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By Jay Mwamba

From Jay Mwamba
Nov. 14, 2017
  
 
Seven-time winners Pancyprian Freedoms ran riot at Icahn Stadium, routing the LISFL’s Real NYFC 7-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Manning Cup.
 
The Greek-Cypriots were joined in the last four by Central Park Rangers, last season’s Flamhaft Cup champions in the second tier, who edged Manhattan Kickers 2-1 at Icahn.
 
Manning Cup holders Lansdowne Bhoys and Shamrocks -- the team they beat 3-0 in the last final – both advanced to the quarterfinals to complete the CSL challenge for the State competition.
 
SUPER HIMENO
Adam Himeno had a hat trick against Real NYFC as Pancyprian stayed on course for their first Manning trophy since 2012.
 
Ryan Schniederman, Daniel Bedoya, Luis Esteves and Simon Tchoukriel also tallied for Pancyprian, who await the Shamrocks-New York Greek Americans winner in the last four.
 
REPEAT
Seven days after blanking Manhattan Kickers 2-0 in the league, CPR topped their fellow promotion side again to book a Manning Cup semi-final date with the Lansdowne-PDB Irish Rovers winner.
 
Jacob Joseph connected 28 minutes in after a one-two with Akeem Brooks. Akeem then extended the lead minutes later following a solo run through the Kicker defense.
 
Toric Robinson raised hopes of a Kicker fight back with a goal before the interval, but like they’d done the previous week, CPR were able to fend off everything the visitors threw at them.
 
CPR’s Eli Vovsha bossed the midfielder and later remarked, rather modestly: “Bold decision by the coach to start me. I had to reward his trust.”
 
STAYING ALIVE
Like CPR, Lansdowne Bhoys faced a team they’d encountered in the league a week earlier.
 
Austin Friel’s lads had held off New York Athletic Club 3-2 then after taking a 3-0 lead. But in the Cup, the holders had to claw back late from a goal down on Travers Island to prevail 2-1.
 
 Kevin Meyer’s glancing header gave NYAC a first half lead.
 
“A stunned Lansdowne struggled for the next few minutes and let NYAC in again for a similar header, and only a wonder save by keeper Kabo kept it at 1-0,” said Bhoys’ president William McGrory.
 
His side started working its way back in the game with Michael Holzer, Lukas Zarges and Andrew Sousa taking control of midfield.  
 
Second half substitutes Bret Nason and Dave Nigro were instrumental in the Bhoy’s comeback.  At 75 minutes, Nason won a ball in midfield, igniting a move that ended with Purcell crossing for Nigro to level. 
 
“The Bhoys started to control the game and both Ovan Oakley and Daryl Kavanagh had good looks before good midfield play by Holzer and Nason led to Kavanagh flicking to Zarges. He slotted home from 10 yards in the 80th minute,” reported McGrory.
 
NYAC rallied in search of an equalizer, albeit in vain as Lansdowne introduced fresh legs in Francois Navarro and Franklin Castellanos.
 
“Not a classic performance by the Bhoys, but again, they showed their ‘never say die’ attitude and high work rate when the football isn't flowing,” remarked McGrory.
 
Said NYAC coach Erik Bagwell: “We were up for 75 minutes and gave up a goal on a defensive error, and then again in the last 10 minutes. We have no one to blame but ourselves.”
 
ROCKFALL
It rained goals at St. Michael’s Playground, where the Shamrocks smashed Long Island’s Glen Cove 7-0 to storm into the last eight.
 
It was 3-0 at half time with Serigne Kaisse, Alejandro Fritz and Calvin Moyes on target.
 
Unfortunately, Fritz, a left winger, would break a wrist and leave the fray.
 
Lert Theuma, Kurt Cameron [two] and Kwesi Mills-Odoi finished off Glen Cove.
 
D’ARPINO CUP
The Lansdowne reserves’ pursuit of a fourth consecutive D’Arpino Cup continues in the quarterfinals against Pancyprian ‘B.’ The latter were forfeit winners over Malatyaspor in the competition for the reserve teams of first and second division clubs.
 
Lansdowne had pipped Cedar Stars 3-2 in the Round of 16 last month.
 
Losing finalists last season, NYAC decisioned CD Iberia 2-0 at McCarren Park to secure a last eight tussle with NYPD FC.
 
“Junior Spinks chipped their keeper from 40 yards in the last seconds of the first half. Cheeky,” quipped NYAC boss Bill Saporito. “Then Gabe Bagot connected from 18 yards, 38 seconds into the second half. For the other 88 minutes, CD Iberia made us look ordinary.”
 
“Tough loss for the team, but great to have competed against a First Division team,” remarked Iberia’s Carlos “Chiki” Vázquez, after his reserves’ first defeat in five games. “Good luck to NYAC and the rest of the teams still in the cup!”
 
RESERVE FORCE
Steven Torres [85th] struck a late winner for NYPD ‘B’ in a 2-1 win over Williamsburg International at Flushing Meadow.
 
Williamsburg’s Chris Jee had canceled out Mike Renzulli’s goal, leaving the cup tie open for the taking.
 
“We put NYPD on the back foot with a very strong second half and had at least three clear cut chances to go ahead,” noted Williamsburg’s Charles von Rosenberg. “Classic Cup karma, after we failed to capitalize on our opportunities, NYPD caught us on the break with five minutes left to avoid PKs.”
 
TRIPLE THREAT
Also in the D’Arpino Cup, Trip Burke, Dan Flanary and Robin Neri connected in CPR Reds’ 3-1 Round of 16 romp over Polonia Gwardia at McCarren Park.
 
The Reds clash with NYGA’s second XI in the quarterfinals following the Greeks’ 2-1 defeat of Zum Schneider at the Met Oval.
 
 FLAMHAFT CUP
New York Ukrainians blanked NY West Indies United 3-0 on the road to secure a quarterfinal berth in the State competition for first teams in the second tier.
 
Lukasz Prawdzik [two] and Andres Munos stamped Ukrainians’ ticket to the last eight against either LISFL opposition Hicksville or El Salvador.
 
SPORTING SUCCESS
A late burst propelled Sporting Astoria past Port Jeff Fusion 5-2 after the CSL side trailed 2-1 at half time.
 
Damian Paz converted an early Astoria penalty won by Francisco Pantoja but two unanswered goals by their Long Island hosts threatened to derail the visitors.
 
“We had possession and put together some good opportunities but like our current trend, we just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net,” said manager Ed Romero.
 
Paz hit the woodwork and Jose Alcala’s close range volley from an Elroy “Robinho” Benedith cross was blocked.
 
However, Astoria’s persistence eventually paid off when Benedith leveled from an Alcala pass [75th].
 
 “We had so many opportunities up to this point but failed to capitalize. It seemed this game was going to go the way most of our games have been going,” conceded Romero. “But I was wrong and after the equalizer the flood gates opened.”
 
Paz and Jose Alcala were involved in the ensuing goals.  The former struck from outside the 18-yard box, and then created for number four for Alcala. Jose then intercepted a pass from a defender who proceeded to concede an own goal.
 
“Good result,” summed up Romero. “Hoping this win carries on to the league.”
 
Astoria engage Olympiacos NY next in a delayed Flamhaft Cup Round of 32 fixture.
 
PK EPIC
Williamsburg International, meanwhile, are on a collision course with the Astoria-Olympiacos winner following a 7-6 penalty victory over Oceanside United in the Round of 32.  
 
“After a hard fought 0-0 draw, we prevailed in an epic penalty shootout,” said von Rosenberg.
 
RED BLITZ
CPR Reds blew out Floral Park 6-0 at McCarren Park to charge into the Flamhaft quarterfinals against either NYPD or Polonia.
 
Mike Lindley, Timur Mone, Blake Berg, Stephan, Declan Heffernan and Dustin Cherry tallied.
 
NYPD’s ‘A,’ for their part, decisioned FC Spring Valley 2-1 at Flushing Meadow on goals by Diego Martinez and Pat O’Callaghan.  
 
Osman Felipe had Spring Valley’s lone response.
 
CELT STAMPEDE
Still in the hunt as well, Manhattan Celtic blanked Panatha USA 4-0 at Bushwick Inlet to move into the Round of 16 against the Port Jeff-Malatayaspor victor.
 
 Jamie Reilly [two], Jamie Tyrell and Adrian Garcia scored for the Celts.
 
STRUMPF CUP
Ridgewood Romac had six different scorers in a 6-1 drubbing of Homenetmen that put them in the Strumpf Cup quarterfinals.Veteran Dani Anton [pen.], Catalin Ionita, Emre Tetik, Dani Ceabuca, Paul Duca and Esneider Velez set up a showdown with the Mola-FC Ulqini survivor.
 
Ulqini beat Gateway FC 2-1 on strikes by Gledis Nuza and Sedat Musovski.
 
 PK MASTERS
Practice makes perfect, BW Gottschee proved in a nervy 4-2 penalty win over Richmond County on Randalls Island that left the latter predictably gutted.

“Penalties are a cruel way to exit a cup but we practiced them Thursday night and it clearly paid off," revealed Gottschee’s John Ryding after his side had blown a two-goal lead with 25 minutes left.

Greg Davis had Gottschee ahead at the interval, thanks to skipper Dion “Coco” Amvrosiatos. Rich Heredia then nodded in a Brandon Silva throw-in on resumption.
It took a little more than an hour for Richmond to stir, Luis Kaba netting the first of his brace. He scored again to force penalties where Gottschee’s preparations paid off.

Gottschee goalie and Man of the Match Peter Diabona saved two penalties while Davis, Joel Morales, Francisco 'Paco' Osorio and Amvrosiatos converted their attempts to seal a 4-2 win.

Said Ryding: “At 2-0 up we should never have let them back in the game. But full credit to Richmond to get back on terms.”

“Tough loss,” lamented Richmond’s Halid Brkanovic.
Gottschee meet fellow Metro side Shamrocks 1960 in the Round of 16.

ILIRIA RAMPAGE
Ergi Janku, NYFC Iliria’s dependable marksman, was on target in a 6-1 goal-fest against NYC Afghanistan at College Point.
Armando Vacaj, Endri Bllaca, Mirjon Ganev, Olti Vela and Elton Mone accounted for the other goals that put Iliria in a Round of 16 faceoff with Dana Dimon’s Gotham Argo.

AWE INSPIRING
Winless and bottom of the table in Metro Two South, AO Brooklyn turned it on again in the Strumpf Cup to reach the quarterfinals.  They beat Kelmendi 4-2 on penalties at Abraham Lincoln HS after a 2-2 tie in regulation time.
Valdrin Lekocaj notched both Kelmendi goals and a penalty in the shoot-out.
  
 “This was one of those nights when you cannot score,” moaned Kelmendi top scorer Naim Kurtovic. “We hit the post twice. Luck was on their side.”
Brooklyn, who dispatched SC Eintract 4-1 in the Round of 32, clash with the LISFL’s Guyana Jaguars Juniors in the last eight.
DENNEHY’S DENIED
Jaguars defeated Mr. Dennehy’s in a nine-goal thriller on Long Island.  Anatoliy Taranenko [two], Andres Sole and Dave Sandifer connected for the CSL envoys in the 5-4 loss.
 
MARTH CUP
Third time proved a charm in dramatic style for the New York Greek Americans Over-30s in their Hellenic rivalry with Pancyprian Freedoms this season.
Following back-to-back losses to Pancyprian in recent weeks, NYGA edged the Greek-Cypriots 2-1 in the Marth Cup Round of 32 at the Met Oval on Enzo Congliaro’s 90th minute winner.

Jimmy Shalom had earlier canceled out Chris Zisimatos’ go-ahead goal for Pancyprian.

Three weeks ago, Pancyprian had edged the Greeks 1-0 and 3-2 over a period of 48 hours in U.S. Over-30 Open Cup and CSL league play, respectively.

PADDY HEROES
NYGA’s victory lines up a Round of 16 duel with Paddy McCarry’s Shamrocks, the only CSL team ever to win the Marth Cup [2016].
The Rocks outshot Manhattan Kickers Premier 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 tie at St. Michael’s.
 
Sean Riley twice put the Irishmen ahead, with his second strike being a stupendous solo effort that coach McCarry tipped for “Goal of the Season” contention.

“He picked the ball up about 40 yards out, took on three of their players and drilled home,” said McCarry. “We could have and should have had a third [goal] by Riley – he just shot over.”

Filip Loncar [30th] and Stu Kaiser [70th] had replied for Kickers after each of Riley’s goals.

“They then took the game to us -- they used their bench very well. We had a depleted squad and were hanging on at the end,” conceded McCarry.
  
In the shoot-out, Robbie O’Neill, in his first game back after back surgery, saved Kickers’ first penalty. That would be the difference as his Rocks teammates converted all their PKs.
 
Bingo O’Driscoll, Dave Harvey, Sean Riley, Matt Moccia and Pat Kelly were the scorers.
 
The win avenged the Rocks’ lone league defeat this season, a 2-1 slip to Kickers last month.
 
GRAYS THROUGH
Godfred Hanson, Bencion Barrios and birthday boy Marko Guzijan scripted CPR Grays’ 3-1 Round of 16 romp over Megas Alexandros at Van Buren HS.  Port Jeff await.
 
LEGENDS EXIT
Elsewhere in the Marth Cup, Manhattan Celtic Legends slipped 5-4 to Glen Cove in the Round of 32 at Bushwick Inlet.

Davey Linn, David Duffy, Matt Negus and John Tanios were the Celtic scorers.
 
MAKE-UP GAMES
Leutrim Saiti hit a hat trick for Cedar Sports Academy’s reserves in 4-1 thrashing of Doxa FC ‘B’ in a rescheduled First Division match at Williambridge Oval. Josue Ortiz added a penalty.

In the second tier, KidSuper Samba had a 3-0 forfeit victory over FC Spring Valley.
At Pier 40, Iurie Gajev and Ben Astin earned Celtic Bhoys a share of the points from a 2-all tie with Hoboken in their Over-30 scrap.

COSMIC STARS
Celtic Masters, meanwhile, didn’t fare as well, crashing 7-0 to Over-38 juggernaut Cozmoz FC at Bush Terminal Piers.

Jon Benenson was in top form for the champs, setting up goals for Richie Purger [9th] and Nedgy Nazon [23rd, 73rd].

Leon "Bushman" Whyte had a goal – courtesy of Julian "Gong" Jordan [26th] – and the   assist on Laidley "Dave" Brown’s coup de grace [84th]. Purger struck again [55th] off Marlon Johnson’s pass, while Nazon turned provider when Keenon Copeland scored [65th].

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