From Jay Mwamba
March 21, 2018
It never really should have been a contest on paper – the undefeated U.S. amateur champs vs. the league’s winless bottom side. Ninety minutes later, Zum Schneider, the latter, had claimed a precious point after grinding out a goalless draw against Irish juggernaut Lansdowne Bhoys at Icahn Stadium.
Ovan Oakley and Momodou Gurissy [twice] spurned chances to break the deadlock as Lansdowne failed to score for the first time in the league.
Coach Austin Friel felt a draw was a fair result. But he wasn't happy with his Bhoys’ lack of intensity ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Cedar Stars Academy 7 p.m. this Sunday at Morristown Field in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
Lansdowne [9-0-2] go into that tussle six points clear of Cedar [7-2-1, 23] who have a game in hand.
Cesar Ceja’s second half brace for Lansdowne ‘B’ ended a two-match skid in league and cup football. They beat Zum ‘B’ 2-0 to improve to 10-1  atop the First Division reserve table.
The Bhoys had slumped to their first loss of the season seven days earlier, 3-1 to CPR White. They then bowed out of the Kilby Cup at the first hurdle on penalties to Shamrocks ‘A’ in midweek.
Cedar Stars warmed up their showdown with Lansdowne this weekend by blanking Central Park Rangers 3-0 on Randalls Island.
Michael Olla [40th], the lethal Christopher Katona [66th] and former Lansdowne striker Sikele Sylvester [86th] scored.
“We didn't take our chances in an even first half, and then they were just better in the second,” player-coach Eli Vovsha conceded.
His reserves triumphed 5-2 on Lulu Binabbas’ hat trick and goals by debutant Dan Brown and Tim Michiels.
The Shamrocks’ penalty victory over Lansdowne’s second unit three nights before St. Patrick’s Day put them in the quarterfinals of the Kilby Cup.
Kwesi Mills-Odoi’s first half effort was canceled out late by the Bhoys. In the ensuing shoot-out, Alejandro Fritz, Zach Gosse, Dan Giorgi, Calvin Moyes and Kwesi were unerring from the spot.
Goalie James Brostowski saved Lansdowne’s fourth penalty to ultimately force sudden death and the 12th penalty of the night hit the crossbar to hand the Rocks the win.
The Rocks, however, got no cheer on St. Patrick’s Day, succumbing 2-1 to Pancyprian Freedoms at Randalls.
Aboubaca Kaba scored for the Irishmen while Adam Himeno and Daniel Bedoya were on target for the Greek-Cypriots.
The night had begun on a bright note with the Shamrock reserves’ Larry Slaughter striking twice to spark a 4-0 romp over Pancyprian ‘B.’
Joey Aronovsky and Junior Elleston were also on the mark for the second place seconds [9-1-1, 28].
Manhattan Kickers’ Brian Morris and Michael Corbi of Doxa FC exchanged goals in a 1-1 tie at Skidelsky Field.
Jared Lichtarge and the hot Almir Hot – with his second goal in as many games – connected in the Kicker reserves’ 2-1 decision. Khalil Bah scored for Doxa.
KidSuper Samba hold a points lead [6-1-3, 19] in the North after knocking off fellow title contenders Malatyaspor USA 2-0 at the Verrazano Sports Complex.
Ebrima Jallow set up Colm Dillane’s opener then sealed the win in the second half. The Samba seconds crashed 3-0.
CPR Reds [6-3, 18] edged Manhattan Celtic 2-1 at Pier 5 and is now one of three teams tied for second place, a point behind the Samba firsts.
Timur Mone and Emilio Cordero struck for the Reds, Augusto Tono scored for Celtic. The curtain raiser was a 3-0 Red romp, thanks to Trip Burke, Gerry Sanchez and Hendrick de Ruiter.
On Randalls Island, FC Spring Valley also moved up to the 18-point mark by edging Brishna 3-2 on Osman Felipe’s hat trick.
In other action in the North, NYPD FC posted a pair of 1-0 victories over Sporting Astoria at Soundview Park.
Jesus Lugo had the lone goal in the reserve game, keeping the Cops two points ahead of Malatyaspor ‘B’ on the log.
Collin Wynter was the marksman in the NYPD first team win.
Undefeated Hoboken FC [8-0-1, 25] remain on top in Div. II South despite not kicking a ball at the weekend because of a field issue.
Hoboken’s reserves, also unbeaten [8-0-2, 26] and in first place in the South, defeated NY Ukrainians 4-0 on Randalls Island to move six points ahead of Polonia Gwardia ‘B.’
Andres Vargas [4th, 63rd], Murat Salik [75th] and Gleb Mironenko [82nd] tallied.
The Polonia first team’s 3-0 result over Williamsburg International at Grover Cleveland HS saw them close the gap with Hoboken to two points. However the Jersey lads have a game in hand.
“Chris Blivin hit the crossbar early,” reported Williamsburg’s Charles von Rosenberg. “Polonia's keeper was immense, coming up with save after save to keep a clean sheet.”
His reserves battled to a 2-2 draw on goals by Arturo Bello and Daniel Rivas.
Earlier in midweek, the Williamsburg reserves had seen off Hoboken ‘B’ 2-0 in the first round of the Saunders Cup.
“Rob Markwell [with] a screamer from the top of the box to the top right corner [and] Arturo Bello -- capping off a great counter attacking move to seal the match late,” said von Rosenberg.
Five Stal Mielec reserves shook off a 7-1 shellacking by Beyond FC to help lead the ‘A’ side to a 2-1 victory at Laurel Hill Park.
Clark Lemke and Pawel Marczenia connected for the third place Poles [7-3, 21].
“It was one ugly win, our opponents deserved a tie,” manager Artur Kurasiewicz confessed. “Kudos to five of our players who played in both fixtures.”
Waldemar Pyryt scored in the reserve drubbing.
Elsewhere in Division Two, George Delardas reeled in four goals on an evening when the Panatha reserves demolished FC Japan ‘B’ 12-2 on Randalls.
George Kassiaras [two], Nekatrios Pananoudakis [two], hat trick Giannis Bachos and Andreas Pilleris were the other scorers.
Shoichi Emori and Ryu Tsuneizumi had Japan’s consolation goals.
The firsts tied 1-1 with Naoki Shimada netting for the Japanese hosts and Miltos Gkoros for the Greeks.
Ergi Janku, Altin Haxhari and Elton Mone [two] powered NYFC Iliria to a 4-0 drubbing of Deportivo Sociedade at Memorial Field in Flushing.
Iliria [5-4-1, 19] joined Mr. Dennehy’s, Gotham Argo and Ridgewood Romac in a three-way tie for third place.
Gotham pipped Dennehy’s 3-2 at Pier 40.
Federico Testi scored Gotham’s first from Eric "Gonzo" Goncalves’s pass, Jonathan Munoz struck the second of Nicholas Chang’s assist, while Chris "Sodapop" Ward got the third from the spot.
Ridgewood, meanwhile, came away from Tibbetts Brook Park with a 3-2 result over Lansdowne’s third team.
Ayhan Bekdemir tallied twice for Ridgewood, including a 14th minute effort that was canceled out by Darren McDermott [24th], who would score again [78th].
Veteran Dani Ceabuca was the other Ridgewood scorer.
Also in Metro One action, J. Landry Sanon had his first half strike for NYC Metro Stars canceled out by Shamrocks in a 1-1 at Bushwick Inlet.
In probably the most prolific display of goal scoring in CSL history, former professional Glorian Hoxha banged in nine goals in Kelmendi’s 13-1 annihilation of Deportivo Sociedade II on Staten Island.
Once on the books of FC Tirana in the Albanian First Division, Hoxha brought his two-match spring tally to 12 goals. He notched a hat trick on his debut the previous week.
Naim Kurtovic [two] and Anton Lekocaj [two] were also on target against Deportivo.
Rookie side Kelmendi closed to within two points of Metro Two North leaders Inter New York SA, shock 6-0 losers to New York United, and a point behind Flushing FC.
Ten-man Flushing and Missile FC played a dramatic 2-2 affair at Memorial Field.
“Late -- and early -- drama at Flushing's Spring home opener as the Warriors were able to salvage a point despite being down to 10 men,” noted Flushing’s Ryan Wiedman.
His side went ahead [35th] when Edwin Hernandez and James Gerbier combined for the latter to score his seventh goal of the season. It was Hernandez's first official assist.
Flushing’s Ryan Roslonowski gave away a penalty on the hour, earning a second yellow and his marching orders in the process. Jo Valentin equalized for Missile who would later go ahead through Jackson Eugene.
“The Warriors did not back down and kept taking it to Missile,” said Wiedman.
The home side would be rewarded a minute from time when midfielder Gabriel Quesquen found Gerbier who set up John Ruiz for the leveler. It was Ruiz' second goal in three games.
“Lots of positives and negatives from the game,” observed Ryan Wiedman. “We’ll need to make adjustments and work harder.”
A late surge saw Mola SC top New York Galicia 3-2 at Verrazano Sports Complex and maintain a three-point lead in Metro Two South [9-2, 27].
Pablo Martinez [two] and Gianluca Palanca connected for Mola. José Olarte and
José Campoverde were the Galicia scorers.
“Mola got the better of us in the last 10 minutes and were able to steal all three points. We are hopeful we can bounce back after this loss next week,” said Javier Caamano.
AO Brooklyn claimed the borough’s bragging rights on the day with a 5-3 thrashing of Brooklyn Bound at Abraham Lincoln HS.
Sebastian Ribero starred with a goal and an assist, in addition to winning two penalties that were both converted by Bryan Vega. Lazlo Barna and Martin Trillo got the other goals.
At Herbert Lehman HS, SC Eintracht dispatched Beyond FC 4-2, courtesy of Hassan Redzic, Max Wehrli, Ray Chau and Vinny Vasconcelos scored.
Ralph Petit-Homme, Rollin Andre and Adeniyi Adeyemi scripted Grenadier Zenith’s 3-2 squeaker over Homenetmen at Corporal Thompson Park.
In other Metro Two results, Sons of Queens and Barnstonworth Rovers both had 3-0 wins over Gateway and FC Partizani; while Richmond County blanked NYC Afghanistan 4-0.
Manhattan Kickers Premier knocked off Hoboken FC 4-0 at Laurel Hill Park to regain the East leadership from the idle Shamrocks.
Man of the Match Ardian Hasko got Premier going off Seamus Kelly’s assist [18th]. Goalie Mike Fitzgerald made a superb save [30th] to preserve the one-goal edge going into the break.
Hasko would be involved in the next three goals. He set up Nick Bill’s nifty flick for number two [52nd], assisted Kelly for the third [60th] and got the fourth himself from a Bill pass [80th].
With the result, undefeated Premier [9-0-1, 28] moved two points ahead of Shamrocks with a game in hand.
Manhattan Celtic Bhoys crushed CPR Orange 6-0 at Bushwick Inlet. Iurie Gajev [two], Youcef Mami [two], Larry Rice and Danny Arkus tallied.
CPR Legends and Barnstonworth Rovers drew at Verrazano.
In the West, first place NY Greek Americans edged CPR Old Boys 1-0 to stay two points ahead of Hellenic rivals Pancyprian Freedoms. The latter trounced Megas Alexandros 3-0.
There was also a first win for Brooklyn Gunners who mowed down CPR Grays 3-0 at Linden Park.
Mid-table Doxa Legends pulled off a major upset in Over-38 play, handing two-time champions Cozmoz FC its first defeat this season via a 7-6 scoreline.
Doxa played catch-up in the 11-goal thriller until tying the game 5-5. They went ahead for good.
“We never gave up!” declared manager John Trantos. “We were faster and had our full top 11 squad all attending, as opposed to the usual second and third stringers.”
Carlos Paredes, Tiago Gomes and Dany Martinez all scored a brace while Chaderton Allen added one goal.
“We used 17 players this game,” said Trantos. “Kudos to the coaching staff.”
The defeat came at a cost for Cozmoz [8-1-1, 25]. They were joined at the top of the East by America FC, a 3-1 victor over Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans.
Barnstonworth Old Boys tied 0-0 with CPR Legends, while Manhattan Celtic Masters had a forfeit win over SC Eintracht.