Jeremy Witherspoon’s late heroics at Laurel Hill Park propelled Hoboken FC’s reserves to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stal Mielec ‘B’ in the opening round of the CSL’s John Kilby Cup.
Witherspoon connected in the 72nd [pen.] and 89th minutes to earn the Jersey side a quarterfinal date with last season’s losing finalists New York Athletic Club.
Kevin Bzdek [56th] was the other Hoboken scorer. His goal came between strikes by Stal’s Krzysztof Karcz [7th] and Pawel Marczenia [62nd].
Leutrim Saiti hit a hat trick in the Cedar Stars Academy reserves’ 3-1 romp defeat of NYAC’s second unit on Travers Island.
“Apparently my players were still on their winter break,” joked NYAC boss Bill Saporito. “Henning Sauerbier scored for us midway through the second half to knot things at 1-1. They didn't stay knotted for long, unfortunately.”
Cedar clash with Doxa FC in the Kilby quarterfinals.
Travis Cantrell produced a Man of the Match performance for First Division Central Park Rangers Whites who were involved in a thriller on Randalls Island.
CPR came from three down against Williamsburg International to force a 3-3 tie on Travis’ trey that was completed by a last gasp equalizer. They prevailed 5-3 in the shootout.
“This was a heart breaker,” lamented Williamsburg’s Charles von Rosenberg, whose Mark Gallagher, Kevin Ruppel and Chris Blivin had them cruising at the interval. Johan Kaddo [two] and Sergio Garcia had the assists.
“CPR benefited from two penalty calls during the match, one in stoppage time. And then [equalized] off a corner kick on the final touch of the match,” rued Rosenberg.
In the shootout, Cantrell, who’d converted two of CPR’s spot kicks in regulation time, was on target again. So were James Greco, Anthony Rozmus, Byran Dia and Gabriel de Foresta.
Up next for CPR are Zum Schneider.
Also in the Kilby Cup, Beyond FC succumbed 2-1 on penalties to FC Ulqini at Laurel Hill Park. Abe Hamami had the Beyond goal in the 1-1 regulation tie.
Ulqini face Kilby champions the Shamrocks in the quarterfinals.
A week before St. Patrick’s Day, Eoghan Carew and Stephen Richardson starred for New York Irish SC in a 2-1 upset over Saunders Cup holders Kelmendi on Randalls Island.
Donald Miculi had the Metro Div. One West leaders’ lone goal.
“Fantastic performance!” gushed NY Irish coach Colm Madden, whose lads’ challenge Beyond FC Metro next in the quarterfinals.
Beyond, meanwhile, edged Laberia FC 2-1 on Randalls Island, on goals by Oz Al Sahybi and Rehan Munir.
Debutant Steve Lofton was the other hat trick hero on the day as his treble powered Barnstonworth Rovers to a 4-0 romp over New York Ukrainians second unit on Randalls Island.
Wing back Doug Arnot had the other goal, his second in as many games for the Rovers. Keeper Matt Garcia made a brilliant save to preserve the clean sheet, “on a great free kick curled up over the wall,” reported Timothy Hattori.
Standing between Rovers and a semi-final berth in the Saunders Cup are the CPR Reds reserves. They knocked off Manhattan Celtic ‘B’ 3-1 on Randalls.
Junior Sanguina and Dorjan Jashari [two] scripted the win.
Dionel Villalva, the CD Iberia reserves’ 48 year-old goalie, came up big to stop a penalty and set the stage for a hard fought 3-1 victory over Sporting SC Reserve - South Bronx United at Soundview Park.
Sporting’s Phil Appiah had pegged back Yonah Zeitz’ first half lead for Iberia when the home side won a penalty. However, the ageless Villalva denied Julians Rodriguez from the spot.
Minutes later, Iberia went ahead again when Dani Soberon’s effort hit the bar and bounced out. The assistant referee deemed it to have crossed the line. Santi Bedoya got the third goal.
“Solid performance from everyone on the team,” remarked Iberia coach Carlos Vázquez, with props for Villalva.
“Ultimately we score 1 goal and miss a penalty, its not enough to win the game so it’s on us and I’d rather our guys didn’t have an ‘out’ to blame it on one tough call that went against us,” commented Sporting SC Reserve - South Bronx United Manager Andy Jenkins. “We created more chances, but our desperation increased our bad transition defense, which lead to the 3-1 final score. It was a heart breaking loss.”
Iberia’s foes in the last eight will be Manhattan Kickers ‘B.’ They edged FC Ulqini’s reserves 1-0 on Almir Hot’s goal on Randalls Island. Jared Hirschowitz had the assist.
Elsewhere in the Saunders Cup, Drew Eisenhower netted for Flushing FC in a 2-1 defeat to Mommas Boys on Randalls.
“Frustrating loss for us,” conceded manager Ryan Wiedman.
It rained goals at Dyker Beach Park where debutant Ari Dolegowski burnished Manhattan Kickers Legends’ 7-0 drubbing of SC Gjoa with a hat trick.
Center back Jesse Vozick drew first blood, midfielder John Balson struck twice and Dave Stopforth capped it with a fine header, said head coach Eddie Yee Woo Guo.
Manhattan Celtic Legends await Kickers in the quarterfinals.
GOOD OLD BOYS
It turned out to be a mismatch when Barnstonworth Rovers Old Boys met CPR Old Boys on Randalls Island. The latter triumphed 5-0 to advance to the quarterfinals against the CPR Grays – Hoboken FC 1912 winner.
Sebastian Palacios had a goal and two assists for CPR Old Boys,
Brandon Levy added a brace and one assist, as did Sebastian Sobczak.
Also on Randalls Island, the Shamrock Legends had a forfeit win over Rovers Veterans. They duel with Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in the quarterfinals.