In an early season clash between the defending CSL champions and their predecessors...
By Jay Mwamba
In an early season clash between the defending CSL champions and their predecessors, titlists Lansdowne Bhoys succumbed 3-2 to New York Athletic Club [NYAC] at Tibbetts Brook Park lastSaturday night.
Former champs NYAC, six of whose seven titles came under then Irish coach Ronan Downs, stunned the Yonkers Irishmen with two early goals through Bayo Adafin and Leo Gomez.
Lansdowne fought back to level courtesy of debutant Mohamed Kaba’s brace. But disaster struck for the Bhoys 15 minutes from time when Mike Valencia snatched the NYAC winner.
“We fought up to the end for a goal,” said Paul Doherty, whose side is now 1-1 after two games.
The curtain raiser went true to form as reserve champs NYAC ‘B’ run off 7-2 winners New signings Fahad Alshamson and Eden Spinks accounted for five of the goals.
“Suffice it to say that Lansdowne were game but couldn’t hang with us in the second half,” remarked coach Bill Saporito.
New York Greek Americans gave Stal Mielec a glimpse of their U.S. amateur championship form in a 7-0 rout at the Metropolitan Oval.
Christopher Megaloudis [two], Ben Marcu [two], Keith Detelj, Stephan Bares and Kene Eze connected for the reigning USASA kings.
“Kene’s goal was a goal of the season candidate,” noted coach Stavros Zomopoulis before describing the superb solo effort.
“Stranded for most of the half, he came 15 yards in our half to pick up a ball from the left back, turned, beat his marker, beat the entire Stal midfield, out [paced] the entire defense and went one-on-one with the keeper [before] slotting to the far post — 70 yards, eight opponents beaten!”
Jacek Korba and Waldemar Pyryt handed Stal’s reserves a 2-0 win.
Pancyprian Freedoms, the other Hellenic club in the CSL top flight, needed an own goal and a Pete Halkidis strike to edge Central Park Rangers 2-1 at Icahn Stadium.
Conor O’Donoghue scored from the spot for CPR after a foul on Damian Lopez.
The result reversed the outcome in the reserve game won 2-1 by CPR on goals by Mike DeChristopher and Chris Norelli. Ben Hirsch and Greg Moss, respectively, provided the assists. Nicholas Psaras was the Pancyprian scorer.
Moriken Sangary and Bljerdi Bardic [two] were on target in Clarkstown Eagles’ 3-0 swoop over Manhattan Celtic on Randalls Island.
Celtic’s 23 year-old coach Matt Kane started the same 11 players for both fixtures, with his reserves prevailing 4-1.
“We had some of the worst luck the club had ever seen with 25 players being unavailable or injured for the game,” lamented the Belfastman.
His seconds trailed early but hit back through Herve Diese, Pat Kelly, Charlie Grover and Joe Cooper.
Adam Himeno was on target for United FC in a 1-1 tie with New York Croatia in Boonton, N.J.
United’s second unit prevailed 4-2 on goals by Andrey Serebryannik, Pavlo Kolonifa [two] and Timur Nadarbaev.
Also in the First Division, NYC Rovers thrashed Hoboken FC 5-0 at Laurel Hill Park. The Rovers reserves were equally emphatic in a 6-1 rout.
Shamrock went on another scoring spree in the Second Division, pasting FC Japan 5-0 on Randalls Island to go top of the table.
New boys Leo Nizzi and Mohamed Fofana each hit a brace while Brendan Lane, last season’s top goal scorer, accounted for the other goal. The Rocks crushed CD Iberia 5-3 the previous week.
Shamrock’s reserves thrashed Japan’s second unit 7-0 in the curtain raiser. John Riordan, Leandro Fregossi, Jim Wong, Paul McDaid [two] and Dan Meola connected.
Steve Kovalenko’s side made a whirlwind start and led 3-0 after five minutes, David Alkasimi [1st] and Prawdzik [4th, 5th] putting the Dutch to the sword early. Prawdzik struck three more times [25th, 55th, 63rd] before Alkasimi iced it [70th].
Ukrainians’ Adam Maliniak could even afford to miss a penalty kick [49th].
Daniel Friedwald and Andrew Dickler [penalty] replied for Amsterdam.
Prawdzik had warmed up earlier in the opener by netting in the Ukrainian reserves’ 4-1 victory. Iurii Vovk, Nazar Zarichnyy and Vitaliy Firsov also tallied.
Nick Bill and Tommy Herlihy scripted relegated Manhattan Kickers’ first win in Division Two, 2-0 at the expense of promoted Sporting Astoria at East River Park.
“Tough, tough loss!” griped Astoria boss Ed Romero, who left the East Side talking of another “round two curse.”
His reserves had a better outing. They bounced back from the previous week’s 5-1 blowout against Ukrainians to hammer Kickers “B” 5-1. Mohammed Jalloh [two], Abu Jalloh, Christian Valencia and Johan Quinde led the charge. Sasha Gamzatov got Kickers’ face-saver.
On Randalls Island, Kevin Sales earned Doxa FC a point from a 1-1 draw with Division Two champions CD Iberia.
Jonathan Dasilva and Akay Nuredini snatched a 2-1 result for Doxa’s seconds.
CPR Reds came away from Tibbetts Brook Park with a 2-0 decision over Metro Div. One titlists Lansdowne Bhoys. Phil Zubkowicz and Lance Brune connected.
“A hard fought game that CPR controlled for [the] most with Lansdowne failing to capitalize on some good opportunities at the beginning of the second half, including one off the post,” summed up Blake Berg.
Konrad Sobotka and Piotr Silski secured full points for FC Gwardia in a 2-0 defeat of Mr. Dennehy’s at Bushwick Inlet.
In other Metro One action, Ridgewood edged old rivals Brishna 2-1, with a goal in each half by Emre Tetik [26th] and Catalin Ionita [73rd].
“Our goalkeeper Tomasso Martello and our defense deserve praise for this win,” said assistant coach Ovidiu Ordean.
SOUND & FURY
Williamsburg International FC [formerly Doyle’s Corner FC] won by a cricket score [15-2] against Metro City Fury Athletic at Bushwick Inlet. This on a day when three of the games in Metro Div. Two produced a combined 39 goals.
Andreas Moudatsos [three], Benjamin Bryden [two], Esteban Garcia [two], Sergio Garcia [two], Dimitri Saad [two], Ryan Kampe, Fraser Campbell and Charles von Rosenberg went for the jugular against a City team that started with nine men.
Metro City finished with ten after a red card in the first half.
At the Greenbelt Recreational Center, Barnstonworth Rovers crushed FC Partizani 10-1.
Jorge Español [three], Aldo Morales [two], Joaquin Lynch [two], Brandon Rowley, Matt Donovan and Sergio Restrepo were on target. Erjon Arapi had Partizani’s consolation.
Newcomers Huerto United were the other big winners in Metro Two. They blew out fellow CSL rookies NYFC Iliria 11-0 at Memorial Park.
Not to be outdone, Mola SC went on a scoring spree as well, mauling New York Galicia 6-2 on Randalls Island in another Metro Two goalfest.
Stefano Ingravallo [two], Sal Ingravallo, Vito Coldonato, Kanijah Lucien and Gianluca Palanca tallied.
Othman Lantir’s late leveler [73rd] earned NYC Metro Stars a 1-all tie with SC Eintracht at on Randalls Island.
The latter had led from the first half through George Villalta who was assisted by Victor Guaiquil.
New York Bravehearts, meanwhile, had goals from Clement Osbert and Guillermo Arbelaez in their 3-2 defeat by AO Brooklyn.
Gilad Bloom [65th] and Joe Whiteman [80th] secured a 2-0 win for Over-30 Div. One champs Manhattan Kickers over Greek Americans at Van Buren HS.
Kickers’ other Over-30 side drew 0-0 with CPR Old Boys.
Barnstonworth Premier, who beat Kickers Premier on opening day, massacred BW Gottschee 8-2.
Mike Butler [two], Emin Avasar [two], Nedgy Nazon, Shaka Hinds, Nasan Fitz-Henley and Errol Mcfarlane scored.
Paddy McCarry’s Shamrock cruised past Barnstonworth Old Boys 2-0 in their delayed season opener.
Alex Berne [35th], from Johnny Llangari, and former Golden Gloves boxer
Tomas Maher [44th], from Keith Buckley, connected.
“A good team performance. [We] were organized and very solid at the back,” said McCarry.
Celtic’s Over-30s enjoyed mixed fortunes in Week Two. Gareth Hasson scored in the Celtic Bhoys’ 1-0 decision over Hoboken, while the Celtic Legends were mauled 5-0 by CPR Grays.
Nieuw Amsterdam saw off NYPD FC 3-0 in an Over-30 Div. Two fixture at Flushing Meadow. Josh Salsi and Louis Pacilio [two] did the damage.
And in the CSL’s new Over-35 division, SC Eintracht made it two wins out of two with a 3-0 romp at CPR Legends’ expense.
Olimpiu Roman, Andres Garcia and Dani Ceabuca did the honors.