From Jay Mwamba
March 27, 2019
His side might be modestly anchored in mid-table in Metro One East, but two weeks into the spring half of the season, Mola SC’s Alamisi Burhan is the hottest player in the CSL. A four-goal outburst in a 5-1 trouncing of FC Ulqini at New Utrecht HS last Sunday brought the forward’s two-match tally to seven this March.
Burhan had hit a hat trick in another 5-1 romp, over Gotham Argo then, seven days earlier.
Player-coach Sal Ingravallo, on the mark against Gotham, too, got the other goal versus Ulqini. Mola [6-5, 18] are fourth on the six-team Metro One East log.
New York Greek Americans’ Mario Gagliano also banged in four goals against Richmond County, but it was in vain as the Greeks succumbed 7-5 to the East leaders at Corporal Thompson Park.
Two of Gagliano’s strikes were from the spot, with Andrea Michael accounting for the other goal.
Richmond’s Marcin Fijalkiewicz, Evan Kostylev [two], Gariece McPherson [two], Philip Szumanski and Peter Zima tallied.
Goals by Ergi Janku, Olti Vela and Daniel Hasaj in that order lifted NYFC Illiria from one down at Tibbetts Brook Park to triumph 3-2 over Lansdowne Yonkers. The result kept Illiria [8-3, 24] within two points of Richmond County.
Niels Kirch and Liam Butler scored for Lansdowne.
Third place Mr. Dennehy’s [7-4, 21] blanked Flushing 2-0, courtesy of Anatoly Taranenko's brace.
At Flushing Meadow Park, NY Ittihad knocked off Ridgewood Romac 3-0. Edris Yonis, Daoud Noori and Abdullah Mayan connected.
North joint leaders Missile FC twice trailed NYC Metro Stars before coming good 3-2 on Randalls Island.
Brandy Cineas and Jean Rodriguez Coby took turns canceling out strikes by Stars’ Ivan Reyes and Mamadou Diombera. That set the stage for Jeffrey Desamours to notch the winner.
Missile share first place on 26 points with SC Eintracht. The latter shutout FC Partizani 3-0 on Jovan Gracia’s hat trick.
Laberia FC gave it fight for 45 minutes against Santa Fe before crashing 3-1 on Randalls Island.
It was 1-all at the interval after Anis Kolic’s spot kick [30th] had pegged back Francisco Curipan’s opener for Santa Fe [15th]. Laberia captain Alban Dizdari won the penalty.
On resumption, Alex Ramirez fired Santa Fe ahead [50th], leaving Erik Morales to killit off moments later.
Laberia later conceded that although they missed a few chances to score, Santa Fe, overall, deserved the win.
In Metro Two South, undefeated leaders FC Sandzak beat Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans 3-0 to stay seven points clear of Shamrocks 1960. The Rocks [8-2, 24] pipped Brooklyn Bound 4-3.
Sons of Queens thrashed NY Irish 5-0 while NYC Afghanistan hit NY Galicia for three without conceding a goal.
Beyond FC Metro were the winners in the South. Rodney Lozier and Simon Czaplinski [two] starred in a 3-2 decision over Brooklyn North on Randalls Island.
A week after a 7-1 shellacking by Between Rivers, Manhattan Kickers Premier bounced back to trounce CPR Orange 10-2 on Randalls.
“And it could have been more,” said player-manager Mike Fitzgerald. “We did all the right things but it started in center midfield with a player that defended and prevented the opposition from doing what they wanted.”
MVP Nick Bill had two goals and three assistants. Seamus Kelly chipped in with a brace and two assistants. Ardian Hasko led all scorers with a hat trick and two assists, while Evan Madden-Peister, Marko Loncar and Abi added a goal apiece.
Ghaith Humaimidi and Joji Tokida got CPR’s consolation goals.
Over-30 West frontrunners, Between Rivers FC maintained their high scoring ways, drubbing Pancyprian Freedoms 7-2 at Flushing Fields.
Leonardo Buttitta, who earned honorable mention and MVP Pavlo Kolonifa both reeled in hat tricks. Iurie Gajev was the other scorer while Andriy Voytkiv set up three goals.
The prolific Taso and Mauricio Turizo replied for Pancyprian.
With second place CPR Old Boys slipping 2-1 to Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, Between Rivers [10-0-1, 31] extended their lead to 14 points.
Adam Darter and Seth Chernin connected for Celtic Bhoys at Flushing Meadow Park. Lulu was the CPR marksman.
In the East, Greek Americans were the biggest beneficiaries of Pancyprian’s defeat to Rivers. A 7-3 romp over another Greek side, Megas Alexandros, saw NYGA join Pancyprian atop the East on 26 points.
Three points behind the two Hellenic sides, the Shamrocks thrashed Hoboken 1912 at Laurel Hill Park 4-1, thanks to Johnny McGeeney [two] and Sean Riley [two].
The division’s top-of-the-table clash ended in a dramatic 3-2 victory for first place Manhattan Kickers Legends over Cozmoz FC on Randalls Island. Legends [10-1, 30] opened up a six-point lead.
Nedgy Nazon and Duane Pena had Cozmoz cruising before the game turned.
“A tactical and mental switch at the half gave us the come back through a corner melee volley by Ari Dolegowski, and an equalizing penalty by Wale Bakare,” reported coach Eddie Yee Woo Guo.
“Joe Whiteman topped the night for us by playing the whistle and rounding the stranded Cozmoz keeper. Happy to be six clear but the way the league is structured, we know we’ll be meeting them at least twice more!”
America FC hammered Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans 6-1 with a newcomer earning kudos.
“Impressive start for new acquisition Ricardo Coutinho with three goals,” manager Darwin Zuniga hailed his new hero.
Edson “Pele” Rodriguez struck twice and John Lopez once.
Also in Over-39 play, Vinny Vasconcelos and veteran Bundy Doczy scored for Eintracht in a 3-2 loss to Banatul.