ long punt was flicked on by the towering Adbou Tall, controlled by Paz and fed to Vilson for the equalizer. It came with a minute to spare.
Sporting, however, came up short in the shoot-out.
Boss Ed Romero singled out Paz for Man of the Match honors with Vilson a close second.
Manhattan Celtic’s reserves knocked out NY Polet 2-0, thanks to John Palladino and Mike Gand.
Jordan Vera, from a free kick, and Johan Quinde, off an Abu Jalloh ball, scripted the Sporting Astoria reserves’ 2-1 upset of HASL side Serbia.
“A tough, physical match up,” Ed Romero termed it. “They are a first division reserve team who are currently first in their group. It was a great win for us.”
On the wrong end of many a drubbing in the league this fall, Missile FC finally found the opportune time and opponent to inflict one of their own last Sunday. It happened in the Strumpf Cup against Ofi Crete. The HASL club was hammered 9-1.
Jeff Durosier [three], Jo Valentin [two], Ben Alexandre, Dashi Ocvil, Stanley Bogard and Georges Handy did the damage.
Williamsburg International ended a three-match skid at the expense of fellow Metro Two side Barnstonworth Rovers who were outshot 3-1 on penalties in the Strumpf Cup first round.
Rovers’ Sergio Restrepo [75th] canceled out Logan Roos opener to force a 1-1 tie and penalties.
Andreas Moudatsos, Sergio Garcia and Steven Stone converted for Williamsburg whose goalie Benjamin Hanbury-Aggs was an intimidating presence.
Manager Juan Gonzalez Casares rued his team’s fortunes in the shoot-out.
“Thierno Cisse put it in, Aldo Morales hit the post, Matt Donovan hit the keeper and Brandon Rowley hit the East River. Disappointing to lose it all in penalties after fighting hard during the 90 minutes,” he lamented.
Mola SC were mauled 5-0 by CPR Reds in their Strumpf Cup encounter.
Timur Mone [two], Antonio Bishmade Rejman, Declan Heffernan and Richie Kavanagh connected.
“We kept possession the majority of the game and were relentless defensively, leading to very few opportunities for Mola,” said Blake Berg.
FC Bravehearts could afford to concede four goals against New York Galicia and still win handily in their cup tussle.
Hat trick hero Oumar Maybe, Diego Mayanga, Jonathan Jacob, Izquierdo Garcia and Memo Ortiz were on target in an 8-4 rout.
Sedat Musovski, Fabio Gripi, Albert Ruci [two] and Ritvan Mehmeti starred in NYC Vllaznia’s 5-0 romp over South Jamaica Port.
Goalie Cameron Jires Feudjio was the NYC Metro Star hero in a 3-1 penalty victory at Lindenhurst.
Desire Nizigama [32nd] and winger Cristian Vasquez [56th] -- the latter on his return to his hometown -- had scored in the 2-2 regulation time draw when Feudjio came up big in the shoot-out.
“He stopped three penalties and we scored through Eduardo Pumagualle, Vasquez and Elmer Batres,” reported a delighted Edison Calle.
Chris Lanza [two], Jordan breslauer [two], Vinny Sibiero and Bryan Vega led the charge in AO Brooklyn’s 6-1 ouster of SC Eintracht.
Sam Atwood struck twice to ease Gotham Argo past New York Ittihad 3-1.
Nico Eceizabarrena and Nick “Pugs” Pugliese had the assists, with Nico earlier setting up Eric Goncalves.
Mikelange Francois broke Ridgewood hearts with a late long range winner in a 3-2 result after Grenadier Zenith had blown a 2-0 half time lead.
Clifford Augustin and Wilkemps Francois had Zenith in front early but Cosmin Chis [48th] and Ayhan Bekdemir's [55th] replied to for Ridgewood.
“The goals gave us a huge boost but Grenadier scored again in the 75th minute and despite our sustained pressure we could not score again,” said assistant manager Ovidiu Ordean.
“[Our] keeper kept us in the game as he made seven or so saves that could hav been easy goals. [We] capitalized from a 30-yard shot that sealed the victory,” said Jacky Felix.
Gerry Smith and Josh Southall fired Mr. Dennehy’s into the Strumpf Cup second round with a 2-1 win over Gotham City.
Elsewhere in the Strumpf Cup, Mohammad Basir Mashriqi was the difference as Brishna squeaked past the LISFL’s NY Girensunspor 1-0.
In the Marth Cup for Over-30 teams, Manhattan Kickers Premier blanked LI Gaels 2-0 with goals by Nick Bill [70th] and Gilad Bloom [80th].
New York Greek Americans needed penalties to defeat Lindenhurst after a 1-1 draw in which Kyriakos Malias had tallied.
They won 5-4 in the shoot-out.
Chris Holterhoff, Darran Cronshaw and James Carrico scored for Nieuw Amsterdam but it still wasn’t enough as Baisley netted five.
Shamrock bowed out 2-1 to ten-man Barnstonworth Premier.
Ian Thorne [25th] and Alan Tardieu [35th] scored for Premier before Alex Berne got a goal back [60th] off a Danny Parkin rebound.
Manhattan Celtic Bhoys also exited 3-0 on penalties go Garden City after a 1-1 tie in which Gareth Hasson had scored.