From Jay Mwamba
May 17, 2018
Lansdowne Bhoys crashed out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the second round on Wednesday night, succumbing 3-0 to USL pro side North Carolina FC at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The U.S. amateur champs conceded some “soft goals,” according to club president William McGrory. “And [Carolina] played their full team so tough task.”
Connor Tobin [2nd], Marios Lomis [44th] and Bernhard Luxbacher [74th] scored for the home side.
Lansdowne advanced to the second round of America’s version of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Brooklyn Knights. They’d defeated three clubs last fall in the preliminaries to qualify for the U.S. Open first round proper: Jackson Brick Lions FC of New Jersey [2-1], fellow CSL side Pancyprian Freedoms [4-3 pen.] and Junior Lone Stars of Philadelphia [3-1].
Two years ago, the Austin Friel-coached Bhoys reached the third round of the U.S. Open, defeating two professional teams along the way. Last season, in addition to being crowned U.S. amateur champions, the Bhoys lifted the USASA Werner Fricker Cup and five other regional and local trophies.
Four days before the Carolina loss, Lansdowne had downed the Shamrocks 3-1 at Tibbetts Brook Park in their penultimate CSL regular season game to keep their hopes of a seventh straight division [regular season] title alive.
The win over the Rocks moved Lansdowne [13-2-2, 41] within a point of CSL First Division leaders Cedar Stars Academy who drew 1-1 with New York Greek Americans.
The result also earned Lansdowne the Irish Consulate Cup for the fourth year running.
Janis Lobe and Mamadou Guirassy – with two late goals -- were the Lansdowne scorers. Shamrocks’ Kurt Cameron canceled out Lobe’s opener in the first half.
Playing with 10-men, the Rocks’ second unit came from two down to tie Lansdowne ‘B’ 2-2 in the opener at Tibbetts. With the point, Lansdowne [12-3-2, 39] clinched the division crown ahead of the Shamrocks [10-3-4, 33].
Arten Baja and Mike Fernandez scored for the hosts, Mick McGreevey and Darren Coleman for the visitors.
Chris Katona nodded in a Joaquin Aldabe corner to snatch Cedar a 1-1 tie with Greek Americans.
Dan Massey had scored in the third minute for NYGA, who broke Cedars’ eight-game winning streak.
Josue Ortiz, Leutrim Saiti. Daniel Barry and Rubin Diaz tallied for Cedar reserves in a 4-2 victory.
Third place Pancyprian silenced Zum Schneider 4-0 on Randalls Island. Andreas Chronis [pen.], Adam Himeno and Charlie Ledula [two] produced the win.
Zum’s reserves prevailed 6-1.
A goal in each half on Travers Island saw seven-time CSL titlists NYAC end a nine-match winless streak at Manhattan Kickers’ expense.
“Carlo Zanetti scored in the 30th minute on a volley from just outside the 18 yard box and Jason Lampkin scored in the 85th minute on a turnover by the Kickers' keeper,” coach Erik Bagwell reported after the 2-0 result.
NYAC picked up full points for the first time since beating Doxa FC 3-2 last October.
NYAC’s seconds had their way with the Kickers reserves in 6-2 rout.
“We got an opener from a Captain Pete Lynch, steering in Brian Kuritzky’s perfectly weighted ball at the back post 10 minutes in,” said Bill Saporito.
“Chris Sutherland got the second off a feed by Andre Wilkinson a few minutes later, then Ryan O’Donnell slid one under the keeper.
“Wilkinson got the fourth before the half. Pete Ceesay got our fifth and wanna be striker Jimmy Peters, the right back, got the sixth. Three precious points in a tight playoff race,” summed up Saporito.
Almir Hot kept his sizzling scoring form going with both Kicker goals.
CPR’s second shot the lights out again for the second week running, thrashing the Doxa reserves 9-0 at Joseph Fosina Field.
Lulu Binabbas accounted for five goals, Faissal Sanfo two and both Baba Anne and Fabricio Lima one apiece.
Binabbas & gang followed up the 9-0 shellacking of Pancyprian ‘B’ seven days earlier.
In the main event, CPR came from two down to tie 3-3.
Nick VonEgypt, George Najim and Fernando Cortez connected for Doxa.
A Doxa own goal, Gabi de Foresta’s half volley and Anthony Rozmus’s diving header salvaged a point for Eli Vovsha’s charges.
Ahead of their putative South title decider this weekend, Hoboken FC slipped two points behind new leaders Polonia Gwardia after a 3-3 draw with Williamsburg International at Laurel Hill Park.
In a seesaw affair, Zach Kraft drew first blood for the Jersey club two minutes in. However, Yann Micuta [58th] and Mark Gallagher [63rd] flipped the script.
Then came Hoboken’s Jeremy Witherspoon to the rescue with two equalizers [70th, 86th] – the last canceling out Rob Markwell’s potential winner [79th].
“With the draw against Hoboken we’ve earned a positive result against every team in our division,” observed Williamsburg’s Charles von Rosenberg.
Hoboken’s Gleb Mironenko [10th] netted the only goal of the reserve encounter.
Polonia, who host Hoboken 12 p.m. this decider in both teams’ regular season finale, blanked Panatha 3-0.
The Polish reserves won 4-2.
Abdoulaye Diallo scored a hat trick in both games for KidSuper Samba, whose first team closed to within a two points of Div. II North leaders FC Spring Valley after a 11-1 thrashing of Sporting Astoria at Baker Athletics Complex. He had three assists as well in the second match.
Ebrima Jallow and Alejandro Fernandez also hit hat tricks for the Samba firsts with Alhoussain Bah and Chris Peralta the other scorers.
Jairo Eligió got Sporting’s consolation goal.
Joining Diallo on the score sheet in the reserve tussle won 6-2 by the Samba boys were Caetano Sanchez, Mana Ali and Ramchwy St. Vil.
José Alcalá netted both Astoria goals.
Khadin Nbiaye and Rafi Mashriqi scored for Brishna in a 3-2 defeat to CPR Reds.
The Reds second unit won 5-1.
In a strong run after their early season woes, New York Ukrainians edged CD Iberia 1-0 to make it three wins on the trot.
Adam Maliniak scored.
John Woods was the Ukrainian scorer in the 1-1 reserve tie.
Elsewhere in the second tier, Naoki Shimada [two] and Ryo Koiso connected in FC Japan’s 3-3 tie with Beyond FC.
The opener ended 2-2 with Shinobu Ninomiya Japan’s two-goal hero.
Joel Morales and the returning Greg Davis [two] were the BW Gottschee heroes in a 3-1 triumph over Shamrocks 1960 that put the Blue and Whites on the cusp of promotion to the Second Division.
Davis, in his first game back from an ankle injury, earned Man of the Match honors for his brace and an assist.
“Gottschee improved to 32 points on the season [10 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses] leaving Ridgewood Romac as the only team that can deny them promotion for the second consecutive season,” noted coach John Ryding. “No doubt about it that Greg Davis was man of the match with two goals and an assist. It took a little while to knock the rust off his boots but he came through when it counted.”
FC Ulqini beat Ridgewood 6-1 to stay 13 points ahead of Gottschee atop Metro One. Emre Tetik scored for Ridgewood.
At Tibbetts Brook Park, Damien Mescall’s strike was the difference in the Lansdowne thirds’ 1-0 decision over Gotham Argo.
Mescall & Co. [9-1-7, 28] moved up to joint third in Metro Div. One.
A victory three years in the making secured Flushing FC Metro Div. II North title at the expense of Kelmendi.
Flushing defeated the rookie side 2-1 on Randalls Island thanks to James Gerbier [30th]and Edyson Salnave [35th]. Gerbier scored his 13th goal in 14 games following a sumptuous move involving captain and center back Nick Kaloudis and Fred Guillou.
Gerbier later assisted on Salnave’s strike, his eighth in 11 appearances.
Kelmendi fought back forcing outstanding saves from goalkeeper Simeon Trigeuno, including a point-blank effort and another shot tipped over the bar.
“Defensive veterans Ed Krupski and Santiago Quinde, joined by youngsters Kevin Silva and Ryan Ronslowski, produced a variety of slide tackles, clearings, and headers to shut down the highly offensive Kelmendi,” said Flushing manager Ryan Wiedman.
The prolific Glorian Hoxha eventually converted a late penalty for Kelmendi.
Flushing moved four points clear of second place Kelmendi with only one game remaining, ensuring the Queens side the North title.
"It took all 17 players on the day’s roster to win,” said Wiedman. “It was a massive team victory and I am proud of them.”
The Metro II South title race will be decided on the final day of the season this weekend after Barnstonworth Rovers and Mola both won in contrasting fashion to remain in a dead heat atop the table [both are 13-1-3 on 40 points with a plus 32 goal difference].
While Rovers had a forfeit win over Gateway FC, Mola pulled off another mauling, 6-0 this time against Brooklyn Bound at the Verrazano Sports Complex.
Rocco Badalamenti, William Novini, Cavalla, Alamisi Burhan [two] and Kevin Brown scored
In their respective season finales on Sunday, Mola sign off against modest FC Partizani, who are second from the bottom, while Rovers have a more difficult task against third place Richmond County. Richmond hammered Sons of Queens 8-0 on Staten Island last Sunday and could win the South on goal differential if they beat Rovers and Mola also lose.
Missile FC’s Jo Valentin banged in all the goals in a 4-3 thriller over Beyond FC at St. Thomas Aquinas College.
Rodney Lozier, Mehdi Rafai and Ali Reza replied for Beyond.
Hassan Redzic also had four goals in Metro II, starring in SC Eintracht’s 9-2 annihilation of Deportivo Sociedade on Staten.
Juan Zaiter chipped in with a hat trick, while Alex and Gregg had a goal apiece.
Manhattan Kickers Premier battled to a goalless draw on Randalls Island against archrivals Shamrocks to win the East division title.
“The Kickers’ best chance came in the 80th minute when Ardian Hasko squared the ball just inside the penalty area to Khouri Mullings for a one touch strike to the corner but the Shamrocks goalie anticipated well and got down for the save,” Mike Fitzgerald.
Kickers’ manager-goalie himself, Fitzgerald would deny Shamrocks five minutes later. Blocking a point-blank shot and smothering the follow up volley.
Kickers end the season with an unassailable 41 points [13-2-1].
“It was a very tight game,” said Shamrocks coach Paddy McCarry. “We had a great chance to score in first, they had one in the second half. We’re now off to the semi-finals, hoping to lift the [CSL] title. We’re happy with another clean sheet [ahead] of our last regular season game.”
Sam Bowman [three], Jon Tanios [two], Simon Kearney and Shaun Moamem tallied in Manhattan Celtic Legends’ 7-0 romp over an understrength Pancyprian Freedoms side at Pier 5.