Shamrocks fullback Dan Giorgi and Lansdowne Yonker F.C returnee Karim Russell looking to outmuscle each other.
The CSL’s first division had a spectacular opening weekend. There were two derbies, the Greek Derby and the Irish Derby, which Shamrocks won by breaking their losing streak versus Lansdowne Yonkers F.C.
Two New York Cosmos players were on target, Bledi Bardic and Ivan Berterame, one had two assists, Jonathan Borrajo; last year’s MVP Christopher Katona scored four goals (what’s new?) and newcomers Hoboken F.C 1912 showed that they don’t want to go back to D2 since Day 1, rolling past Central Park Rangers Whites 4-0.
Oh and NY Greek Americans midfielder Shaun 'Fozzy' Foster scored a cracker versus Doxa. Here’s a brief recap of all the five matches of last weekend:
Lansdowne Yonkers F.C 1-3 Shamrocks
No better way to open a season than by defeating the champions on their turf in a derby you haven’t won over them in the past three years or longer. Shamrocks had the privilege of kicking off their season with that scenario, downing Lansdowne Yonkers F.C 3-1.
With only two minutes on the clock, the Rocks center forward Kurt Cameron netted the Irish Derby’s first goal as he steered the rebound of Lansdowne’s keeper Abdoukarim ‘Kabo’ Danso’s block from Mark Roche’s header low and hard in the net.
Shamrocks added to their lead in the second half. Kabo uncharacteristically spilled Dylan McCabe’s corner, unfortunately for the keeper Travis Blair was the first to react to the ball and hit a shot past him in the net.
Blair scored a second goal in the 90th minute as he collected Nick Laurent’s through ball before dribbling away from Kabo to hit the ball home.
New signing Andre MacFarlane scored a consolation goal for the Bhoys, beaming a shot to the bottom left corner of the net from about 25 yards out.
Kurt Cameron (Mark Roche)
Travis Blair- 2 goals (unassisted, Nick Laurent)
Lansdowne Yonkers F.C
Zum Schneider F.C 1-6 Cedar Stars Academy
Cedar Stars Academy blew past Zum Schneider F.C 03 6-1 away from home at Randall’s Island Field 75.
Bledi Bardic started the goalfest as he elegantly chested Matthew Nigro’s inswinging pass before directing a shot to the lower left corner of the net from the penalty kick mark.
Nigro also had the Stars’ second assist, sending Christopher Katona on goal with a pinpoint pass. As for Cedar Stars’ third goal, it started with Walter Caldron dispossessing a Zum defender and passing the ball to Bardic, who placed a shot to the bottom right corner of the net from the top left side of the 18-yard box.
Nigro led Katona to the net again for the fourth goal. And for the fifth goal Calderon stole the ball from ZSFC’s right back then drew the opposing keeper off his line before squaring a pass to Katona, who easily tapped the ball in an empty net.
Last year's top scorer Christopher Katona [playing for F.C Motown in this picture] scored four goals in the opening week.
The Stars’ last goal was from another Zum giveaway as Kevin Kappock took the ball from an opposite midfielder then connected with Katona, who paced at the opposing goal before clipping a shot off the right post and int the net.
Ivan Berterame netted Zum’s lone goal, tapping Matel Anasta’s cross in the net.
Cedar Stars Academy
Christopher Katona- 4 goals (Matthew Nigro, Matthew Nigro, Walter Calderon, Kevin Kappock)
Bledi Bardic- 2 goals (Matthew Nigro, Walter Calderon)
Zum Schneider F.C 03:
Ivan Berterame (Matel Anasta)
NY Greek Americans 3-2 Doxa SC
NY Greek Americans conquered Doxa SC 3-2 in the Greek Derby on Sunday night home at the Metropolitan Oval.
Doxa actually opened the scoring but NY Greeks defensive midfielder Shaun ‘Fozzy’ Foster levelled the game with unarguably the goal of the first round as he unleashed a 25-yard volley to the top corner of the net.
Shaun 'Fozzy' Foster netted a 25-yard volley versus Doxa SC. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis
Fozzy found the net again to send the Greeks ahead, tapping Tyler Botte’s header from Tom Wharf’s cross in the net.
New signing Phil Bannister extended NYGA’s lead to 3-1 with his first goal for the club, which he scored by sinking John Sabal’s cross in the net.
As they’re accustomed to do, Doxa fought to the end and cut the Greeks’ lead to 3-2 but couldn’t make a comeback--they hit the post once.
NY Greek Americans scorers
Shaun ‘Fozzy’ Foster- 2 goals (unassisted, Tyler Botte)
Phil Bannister (John Sabal)
NY Athletic Club 1-4 NY Pancyprian Freedoms
NY Pancyprian Freedoms kicked off their season with a win, defeating NY Athletic Club 4-1 away from home at Travers Island on Sunday afternoon.
The Freedoms opened their 2018-19 scoring account with an exquisite goal. Jonathan Borrajo charged down the right flank then bent in a cross to Andreas Chronis, who brilliantly took the ball down before going past one player and slotting the ball to the bottom left corner of the net.
It was Barroja’s first CSL assist. Grenada international Shavon John-Brown also tallied his first CSL assist in his league debut, sending Jordan Shanckle on goal.
Gerassimos "Mackie" Magoulas netted NY Pancyprians’ third goal with a voluptuous solo run. After stealing the ball from his opponents, Magoulas took on a defender then went around the keeper before kicking the ball in the vacant net.
Former MLS player Jeff Matteo capped the Freedoms’ scoring display from Barroja’s second assist.
Jake Mann scored NYAC’s solitary goal from Mike Giammanco’s pass.
Andreas Chronis (Jonathan Borrajo)
Jordan Shankle (Shavon John-Brown)
Gerassimos Magoulas (unassisted)
Jeff Matteo (Jonathan Borrajo)
Jake Mann (Michael Giammanco)
Hoboken F.C 4-0 Central Park Rangers Whites
Game pic of Central Park Rangers Whites' match verus Hoboken F.C 1912 on Sunday. Central Park Rangers Images
Hoboken F.C 1912 won their first game back in the top flight, blanking Central Park Rangers Whites 4-0 home at Laurel Hill Park Field 1. Jeremy Witherspoon scored Hoboken’s opener as he knocked Sheldon Gochiz’s cross in the net. Thomas Hogue netted the Jersey club’s second goal from 1-V-1 situation with the keeper after controlling Kevin Bzdek’s pass.
Colin Stripling scored the following goal, heading in Thomas Hogue’s cross in the net. Witherspoon took advantage of the opposing keeper’s bad clearance to score his second and Hoboken's fourth goal.
Hoboken F.C 1912 scorers:
Jeremy Witherspoon- 2 goals (Sheldon Gochiz, unassisted)
Colin Stripling- (Thomas Hogue)
Thomas Hogue (Kevin Bzdek)