From Jay Mwamba
October 17, 2018
Holders Lansdowne Yonkers began their second defense of the Manning State Cup with a 9-0 mauling of the Long Island Soccer Football League’s Kosmos Olympiacos at Tibbetts Brook Park.
There were hat tricks for Jack Doherty and Ovan Oakley, with Daryl Kavanagh adding a brace and Jordan Ayris one goal in the Bhoys’ first win of the season.
“The entire team worked hard,” said club president William McGrory, whose lads advance to meet Zum Schneider in the quarterfinals.
Zum blanked another LISFL side, Glen Cove, 2-0 on Lukas Hauer’s brace. Jordan Samassi and Saad Afif had assists.
“It was 0-0 at halftime. We dominated the game and had about 20 shots on goal,” said Zum’s Alexander Berscheid. “We should have won 5-0. We hit the crossbar twice and the post twice as well!”
New York Greek Americans, last season's Manning Cup losing finalists, saw off Port Jefferson 4-0 on Long Island to book a date in the last eight with 2017 runners-up Shamrocks.
Charlie Ledula struck twice and had both assists on Phil Bannister’s own brace. Skipper Shaun Foster set up one of Ledula’s goals.
Kevin Grogan’s Shamrocks, meanwhile, got off to an explosive start in the Eastern New York State competition with a 10-2 destruction of another LISFL side, NY Polet on Randalls Island.
Abou Kaba got the requisite hat trick after Barna Mako had opened the scoring. Kurt Cameron [two], Kwesi Mills-Odoi, Travis Blair and Joey Zorbo [two] were also on target.
Austin Friel, who led Lansdowne to those back-to-back Manning Cup victories the last two seasons, guided Cedar Stars Academy to the quarterfinals against New York Athletic Club. CSA knocked off Central Park Rangers 2-0.
Full back Jean Voltaire and Bledi Bardic scored.
Pancyprian Freedoms, who lifted the last of their seven Manning Cups in 2012, eclipsed Hellenic rivals Doxa FC 4-0 to advance to the quarter against Serbia.
Shavon had two assists and a goal in the romp. He set up Andreas Iosifidi and the prolific Adam Himeno. Jeff Mateo -- off a pass from Gabriel Camara -- was the other scorer.
Elsewhere, New York Athletic Club drilled Fort Jefferson Fusion 6-0.
Zum Schneider were the big winners in the D’Arpino Cup Round of 32, drubbing FC Japan 9-0.
Yianni Nictas [three], Andres Vernanza-Martinez [two], Mike Cheaney [two], Ryo Koiso and Jepherson Vernanza-Martinez did the damage.
The Lansdowne seconds were also in rampant form in the D’Arpino Cup, thrashing Spring Valley reserves 7-0 at Tibbetts Brook Park.
Mustafa Alobeidy [two], Ricardo Abreu, James Walters, Ish [two] and Brian Kenny tallied.
“Like the first team, this was the first win of the season for the reserves,” noted McGrory. “The Bhoys dominated from start to finish. On another day, [we] could have scored more.”
New York Greek Americans ‘B’ also ran riot against Kid Super Samba’s reserves, prevailing 5-1.
Gonzalo Rodriguez [two], Michael Ledesma and captain John Famularo [two] connected.
John Stamatis and Brian Kuritzky powered New York Athletic Club’s second unit to a 3-1 victory over CPR Reds reserves. This after the latter’s Trip Burke had canceled out Andre Wilkinson’s NYAC opener.
Manhattan Kickers ‘B’ atoned for a 2-0 loss to New York Ukrainians in their league season opener last month to evict Steve Kovalenko’s side 3-0 from the D’Arpino Cup.
Chris Smith and MVP Antonio Ruiz [two] netted.
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In a seesaw affair, Williamsburg International struck a late equalizer and then went on to edge CD Iberia 3-2 on penalties to advance to the D’Arpino Round of 16.
Veteran forwards Manny “La Pared” Lago and David “Presi” Lago shot Iberia ahead after Augustus Esgro had connected for Williamsburg against the run of play.
But Will Woods’ late leveler threw the Brooklyn side a lifeline that was eagerly taken.
In the ensuing shoot-out Williamsburg goalie Daniel Reid Smyth pulled off two huge saves and watched one go over the crossbar, while Daniel Rivas, Richard Clements, and Rafe Lopresti-Oakes sealed the victory.
“We lost [on penalties] in a game which we should have secured in the initial 90 minutes,” rued Iberia boss Carlos Vázquez.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Shamrocks’ reserves needed penalties as well to oust CPR Whites 4-2 in a thriller, after a 1-1 draw.
Andrew Scott opened the scoring from a Nikle Guzijan cross and once CPR’s Clint Dunn forced the shootout, Darren Coleman, James Whyte, John McAleenan and Brendan Lane converted.
Manhattan Kickers shot the lights out against Panatha USA, routing the Greeks 9-3 in the opening round.
Albi Rexha, Fook Liao, Brian Morris and Almir Hot all struck twice with James Zaiden adding a goal.
Top scorer in the CSL Second Division with nine goals in all competition, John Kaddo notched a brace in Williamsburg International’s 6 – 1 trouncing of Mineola Portuguese.
Mark Gallagher, Kevin Ruppel, Gerald van den Berg and Sergio Garcia also tallied.
New York Ukrainians’ dependable David Alkasimi was on the mark in a 3-1 decision over the LISFL’s NY Polet. James Trepak and Gamil Yahya also connected.
Stal Mielec survived a squeaker against Unity of the LISFL 4-3 on penalties.
Jacek Lawniczak, Bartek Dziuban and Pawel Marczenia scored in the 3-3 regulation time draw.
Marczenia again, Shane Powell, Marcin Jaworek, Michael did likewise in the shoot-out.
CPR Reds also needed PKs to kill off Oyster Bay Park 5-3 following a 2-2 stalemate. Facundo Zalazar got both goals in regulation for the Reds.
Also in the Flamhaft Cup, there was heartbreak for Sporting SC who dropped a 3-2 decision to FC Ulquini.
Abdoulaye Ibrahim and Jordin 'Jordi' Alvarez were the Sporting scorers.
“We lost to an inferior team,” said Ed Romero, expressing dissatisfaction with the officiating.
Fielding just 11 players at kickoff, CD Iberia were reduced to 10 men by injury for most of the second half against PDB NY Rovers and still held their own. It was 1-1 until the last 10 minutes of play when the Long Islanders nicked it.
Jose Elias was the Iberia scorer.
Kelmendi aces Glorian Hoxha [three] and Lekocaj Valdrin [two] combined to toss out Sons of Queens 5-0.
Mola SC produced a five-star performance of their own against shorthanded Barnstonworth Rovers.
Pablo Martinez [two], Alamisi Burhan, Gianluca Giuffrida and Dario Pezzullo scripted a 5-1 result.
“We had three last minute cancellations, so started the game with nine before a torn ACL dropped us to eight and a late arrival put us back at nine,” Tim Hattori recounted Rovers’ woes. “We played well but obviously too much of an uphill battle.”
Toby Obi got Rovers’ consolation goal off a Matt Pistone shot that trickled free behind the Mola goalie.
Shamrocks 1960 survived an early second half scare to evict Laberia 5-2.
Stephen Carlin, Joey Flynn, Ryan Redmond, Amar David and Conor Doherty were on target for Robbie O'Neill's squad in a match that was deadlocked 2-2 at the interval.
"We had an awful start to the second half but the boys kept the heads and battled back to dominate the remainder of the game," said O'Neill.
Anatoliy Taranenko [two], Jonathan Williamson and Josh Wigod lifted Mr. Dennehy’s 4-1 past Long Island’s NYPDC Boldest.
Goals in each half by new signing Aboudoukadiri Cheick and Mario Estrada earned NYC Metro Stars a 2-0 victory over metro rivals NYFC Iliria.
Missile FC downed SC Eintracht 4-1 courtesy of a hat trick by the prolific Brandy Cineas.
“He averages over three goals per game and has 18 goals in all competition,” manager Benjamin Alexandre said of Brandy.
Jeff Durosier was the other Missile marksman.
A 2-0 triumph over Ridgewood Romac -- thanks to Ebrima Drammeh and José Olarte – put New York Galicia through to the next round of the Strumpf Cup.”
“A demanding match but glad to advance to round of 16 on a clean sheet. Overall, a complete game by us,” observed manager Javier Caamano.
Flushing FC, however, went out after a tough 4-2 penalty loss to the LIFSL’s Baisley United.
It ended 2-2 in regulation time, Flushing coming from behind following a goalless first half to lead 2-1 with the clock ticking.
A James Gerbier free kick and Jahlil Sallet’s volley from midfielder Joe Palermo’s cross turned it around for the CSL side.
Baisley were awarded a late penalty, “after a light defensive foul off the ball in the box,” according to Ryan Wiedman.
It was converted to force a shootout that they won.
Greek Americans also succumbed 4-3 on penalties to Long Island opposition Asteras.
Antreas Michael -- off George Kosmetatos’ assist -- scored for the CSL Greeks in the 1-1 regulation tie.
Winners three years ago, the Shamrocks Over-30s came from behind to drub Oceanside United 4-1, thanks to Seán Riley, Gene Small [two] and Mark Finn.
They move into the Round of 16.
Manhattan Celtic Bhoys hammered CPR Legends 7-0, with Adam Darter and John Townsend both netting hat tricks.
Patrick Dougherty accounted for the other goal.
In the new Vargas Cup for Over-40 teams, the Bhoys’ sister club Manhattan Celtic Masters cruised past Manhattan Kickers Legends
Jackie Soussan [three] did most of the damage with Emin Avsar also chipping in. Wale Bakare had Kickers’ face-saver.
Back in the Marth Cup, Eric Engler, Matt Stryker and Ernest Subah starred for CPR Old Boys in a 3-1 romp over Garden City.
CPR Orange, meanwhile, strolled through to the last 16 without a sweat when Istria forfeited.
A third CPR team, the Grays, went out 3-1 to Integral Kings. Mike Swavola had the lone Rangers goal.
For the second year in a row, Manhattan Kickers Premier bowed out on penalties at the first hurdle. A 3-1 defeat away to Long Island Gaels was the cause this time.
This despite drawing first blood through Seamus Kelly [20th] from Khouri Mullings’ header. Gaels equalized five minutes later.
Kickers’ best chance to regain the lead was denied by the Gaels goalie in the 50th minute. He saved a Kelly header.
A depleted Shamrocks Legends side slipped 1-0 to SC Gjoa in the first round.