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By Jay Mwamba

From Jay Mwamba
Nov. 22, 2017
  
In a rare scenario anywhere in football, Pancyprian Freedoms beat New York Athletic Club twice in one day to pick up three league points and, later, qualify for the State final of the U.S. Amateur Cup.
 
This unique occurrence last weekend followed a loss of lights at the Verrazano Sports Complex four days earlier with Pancyprian and NYAC engaged in a penalty shoot-out in the U.S. Amateur state semis.
 
That encounter had ended 2-2 in regulation time, with NYAC’s Kevin O'Connell and Jamie Libby exchanging goals with the Greek-Cypriots’ Andreas Iosifidis and Andreas Chronis [pen.].
 
“We completed the first round of PKs with NYAC up 1-0. Our goalkeeper saved Pancyprian's first PK,” said NYAC coach Erik Bagwell. “At the start of the second round, the lights went out on the field and we were unable to finish the shoot-out.”
 
The two sides locked horns again in a CSL First Division fixture. Pancyprian nicked that 1-0 on Daniel Bedoya’s strike from Adam Himeno’s assist. The win moved them into third on the table [5-0-3, 18].
 
Given the choice of finishing off their U.S. Amateur Cup penalty shoot-out then or rescheduling it, both teams chose the former.
 
Three-time Cup winners, the Greek-Cypriots rode their luck to win 5-4 and advance to the State final, Nov. 28 at Aldephi University [TBA].
 
Andreas Chronis, Jeff Matteo, Alecko Eskandarian, Diogo Dos Santos Pereira and James Riley converted all five penalties for Pancyprian.  
 
Noah Kosoff, Nat Bekoe, Jimmy Lannon and Dane Kenny were the NYAC scorers.
 
“Unfortunately they made us retake the PKs from the beginning despite NYAC being up 1-0 on Wednesday night before the lights went off,” lamented Bagwell. “It's really a coin toss at that point.”
 
NYAC had defeated the LISFL’s NY Kosmos 3-1 to reach the semis, while Pancyprian knocked out Doxa FC 6-1.
 
FRICKER CUP
Two nights before Thanksgiving, Pancyprian engaged in another Hellenic tussle with CSL champs New York Greek Americans in the State semis of the Werner Fricker Cup at the Metropolitan Oval.  They lost 3-1 to a Tyler Botte hat trick.
 
Danny Elliott twice created for Botte while Adam Himeno had the Pancyprian goal.
 
It was the Hellenic titans’ second meeting this season, NYGA having lost 3-0 in a league match last month.
 
“GREEK WEEK”
Reserve champs NYAC ‘B’ had mixed fortunes against Hellenic opposition in their own two-game stand.
 
 Junior Spinks and Alex Meisel clawed NYAC out of a two-goal hole against the NYGA reserves in midweek only to succumb 3-2 after two ejections. 
 
NYAC made amends at the weekend, trouncing Pancyprian ‘B’ 7-0.
 
“Vicious winds, as everyone experienced, but we managed two goals playing into it the first half— the opener by Pete Lynch, a header off a corner [20th] and the second by Brian Kuritzky who drilled a left footer before the half ended,” reported Bill Saporito.
 
“Pancyprian were going to have a really difficult time playing against that wind in the second half and we didn't help them. Junior Spinks got two goals and Gabe Bagot three, including a fabulous volley,” Saporito added.
 
 SUPER BHOYS
U.S. amateur kings Lansdowne held off Junior Lone Star U23s 3-1 at Tibbetts Brook Park to qualify for the first round proper of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
 
Francois Navarro [40th] broke Lone Star’s resistance from a Lukas Zarges pass.
 
Daryl Kavanagh then connected twice in the second half. The first a brilliant individual effort from 25 yards and the second a flick-in to Andrew Sousa’s free kick.
 
Lone Star pulled one back during a scrappy final 15 minutes.
 
 “Another decent performance after a hard midweek league game [against the Shamrocks] and a limited squad,” said coach Austin Friel. “
 
Lansdowne had edged Jackson Brick Lions FC of New Jersey 2-1 and fellow CSL side Pancyprian Freedoms 4-3 on penalties in the U.S. Open preliminary qualifiers.
 
IRISH DERBY
Seventy-Two hours earlier, Lansdowne had downed the Shamrocks 3-1 at St. Michael’s Playground in the two sides’ first Irish derby of the season.
 
All three Lansdowne goals came in an opening half club president William McGrory described as “one for the ages.”
 
Captain Sean Kelly [free kick] and Mamadou Guriassy [two] scored. Giuseppe Barone got one back for the Rocks on resumption.
 
“Apart from a 10-minute spell in the second half we were clinical in every department,” said Friel. “We are starting to peak at the right time ahead of a few season-defining games.” 
 
The win moved the three-time CSL titlists [7-1, 22] two points clear at the top.
 
Later, at St. Michael’s, Lansdowne’s reserves completed an Irish derby double for the Yonkers club with their own 3-1 romp over Shamrocks ‘B’ that preserved their 100 percent record.
 
 Arten Baja [two] and Richard Chimoro scored for the first place Bhoys [8-0, 24].  Darren Coleman [pen.] had the Shamrock response.
 
CEDAR ACE
Fast, tall and lethal, Cedar Stars Academy’s Chris Katona lived up to his attributes with all the goals in the 6-0 destruction of Manhattan Kickers at Ramapo College.
 
The CSL Division top scorer [13] had five assists on the day from Sammy Gehman and one from Joaquin Aldabe.
 
“Chris has been on fire and deserves his third straight player of the week award,” said Cedar owner-coach Oliver Papraniku. “He set the CSL modern day record with two straight last week. The Kickers keeper made at least five wonder saves!”
 
The Cedar reserves lost 2-0 to Kickers ‘B,’ whose Ricardo and Alex Petrovic, an Over-30 regular, scored.
 
CHAMPS SPARKLE
Defending CSL titlists New York Greek Americans also hit Central Park Rangers Whites for six with no reply on Randalls Island.
 
Stephen Roche, Jimmy Nealis, Tyler Botte [two] Danny Elliott and Nino Alphonso tallied.
 
This after the NYGA reserves had won 3-2, thanks to Jonnikolas Goiochea, Anthony Castro and Meshack Addy.
 
Faissal Sanfo and Chris Gardner replied for CPR.
 
GREEN BRACE
At the Joseph F. Fosina Field, bottom two sides Doxa FC and Zum Schneider battled to a 2-2 tie.
 
Kyle Green’s brace earned Zum a crucial point, with his first strike pegging back Michael Corbi’s opener for Doxa.  Peter Dilorenzo was the other Doxa scorer.
 
“Peter hit the cross bar in the last second of the game, which would've given us the win. The referee blew the whistle two seconds later,” said Doxa’s Foti Bouklis.
 
Adrien Demelier scored for the Zum reserves in 1-0 win.
  
JERSEY CUP
A 7-1 shellacking of Benfica Sports Academy at Harvey Field in Kearny put the CSL’s Hoboken FC, five-time trophy winners, in the quarterfinals of the New Jersey State Cup.
 
Benfica showed fight in the first half, canceling out James Reed’s [2nd] early strike in the 43rd minute.  However, Danny Fernandez struck twice within a three minute spell on either side of the half [44th, 47th] to restore Hoboken’s edge.
 
Goals by Tom Hogue [55th], Alex Megna’s first for the club [70th] Reed [75th] and Mitch Hoffert [76th] saw off Benfica.
 
SECOND DIVISION
 
SAMBA STYLE
Another strong finished powered rookie side KidSuper Samba to a 4-2 victory over   Brishna and to within a point of Division Two North leaders Malatyaspor who did not play.
 
Brishna scored first but were reeled back by Alhoussain Bah’s goal off a Yankuba Janneh pass. After the interval, Janneh canceled out Brishna’s second strike, from Ebrima Jallow’s assist, before KidSuper went off on the visitors at the Baker Athletics Complex.
 
 Janneh and Bah connected again -- with Nezaj and Ebrima Jallow doing the handiwork -- to up the newcomers’ record to 5-3 [15] on the log.
 
RED-HOT
CPR Reds’ third straight win saw them rise into joint second in the North with KidSuper Samba, on the back of a 6-3 drubbing of Bronx Supreme at Bushwick Inlet.
 
 Blake Berg, Andrew Fisher, Donal O’Cofaigh [two], Mike Lindley and Christian Nieto were on target.
 
The Reds’ second unit was more rampant in a 7-1 thrashing in the curtain raiser. Mike Cuzzi [two], Ahmed Mahbouli [two], Trip Burke, Felipe Copete and David Gaultier tallied.
 
CELTS CLIPPED
In mid-table, Scott Penco was the Manhattan Celtic scorer in a 2-1 loss to NYPD whose Demetre Vernon had a brace.
 
NYPD’s reserves triumphed by the same score line with Francesco Allevato and Huseyin Kahveci the marksmen and Omar Amari on target for Celtic ‘B.’
 
SPRING HARVEST
FC Spring Harvest came away from Soundview Park with a 7-0 victory over Sporting Astoria.
 
Carlos Javier, Cristian Hernandez [three], Byron Cruz, Yonathan Orozco and Omar Aragon scored.  
 
Greg Nelson had a hat trick in the Spring reserves’ 4-1 triumph. Kevin Escalante had the other goal and Samuel Oladipupo had Astoria’s lone response.
 
POLES CLIMB
With Div. Two South leaders Hoboken running rampant in the New Jersey State Cup, second place Polonia Gwardia [5-2-1, 17] went for broke against Panatha USA, winning 5-0 to close the gap at the top to two points.
 
The Polonia reserves prevailed 5-1.
 
FIVE STAL
A further two points behind in third place is Stal Mielec, who blanked Beyond FC 5-0 at McCarren Park.
 
 Bartek Dziuban [two], Slawek Dziuban, Jacek Lawniczak and Pawel Marczenia scripted the result.
 
Marcin Chlost, Mateusz Chlost and Jacek Korba steered the Stal seconds to a 3-1 win.
 
WINDY TIE
New York Ukrainians blew a two-goal half time lead in a 3-3 tie with Williamsburg International at a windy and cold McCarren Park.
 
It was 2-0 at the interval on strikes by Gamil Yahya and Aziz Aljadany.  But a Williamsburg fight back would erase the Ukrainian lead. 
 
Mark Gallagher, Kevin Ruppel and Chris Blivin starred in the Williamsburg comeback with Jesse Alexander the other Ukrainians scorer.
 
The opener finished 1-1 with Kareem Roberts notching a last minute equalizer for Ukrainians after Danny Rivas had given the visitors the lead.
 
 METRO ONE
GOTTSCHEE HEROICS
Nine-man BW Gottschee overcame the odds in their derby match with Ridgewood Romac, erasing a three-goal deficit in the last half hour to nick a 5-4 decision.
 
The Blue and White hit turbulence while up 1-0 on Greg Davis’ goal set up by Christian Paredes.
 
“[We] went down to nine players on two red cards and found ourselves trailing 4-1 with 30 minutes to play,” said Gottschee manager John Ryding.
 
Ridgewood scored four goals in succession through Dani Anton, Ayhan Bekdemir and Emre Tetik [two].
 
 “Then something magical happened,” noted Ryding.
 
Quick goals by Joel Morales and Davis cut the deficit to 4-3. Then captain Dion Amvrosiatos equalized, leaving Davis to complete his hat trick and an improbable comeback with nine minutes remaining.
 
“It was then a question of Gottschee keeping their nerves and they held onto the win thanks to goalkeeper Zioulis Pantelis making a brilliant save,” said Ryding. “The lads never gave up and the nine on the field were outstanding but I hope we never have to play 1-3-4-1 again!"
 
ROCKED
Shamrocks 1960 thrashed Deportivo Sociedade 5-2 at St. Michael’s to record a second win of the season.
 
Dan Meola [two], Joe Connolly, Kevin Curran and Shawn Duda connected, albeit the Rocks remain bottom of the table in Metro One [2-7, 6] on goal difference.
 
On Randalls Island, lowly NYC Metro Stars had goals from new signing Ivan Reyes [15th], Mamadoe Diombera [67th] and Guisseppe Romero [78th] in a 4-3 loss to Lansdowne.
 
“Difficult times for us; another loss,” moaned boss Edison Calle.
 
LIM GOAL
Mike Lim scored for Gotham Argo in a 1-1 tie with the Metro Div. One’s third place side NYFC Iliria at Pier 40.
 
 Eric "Gonzo" Goncalves had the assist.  Olti Vela was the Iliria scorer.
 
METRO TWO
Long time strugglers in the division, Homenetmen edged Grenadier Zenith 3-2 at Kaiser Park to join Missile [who didn’t play] on 17 points in second place in the North.
 
Miran Kerrigan [two] and Vardan Tigranyan had the Armenians 3-0 up at one point before Rollin Andre and Jhonny Sinvil got two back for the hosts.
 
“Tough loss on our part,” remarked Grenadier manager Jack Felix. “We played against the wind and could not execute while they did. They were up 3-0 by the end of the first half.
 
“We battled back to [get] two goals back. The ref disallowed the third goal which was clearly a defensive lapse. We will bounce back to form.”
 
North frontrunners Inter New York SA knocked off New York United 7-1 on Randalls Island.
 
TURKEY SHOOT
Kelmendi stayed on Homenetmen’s heels – a point behind in fourth place – with an 11-0 blowout of Deportivo Sociedade on Staten Island.
 
Three men did all the scoring.  Ylli Sufaj and Valdrin Lekocaj each struck four times while Ellis Hasalla had a hat trick.
 
BIG MOLA
Resurgent Mola SC claimed a share of the Metro South leadership with a 3-2 win over Brooklyn Bound at the Verrazano Sports Complex.
 
Player-coach Gianluca Palanca, Alhamisi Burhan and Pablo Martinez connected to lift Mola onto the 21- point mark, equal with Sons of Queens who lost  5-1 to Richmond County.
 
 JUAN TREY
 Fabled side SC Eintracht’s good form continued in Metro Two with a 5-1 spanking of Beyond FC at Prospect Park Parade Grounds.
 
 Juan Zaiter hit a hat trick and was joined on the score sheet by Patricio Guaiqui and Chimwemwe Matupa.
 
 GATEWAY
 Elsewhere in Metro Two action, Edison Nurcellari and Marco Thiemm Kaiser crafted Gateway FC’s 2-0 decision over Barnstonworth Rovers at Bush Terminal Piers.
 
 OVER-30
Marko Loncar’s double kept East leaders Manhattan Kickers Premier unbeaten with a 2-0 decision over Manhattan Celtic Bhoys at Pier 40.
 
Ardian Hasko had one assist for the 8-0-1 [25] Kickers who are five points clear of second place Shamrocks.
 
 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Shamrocks dropped points in a grueling 3-3 tie with Pancyprian Freedoms at St. Michael’s on Monday might.
 
Paddy McCarry’s lads twice came from behind, thanks to Sean Riley [two] and the prolific Johnny McGeeney.
 
Taso Polydefkis, Pete Halkidis and Stelio Andreou were the Pancyprian hitmen.
 
CPR DERBY
Brandon Levy and Seb Sobczak both scored twice as CPR Old Boys pasted CPR Grays 4-1 on Randalls Island.
 
 Megas Alexandros and Hoboken FC were the other Over-30 winners at the weekend. The latter were awarded a forfeit over CPR Orange while the former pipped Celtic Legends 2-1.
 
OVER-38
EDDIE GOAL 
Player-coach Eddie Yee Woo Guo nodded in a corner [70th] in Manhattan Kickers Legends’ 2-1 win over CPR Legends on Randalls.
 
Charles Bradley had earlier leveled for CPR [40th] after Jonathan Dee’s 10th minute strike.
 
“With the wind on our backs in the second half, we kept up a steady pressure, hitting the post three times and forcing five corners, one of which came to my head to nod in for the winner,” said Guo. “A nice goal and I think deserved win.”
 
Kickers [6-3, 18] lead the West by five points over SC Gjoa who lost 3-0 to America FC.
 
GONG TIME
East pace-setters Cozmoz had a goal and an assist from Jason Julian “Gong” Jordan in a 2-2 draw with Barnstonworth Veterans.
 
His own goal was set up by Nedgy Nazon after which Gong assisted on Duane Pena’s effort.
 
MASTERS PREVAIL
Celtic Masters had less difficulty with Barnstonworth Old Boys in a 3-1 win on goals by Paul Roberts [pen.], Boris Kapelnik and Kevin Booth.
 
JOE CONNOLLY
Shamrock Legends goalie Joe Connolly [no relation to the aforementioned Metro One marksman] had a stint infield and scored in a 3-0 drubbing of Banatul SC at St. Michael’s.
 
Tyrone Kent and Ryan Thompson were also on target. 
 
DOUBLE DOSE
And at Herbert Lehman HS, Carlito Paredes’ double inspired Doxa FC to a 4-1 victory over Eintracht.
 
Breyner Zapato and Vitor Marinheiro also connected while Vinny Vasconcelos was the Eintracht scorer.From Jay Mwamba
Nov. 22, 2017
  
In a rare scenario anywhere in football, Pancyprian Freedoms beat New York Athletic Club twice in one day to pick up three league points and, later, qualify for the State final of the U.S. Amateur Cup.
 
This unique occurrence last weekend followed a loss of lights at the Verrazano Sports Complex four days earlier with Pancyprian and NYAC engaged in a penalty shoot-out in the U.S. Amateur state semis.
 
That encounter had ended 2-2 in regulation time, with NYAC’s Kevin O'Connell and Jamie Libby exchanging goals with the Greek-Cypriots’ Andreas Iosifidis and Andreas Chronis [pen.].
 
“We completed the first round of PKs with NYAC up 1-0. Our goalkeeper saved Pancyprian's first PK,” said NYAC coach Erik Bagwell. “At the start of the second round, the lights went out on the field and we were unable to finish the shoot-out.”
 
The two sides locked horns again in a CSL First Division fixture. Pancyprian nicked that 1-0 on Daniel Bedoya’s strike from Adam Himeno’s assist. The win moved them into third on the table [5-0-3, 18].
 
Given the choice of finishing off their U.S. Amateur Cup penalty shoot-out then or rescheduling it, both teams chose the former.
 
Three-time Cup winners, the Greek-Cypriots rode their luck to win 5-4 and advance to the State final, Nov. 28 at Aldephi University [TBA].
 
Andreas Chronis, Jeff Matteo, Alecko Eskandarian, Diogo Dos Santos Pereira and James Riley converted all five penalties for Pancyprian.  
 
Noah Kosoff, Nat Bekoe, Jimmy Lannon and Dane Kenny were the NYAC scorers.
 
“Unfortunately they made us retake the PKs from the beginning despite NYAC being up 1-0 on Wednesday night before the lights went off,” lamented Bagwell. “It's really a coin toss at that point.”
 
NYAC had defeated the LISFL’s NY Kosmos 3-1 to reach the semis, while Pancyprian knocked out Doxa FC 6-1.
 
FRICKER CUP
Two nights before Thanksgiving, Pancyprian engaged in another Hellenic tussle with CSL champs New York Greek Americans in the State semis of the Werner Fricker Cup at the Metropolitan Oval.  They lost 3-1 to a Tyler Botte hat trick.
 
Danny Elliott twice created for Botte while Adam Himeno had the Pancyprian goal.
 
It was the Hellenic titans’ second meeting this season, NYGA having lost 3-0 in a league match last month.
 
“GREEK WEEK”
Reserve champs NYAC ‘B’ had mixed fortunes against Hellenic opposition in their own two-game stand.
 
 Junior Spinks and Alex Meisel clawed NYAC out of a two-goal hole against the NYGA reserves in midweek only to succumb 3-2 after two ejections. 
 
NYAC made amends at the weekend, trouncing Pancyprian ‘B’ 7-0.
 
“Vicious winds, as everyone experienced, but we managed two goals playing into it the first half— the opener by Pete Lynch, a header off a corner [20th] and the second by Brian Kuritzky who drilled a left footer before the half ended,” reported Bill Saporito.
 
“Pancyprian were going to have a really difficult time playing against that wind in the second half and we didn't help them. Junior Spinks got two goals and Gabe Bagot three, including a fabulous volley,” Saporito added.
 
 SUPER BHOYS
U.S. amateur kings Lansdowne held off Junior Lone Star U23s 3-1 at Tibbetts Brook Park to qualify for the first round proper of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
 
Francois Navarro [40th] broke Lone Star’s resistance from a Lukas Zarges pass.
 
Daryl Kavanagh then connected twice in the second half. The first a brilliant individual effort from 25 yards and the second a flick-in to Andrew Sousa’s free kick.
 
Lone Star pulled one back during a scrappy final 15 minutes.
 
 “Another decent performance after a hard midweek league game [against the Shamrocks] and a limited squad,” said coach Austin Friel. “
 
Lansdowne had edged Jackson Brick Lions FC of New Jersey 2-1 and fellow CSL side Pancyprian Freedoms 4-3 on penalties in the U.S. Open preliminary qualifiers.
 
IRISH DERBY
Seventy-Two hours earlier, Lansdowne had downed the Shamrocks 3-1 at St. Michael’s Playground in the two sides’ first Irish derby of the season.
 
All three Lansdowne goals came in an opening half club president William McGrory described as “one for the ages.”
 
Captain Sean Kelly [free kick] and Mamadou Guriassy [two] scored. Giuseppe Barone got one back for the Rocks on resumption.
 
“Apart from a 10-minute spell in the second half we were clinical in every department,” said Friel. “We are starting to peak at the right time ahead of a few season-defining games.” 
 
The win moved the three-time CSL titlists [7-1, 22] two points clear at the top.
 
Later, at St. Michael’s, Lansdowne’s reserves completed an Irish derby double for the Yonkers club with their own 3-1 romp over Shamrocks ‘B’ that preserved their 100 percent record.
 
 Arten Baja [two] and Richard Chimoro scored for the first place Bhoys [8-0, 24].  Darren Coleman [pen.] had the Shamrock response.
 
CEDAR ACE
Fast, tall and lethal, Cedar Stars Academy’s Chris Katona lived up to his attributes with all the goals in the 6-0 destruction of Manhattan Kickers at Ramapo College.
 
The CSL Division top scorer [13] had five assists on the day from Sammy Gehman and one from Joaquin Aldabe.
 
“Chris has been on fire and deserves his third straight player of the week award,” said Cedar owner-coach Oliver Papraniku. “He set the CSL modern day record with two straight last week. The Kickers keeper made at least five wonder saves!”
 
The Cedar reserves lost 2-0 to Kickers ‘B,’ whose Ricardo and Alex Petrovic, an Over-30 regular, scored.
 
CHAMPS SPARKLE
Defending CSL titlists New York Greek Americans also hit Central Park Rangers Whites for six with no reply on Randalls Island.
 
Stephen Roche, Jimmy Nealis, Tyler Botte [two] Danny Elliott and Nino Alphonso tallied.
 
This after the NYGA reserves had won 3-2, thanks to Jonnikolas Goiochea, Anthony Castro and Meshack Addy.
 
Faissal Sanfo and Chris Gardner replied for CPR.
 
GREEN BRACE
At the Joseph F. Fosina Field, bottom two sides Doxa FC and Zum Schneider battled to a 2-2 tie.
 
Kyle Green’s brace earned Zum a crucial point, with his first strike pegging back Michael Corbi’s opener for Doxa.  Peter Dilorenzo was the other Doxa scorer.
 
“Peter hit the cross bar in the last second of the game, which would've given us the win. The referee blew the whistle two seconds later,” said Doxa’s Foti Bouklis.
 
Adrien Demelier scored for the Zum reserves in 1-0 win.
  
JERSEY CUP
A 7-1 shellacking of Benfica Sports Academy at Harvey Field in Kearny put the CSL’s Hoboken FC, five-time trophy winners, in the quarterfinals of the New Jersey State Cup.
 
Benfica showed fight in the first half, canceling out James Reed’s [2nd] early strike in the 43rd minute.  However, Danny Fernandez struck twice within a three minute spell on either side of the half [44th, 47th] to restore Hoboken’s edge.
 
Goals by Tom Hogue [55th], Alex Megna’s first for the club [70th] Reed [75th] and Mitch Hoffert [76th] saw off Benfica.
 
SECOND DIVISION
 
SAMBA STYLE
Another strong finished powered rookie side KidSuper Samba to a 4-2 victory over   Brishna and to within a point of Division Two North leaders Malatyaspor who did not play.
 
Brishna scored first but were reeled back by Alhoussain Bah’s goal off a Yankuba Janneh pass. After the interval, Janneh canceled out Brishna’s second strike, from Ebrima Jallow’s assist, before KidSuper went off on the visitors at the Baker Athletics Complex.
 
 Janneh and Bah connected again -- with Nezaj and Ebrima Jallow doing the handiwork -- to up the newcomers’ record to 5-3 [15] on the log.
 
RED-HOT
CPR Reds’ third straight win saw them rise into joint second in the North with KidSuper Samba, on the back of a 6-3 drubbing of Bronx Supreme at Bushwick Inlet.
 
 Blake Berg, Andrew Fisher, Donal O’Cofaigh [two], Mike Lindley and Christian Nieto were on target.
 
The Reds’ second unit was more rampant in a 7-1 thrashing in the curtain raiser. Mike Cuzzi [two], Ahmed Mahbouli [two], Trip Burke, Felipe Copete and David Gaultier tallied.
 
CELTS CLIPPED
In mid-table, Scott Penco was the Manhattan Celtic scorer in a 2-1 loss to NYPD whose Demetre Vernon had a brace.
 
NYPD’s reserves triumphed by the same score line with Francesco Allevato and Huseyin Kahveci the marksmen and Omar Amari on target for Celtic ‘B.’
 
SPRING HARVEST
FC Spring Harvest came away from Soundview Park with a 7-0 victory over Sporting Astoria.
 
Carlos Javier, Cristian Hernandez [three], Byron Cruz, Yonathan Orozco and Omar Aragon scored.  
 
Greg Nelson had a hat trick in the Spring reserves’ 4-1 triumph. Kevin Escalante had the other goal and Samuel Oladipupo had Astoria’s lone response.
 
POLES CLIMB
With Div. Two South leaders Hoboken running rampant in the New Jersey State Cup, second place Polonia Gwardia [5-2-1, 17] went for broke against Panatha USA, winning 5-0 to close the gap at the top to two points.
 
The Polonia reserves prevailed 5-1.
 
FIVE STAL
A further two points behind in third place is Stal Mielec, who blanked Beyond FC 5-0 at McCarren Park.
 
 Bartek Dziuban [two], Slawek Dziuban, Jacek Lawniczak and Pawel Marczenia scripted the result.
 
Marcin Chlost, Mateusz Chlost and Jacek Korba steered the Stal seconds to a 3-1 win.
 
WINDY TIE
New York Ukrainians blew a two-goal half time lead in a 3-3 tie with Williamsburg International at a windy and cold McCarren Park.
 
It was 2-0 at the interval on strikes by Gamil Yahya and Aziz Aljadany.  But a Williamsburg fight back would erase the Ukrainian lead. 
 
Mark Gallagher, Kevin Ruppel and Chris Blivin starred in the Williamsburg comeback with Jesse Alexander the other Ukrainians scorer.
 
The opener finished 1-1 with Kareem Roberts notching a last minute equalizer for Ukrainians after Danny Rivas had given the visitors the lead.
 
 METRO ONE
GOTTSCHEE HEROICS
Nine-man BW Gottschee overcame the odds in their derby match with Ridgewood Romac, erasing a three-goal deficit in the last half hour to nick a 5-4 decision.
 
The Blue and White hit turbulence while up 1-0 on Greg Davis’ goal set up by Christian Paredes.
 
“[We] went down to nine players on two red cards and found ourselves trailing 4-1 with 30 minutes to play,” said Gottschee manager John Ryding.
 
Ridgewood scored four goals in succession through Dani Anton, Ayhan Bekdemir and Emre Tetik [two].
 
 “Then something magical happened,” noted Ryding.
 
Quick goals by Joel Morales and Davis cut the deficit to 4-3. Then captain Dion Amvrosiatos equalized, leaving Davis to complete his hat trick and an improbable comeback with nine minutes remaining.
 
“It was then a question of Gottschee keeping their nerves and they held onto the win thanks to goalkeeper Zioulis Pantelis making a brilliant save,” said Ryding. “The lads never gave up and the nine on the field were outstanding but I hope we never have to play 1-3-4-1 again!"
 
ROCKED
Shamrocks 1960 thrashed Deportivo Sociedade 5-2 at St. Michael’s to record a second win of the season.
 
Dan Meola [two], Joe Connolly, Kevin Curran and Shawn Duda connected, albeit the Rocks remain bottom of the table in Metro One [2-7, 6] on goal difference.
 
On Randalls Island, lowly NYC Metro Stars had goals from new signing Ivan Reyes [15th], Mamadoe Diombera [67th] and Guisseppe Romero [78th] in a 4-3 loss to Lansdowne.
 
“Difficult times for us; another loss,” moaned boss Edison Calle.
 
LIM GOAL
Mike Lim scored for Gotham Argo in a 1-1 tie with the Metro Div. One’s third place side NYFC Iliria at Pier 40.
 
 Eric "Gonzo" Goncalves had the assist.  Olti Vela was the Iliria scorer.
 
METRO TWO
Long time strugglers in the division, Homenetmen edged Grenadier Zenith 3-2 at Kaiser Park to join Missile [who didn’t play] on 17 points in second place in the North.
 
Miran Kerrigan [two] and Vardan Tigranyan had the Armenians 3-0 up at one point before Rollin Andre and Jhonny Sinvil got two back for the hosts.
 
“Tough loss on our part,” remarked Grenadier manager Jack Felix. “We played against the wind and could not execute while they did. They were up 3-0 by the end of the first half.
 
“We battled back to [get] two goals back. The ref disallowed the third goal which was clearly a defensive lapse. We will bounce back to form.”
 
North frontrunners Inter New York SA knocked off New York United 7-1 on Randalls Island.
 
TURKEY SHOOT
Kelmendi stayed on Homenetmen’s heels – a point behind in fourth place – with an 11-0 blowout of Deportivo Sociedade on Staten Island.
 
Three men did all the scoring.  Ylli Sufaj and Valdrin Lekocaj each struck four times while Ellis Hasalla had a hat trick.
 
BIG MOLA
Resurgent Mola SC claimed a share of the Metro South leadership with a 3-2 win over Brooklyn Bound at the Verrazano Sports Complex.
 
Player-coach Gianluca Palanca, Alhamisi Burhan and Pablo Martinez connected to lift Mola onto the 21- point mark, equal with Sons of Queens who lost  5-1 to Richmond County.
 
 JUAN TREY
 Fabled side SC Eintracht’s good form continued in Metro Two with a 5-1 spanking of Beyond FC at Prospect Park Parade Grounds.
 
 Juan Zaiter hit a hat trick and was joined on the score sheet by Patricio Guaiqui and Chimwemwe Matupa.
 
 GATEWAY
 Elsewhere in Metro Two action, Edison Nurcellari and Marco Thiemm Kaiser crafted Gateway FC’s 2-0 decision over Barnstonworth Rovers at Bush Terminal Piers.
 
 OVER-30
Marko Loncar’s double kept East leaders Manhattan Kickers Premier unbeaten with a 2-0 decision over Manhattan Celtic Bhoys at Pier 40.
 
Ardian Hasko had one assist for the 8-0-1 [25] Kickers who are five points clear of second place Shamrocks.
 
 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Shamrocks dropped points in a grueling 3-3 tie with Pancyprian Freedoms at St. Michael’s on Monday might.
 
Paddy McCarry’s lads twice came from behind, thanks to Sean Riley [two] and the prolific Johnny McGeeney.
 
Taso Polydefkis, Pete Halkidis and Stelio Andreou were the Pancyprian hitmen.
 
CPR DERBY
Brandon Levy and Seb Sobczak both scored twice as CPR Old Boys pasted CPR Grays 4-1 on Randalls Island.
 
 Megas Alexandros and Hoboken FC were the other Over-30 winners at the weekend. The latter were awarded a forfeit over CPR Orange while the former pipped Celtic Legends 2-1.
 
OVER-38
EDDIE GOAL 
Player-coach Eddie Yee Woo Guo nodded in a corner [70th] in Manhattan Kickers Legends’ 2-1 win over CPR Legends on Randalls.
 
Charles Bradley had earlier leveled for CPR [40th] after Jonathan Dee’s 10th minute strike.
 
“With the wind on our backs in the second half, we kept up a steady pressure, hitting the post three times and forcing five corners, one of which came to my head to nod in for the winner,” said Guo. “A nice goal and I think deserved win.”
 
Kickers [6-3, 18] lead the West by five points over SC Gjoa who lost 3-0 to America FC.
 
GONG TIME
East pace-setters Cozmoz had a goal and an assist from Jason Julian “Gong” Jordan in a 2-2 draw with Barnstonworth Veterans.
 
His own goal was set up by Nedgy Nazon after which Gong assisted on Duane Pena’s effort.
 
MASTERS PREVAIL
Celtic Masters had less difficulty with Barnstonworth Old Boys in a 3-1 win on goals by Paul Roberts [pen.], Boris Kapelnik and Kevin Booth.
 
JOE CONNOLLY
Shamrock Legends goalie Joe Connolly [no relation to the aforementioned Metro One marksman] had a stint infield and scored in a 3-0 drubbing of Banatul SC at St. Michael’s.
 
Tyrone Kent and Ryan Thompson were also on target. 
 
DOUBLE DOSE
And at Herbert Lehman HS, Carlito Paredes’ double inspired Doxa FC to a 4-1 victory over Eintracht.
 
Breyner Zapato and Vitor Marinheiro also connected while Vinny Vasconcelos was the Eintracht scorer.

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