A week after capturing the Sal Rapaglia Champions Cup, CSL titlists Lansdowne Bhoys...
By Jay Mwamba
A week after capturing the Sal Rapaglia Champions Cup, CSL titlists Lansdowne Bhoys slumped 2-1 to in-form New York Rovers on Randalls Island. It was the Irish side’s second league loss in three games this fall.
Chris Wiggan and Jehp Vernaza had Lansdowne in a 2-0 hole after 20 minutes. And although Papa Thioune got one back on resumption, Rovers held on to preserve their 100 percent record [4-0, 12] atop the East standings.
“Terrible performance; my players never showed up,” moaned Lansdowne player-coach Austin Friel.
His opposite, Andy Abramovits, credited preparation and the element of surprise for the result.
“We are very familiar with Lansdowne and they didn’t know much about our new squad,” he explained. “Knowing them well allowed us to put players in positions to slow them down to an extent. They forced us out of our game but we were able to adapt and hurt them on the counter.”
Abramovits also had kudos for his outstanding goalie Matt Bazin.
Rovers were able to frustrate Lansdowne in the opener as well, Zach Pritchard canceling out Kieran Fox’s earlier strike with the last kick of a truncated reserve match. It finished 1-1.
Seven-time champions Pancyprian Freedoms are another team in the CSL top flight with a perfect record. The Greek-Cypriots blanked Stal Mielec 3-0 at St. John’s University.
Julio, Ari Dimas and Phil Bannister scored for the West frontrunners.
“We must have blown at least 10 point-blank chances and that’s conservative,” noted George Halkidis, whose reserves prevailed 2-1.
Putting its dismal Rapaglia Cup campaign the previous week behind it, New York Greek Americans knocked off a game Clarkstown Eagles 4-0 at the Metropolitan Oval to maintain its flawless league run as well.
Goalie Troy Hernandez kept Eagles off the board in the first half with two massive saves, one from a free header, before the Greeks ran rampant on the restart.
Shaun Foster headed in a free kick. Chris Megaloudis won and converted a penalty. Michael Annaruma floated one in and Keith Detelj chipped the Eagles shot-stopper.
“We played our best game of the season and it was needed to overcome a very good Clarkstown [team],” said NYGA coach Stavros Zomopoulos.
His USASA national champs improved to 3-0, three points adrift of Pancyprian in the West with a game in hand.
The Greek reserves, meanwhile, led through Peter Touros before conceding a twice-taken penalty in a 1-1 draw with Eagles ‘B.’
Leo Gomez and Alejandro Sucre netted for NYAC, 2-1 victors over United FC at the Aviator Sports Complex.
In the curtain raiser at the Aviator field, Bill Saporito’s NYAC ‘B’ juggernaut saw Junior Spinks atone for a missed penalty with a first half hat trick in a 4-3 victory.
“After his miss, United converted a PK but Chris Barsky got us on level terms 30 minutes in. Then Spinks went to work,” said Saporito, coach of the CSL Reserve title champions. “With a 4-1 halftime lead we thought the game was safe but [we] went down to 10 men early in the period and United staged a furious rally that came up short.”
At Pier 5, Central Park Rangers also battled back to edge Manhattan Celtic 2-1 courtesy of a late own goal.
Celtic carried a Matt Negus [4th] lead into the second half before Kwesi Mills-Odoi drew CPR level from Adam Rhodes’ set-piece. Rangers completed their comeback in the 85th minute when a Celtic defender turned Ben Hirsch’s cross into his own net.
“Tough result to take but a lot of positives from the game, and we know we need six points from our next two games,” said Celts gaffer Matt Kane.
His reserves won 1-0 on a Mike Grand goal.
ON THE MARK
Elsewhere in the First Division, Mark Wallis [38th] scored his first ever goal for Hoboken FC in the reserves’ 1-0 decision over New York Croatia ‘B’ in Boonton, N.J.
Later, Hoboken’s first XI succumbed 1-0 to Croatia ‘A.”
“It was a pretty even match, but Croatia found the back of the net and we didn’t,” observed Bill Marth.
Doxa FC shot to the top of the Second Division log after smashing Sporting Astoria 6-0 at Van Buren High School.
Kurt Cameron [two], George Najm, Chris Hernandez, Kevin Sales and James Zaidan connected for Doxa [2-0-2, 8] who lead Polonia on goal difference.
The result was a reversal of the reserve outcome that finished 6-0 in Astoria’s favor.
Mohammed Jalloh starred in that encounter with a hat trick. Johan Quinde, Johan Clarke and Abu Jalloh also tallied for Ed Romero’s second unit.
Shamrock, meanwhile, were moments away from regaining first place in the second tier when Juan Srolis’ 91st minute header snatched a 2-2 tie for hosts New Amsterdam United at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, N.J.
Joey Aronovsky had scored both Shamrock goals while Jesse Rose was the other Amsterdam marksman.
“Gutting result, especially given the fact that [the] Rocks would have topped the league as Polonia and New York Ukrainians drew earlier at McCarren Park,” rued Glen Wrafter
His side instead remain second [2-1-1, 7] a point behind Doxa and Polonia.
Paul McDaid, Leandro Fregossi and Sean Hand steered the Shamrock reserves to a 3-0 victory.
Adam Maliniak’s 65th minute penalty earned Ukrainians a 1-1 tie with Polonia at McCarren Park.
Lukasz Prawdzik could have nicked it for Ukrainians late but he missed a sitter.
The Ukrainian reserves triumphed 3-1 on goals by Vitaliy Firsov, Gleb Mironenko and Iurii Vovk,
Maxwell Barfoe, Amanfo Assibu and Richmond Adom were on target for rookie side New York Supreme in a 3-0 romp over NYPD FC on Randalls Island.
CPR Reds, another member of that elite group of teams with perfect records, mauled short-handed Gotham City 6-0 on Randalls Island to improve to 4-0  on the Metro Div. One East table.
“Gotham City showed up with only nine players which left them with no shot at taking down the Reds who are off to a red-hot start this year,” said Blake Berg.
Timur Mone [three], Lance Brune, Ian Nolan and Richie Kavanagh tallied as the Reds recorded their third straight shutout since goalie Andrew Snell joined the team.
Berg singled out midfielder Hunter Norte and center back Eddie Walter for special mention.
Second place New York Vllaznia lost vital early ground to the Reds after falling 3-2 to Mr. Dennehy’s, whose Francisco Patino hit a hat trick in a dramatic finish.
Salvatore Finazio and Dardan Jashari scored for Vllaznia, now five points off the pace, at Corporal Thompson Park on Staten Island
“It was an amazing game,” reported Dennehy’s Ronan Gardiner. “[We] led 1-0 at halftime before falling behind to two second half Vllaznia goals. Still trailing at the 90 minute mark, we scored two goals in five minutes of injury time to seal a most dramatic of victories. We have always had great games against Korabi over the years and it appears that a name change is not going to change that.”
Also in the East, Ridgewood bounced back from its own 6-0 mauling by the Reds to blank Gotham Argo 2-0 at the East Sixth Street field and climb into third place [2-2, 6].
Ayhan Bekdemir [28th, 67th] got both goals.
“We managed to put the 6-0 loss to CPR Reds behind us by playing a very conservative game, dominating possession in midfield and defending very well,” said assistant coach Ovidiu Ordean.
FC Gwardia’s 5-2 defeat of winless Missile FC in upstate Sloatsburg moved them to within a point of first place in Metro Div. One West. This after leaders New York Ittihad could only draw 1-1 with Brishna.
Konrad Sobotka struck three times against Missile and Marcin Januszko as the Poles upped their stats to 3-1 . Jo Valentin had both Missile goals.
Brishna’s Mohammad Mashriqi had the goal that ultimately saw Ittihad drop points in the 1-1 stalemate on Randalls Island.
Moroccan ace Othman Lantir scored a brace in a 5-1 drubbing of New York Galicia at Bushwick Inlet that lifted NYC Metro Stars [3-0-1, 10] into first place in Metro Div. One.
John Guaguen, Christian Vazquez and Elmer Batres accounted for the other Metro Star goals, leaving hitherto sizzling Williamsburg International [3-1, 9] and two other teams a point behind.
“Galicia was a very difficult team in the first half but we handled [them] in the second half. I’m really proud of my players,” said Edison Calle
Jorge Español [25th, 75th pen.] got both Barnstonworth Rovers goals in a 2-1 win at Red Hook that ended Williamsburg’s rampaging run of 30 goals and three wins in as many games this fall.
“Back down to earth in a very tight game against Barnstonworth,” conceded Charles von Rosenberg. Andreas Moudatsos scored early. Barnstonworth equalized off a corner and won [it] on a second half PK.”
Overall, it was Williamsburg’s first defeat in 10 league games dating back to November 24, 2014, when they were known as formerly Doyle’s Corner FC.
The famously named Neil Simon and Jonathan Jacob [two] were on target for New York Bravehearts in a 3-3 tie with Mola SC, whose Neil Franco [two] and Chris Discipio scored on Randalls Island.
Blown out by a combined 24 goals in its first two games in Metro Two, rookie side Metro City Fury Athletic rebounded to pip SC Eintracht 3-2 on Randalls Island.
Artur Galstian [pen.] and George Villalta connected for Eintracht.
Sean Riley [two] powered Shamrock’s Over-30s to a 4-1 romp over Megas Alexandros on Randalls Island, the Irishmen’s third straight win of the season.
Defender Adrian Morrissey [15th] and Tayfun Gokmen [75th] got the other goals, while Nick Nissirios replied for Megas.
“We dominated completely,” said McCarry, who led the Rocks to the Over-30 Div. II title three years ago.
Gilad Bloom [two], Joe Whiteman, Antonio Ruiz and Chris Beddows shot the lights out in Over-30 champs Manhattan Kickers Premier’s 5-0 shellacking of BW Gottschee at East River Park.
Earlier at the same field, David James Stewart had fired Kickers’ sister club past Barnstonworth Premier 1-0.
In other Over-30 Div. One action, Ansumana Gaye [two] and Paddy Geraghty earned Manhattan Celtic Legends full points at the expense of 3-2 victims New York Dinamo.
At Sinatra Park, Argo Silver were left singing the blues following a 3-0 pasting by first place Hoboken FC in an Over-30 Div. Two fixture.
Scorers were Matthew Faulks at the near post, Mauricio Piedrahita from an 18-yard free kick, and Hans Aponte ten minutes from time.
The victory was dampened by a head injury to Hoboken’s Kyle Caler who was later released from hospital.
“We all wish him speedy recovery,” offered Jason Simmons.
Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, meanwhile, dispatched Over-30 Div. II rivals Brooklyn Gunners 4-1 at Bushwick Inlet. Souleymane Diallo [two], Jaime Gonzalez and Youcef Mami tallied.
Chris Williams and Willian D’Andrea connected in the CPR Legends’ 2-0 shutout of Banatul.
“The heat slowed down the game in the second half and a combination of poor touches and an excellent performance by the Banatul goalie helped keep the final score down to 2-0,” noted Manohar Venkataraman.
And SC Eintracht came away from Sinatra Park with a 2-1 result over Hoboken FC Veterans. Jean Paul Garzon and Dan Ceabuca scored
“Good come-from-behind win,” remarked VP Mark Lesser.