By Jay Mwamba
If Julio Dos Santos and his Pancyprian teammates had a theme song, it would probably be the old McFadden & Whitehead classic, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.” That’s how the Greek-Cypriots must be feeling after a 6-1 rout of Hoboken FC at St. John’s University last Sunday extended their unbeaten record to seven matches in the CSL this fall.
Julio got his requisite goal, his German strike partner Yannick Reyering notched two while Michael Palacio, Anastasios Polydefkis and Phil Bannister added one apiece.
Joe Skinner [84th] had Hoboken’s consolation.
“We were simply overmatched,” admitted GM Bill Marth.
His reserves fared relatively better, shifting just three goals while netting one themselves through Greg Pilla.
Andreas Andreou, Petros Neophytou and 17 year-old Nick Psaras scored for Pancyprian ‘B.’
With the win in the senior fixture, Pancyprian [6-0-1, 19] maintained a six-point edge over archrivals New York Greek Americans atop the West standings.
Martinos Dadaj, 17, was the youthful Greek hero at the Metropolitan Oval, scoring in both games as the U.S. amateur champions swept visiting New York Croatia. “It’s a rare feat one person scoring in both matches. And even rarer for us when it’s a 17-year-old,” noted coach Stavros Zomopoulos.
Dadaj began his memorable evening with a goal in the reserves’ 5-0 triumph. Peter Touros [two], Dimitris Antonopoulos and Martin Williams also tallied.
The teen was later on target for the firsts, along with veterans Chris Megaloudis and Keith Detelj, in a 3-1 win.
Lansdowne Bhoy’s Daryl Kavanagh struck 15 minutes from time to edge Clarkstown Eagles 3-2 on Randalls Island and move the CSL champs [4-2, 12] to within three points of First Division [East] leaders New York Rover.
Earlier, Kavanagh had set up Kendon Anderson for the opener while Stephen Roche got number two from the spot after Papa Thioume was felled.
Bljerdi Bardic scored both for Clarkstown, his seventh and eighth goals of the season.
“Great game; Landsdowne was a great team,” conceded Eagles manager Oliver Papraniku.
His reserves prevailed 4-2.
A point ahead of Lansdowne, NYAC eked out a 2-1 victory over Central Park Rangers thanks to Alejandro Sucre and Kevin Meyer.
Mike Nieraeth curled in a left footer for CPR.
The reserve match was goalless.
Matt Kane’s Manhattan Celtic won their third on the trot in the CSL top flight after shutting out East pace-setters New York Rovers 3-0 at Pier 5.
New signing Ryan Lavigne, Joe Cooper and Austin McCann tallied.
“We are getting better every league game,” said Kane, who’s 23.
Rovers’ reserves won 1-0.
Pavlo Kolonifa had a goal and three assists in United FC’s 3-1 defeat of Stal Mielec at the Aviators Sports Complex. Adam Himeno got the other two.
“We did what we must do again. Great team effort,” summed up manager Alex Zaretser.
United’s seconds also run off 3-1 winners, with Bohdan Matsushenko [two] and Rati Kutaldze on target.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
At St. Michael’s Playground in Flushing, Shamrock demolished New York Supreme 6-1 to stay atop the Division Two log [5-1-1, 16].
Mohamed Fofana [two], Chris Burns, Mike Stone, Joe Aronovsky and Michael McGreevy sent Supreme reeling.
In the curtain raiser, Sean Hand’s long range effort from 35 yards was the difference in a 1-0 Shamrock victory.
New York Ukrainians topped Manhattan Kickers 3-1 at McCarren Park to stay on Shamrock’s heels, three points behind with a game in hand.
Adam Maliniak and David Alkasimi brought Ukrainians from one down before the latter added an insurance goal.
According to winning coach Steve Kovalenko, the usually clinical Lukasz Prawdzik was denied a sure hat trick by Kickers’ goalie, while his own shot stopper, Eric Salamon, was outstanding.
The reserves tied 1-1 after Ukrainian skipper Larry Crowell pegged back Zaki Bernoussi’s opener.
Two goals in the last 11 minutes propelled Sporting Astoria from 2-1 down to a 3-2 victory over FC Japan at Evander Childs High School.
Sporting trailed at the interval and after Damone Manning had dusted himself off to nail a penalty, Japan went up again.
“With 11 minutes left we turned up the heat,” said Astoria boss Ed Romero.
First Marc Vilson leveled from a header, off a Johan Clarke flick-on at the far post. And then Damone Manning, with a bit of individual skill, chested the ball, split two defenders and blasted in a cannon shot.
Eighth place Sporting [2-3-1, 7] picked up just its second win of the fall.
“We needed this win, we aren’t playing the best ball yet. We are still looking to find each other but we are getting closer to being where we need to be,” remarked Romero.
In contrast, it was a walk in the park for his second unit, 4-0 victors on goals by Jeffrey Vera [two], Christian Valencia and Johan Quinde.
“No surprise here. We dominated and we scored plenty of goals as usual,” remarked Romero.
Nick Baum and Juan Vazquez scored for NYPD FC in a 2-2 tie with defending champions CD Iberia at Flushing Field.
Elsewhere in Division Two, Andre Gayraud and Fabien Lombard were on the mark for New Amsterdam United in a 6-2 drubbing by Polonia.
Undefeated CPR Reds edged NYC Vllaznia 3-2 on Deco Heffernan’s 85th minute strike to go nine points clear [6-0-1, 19] in Metro Div. One East.
Heffernan and Mack Woodruff had scored earlier in the hard fought battle. Salvatore Finnazio and Albert Ruci got the Vllaznia goals.
Lansdowne Bhoys and Ridgewood, in joint second on 10 points, both lost ground to the Reds after they battled to a 2-all draw on Randalls Island.
The Bhoys’ Richard Morgan and Dessie Beattie canceled out Ayhan Bekdemir’s early effort [6th] for the Romanians, but Dani Anton salvaged a point for the home side from the penalty spot [80th].
“We could’ve walked away victorious in the dying seconds but our forward, Viktor Banov, could not get a shot off from inside the six-yard box,” rued assistant coach Ovi Ordean.
Three members of Brishna’s large Mashriqi clan — Nayab, Mujibullah and Mohammad Basir — tallied to lead the Metro One club to its first win of the season, 4-2 at Missile FC’s expense at Flushing Field.
Khalid Kamran was the other scorer while Charles Phillips [two] replied for the upstate visitors.
In Metro Div. One West, FC Gwardia and New York Ittihad drew 2-2 in their top-of-the-table clash that maintained the status quo.
Gwardia had goals from Konrad Sobotka and Marcin Januszko to stay two points in front [5-1-1, 16].
Mr. Dennehy’s purple patch continued with a 3-1 victory over Gotham City that inched them to within three points of Gwardia.
J.P. Loize [two] and Berat Islami stretched Dennehy’s unbeaten streak to six games after a slow start.
Also in Metro One, Nicolas Eceizabarrena and Mike Lim [two] earned Gotham Argo a 3-3 tie with SC Dynamos at Kaiser Park.
Nick “Pugs” Pugliese created both Lim’s goals.
For the second straight week, New York Bravehearts put eight goals past New York Galicia in a match.
Bravehearts had hammered Galicia 8-4 in the Strumpf Cup seven days earlier but tightened up their defense this time, conceding just one.
Remarkably, Oumar Maybe reprised his hat trick exploits in the cup by netting another three, with Diego Mayanga matching his output and Memo Arbaleaz adding a brace.
Player-manager Juan González Casares had the assist from which Barnstonworth Rovers’ Tobi Obi completed his own hat trick in a 5-1 shellacking of NYFC Iliria at Red Hook. Jorge Español and Aldo Morales accounted for the other two goals.
“Not even his former teammates at Partizani now [with] Iliria could believe it,” Casares joked about Obi’s three goals.
Neil Franco, Kanijah Lucien, Gianluca Palanca, Antonio Mederies and Stefano Catalano led the charge as Mola SC mauled FC Partizani 5-1 at the Greenbelt Recreational Area to remain joint second in Metro Div. Two.
Ervis Dergjini got Partizani’s face-saver.
NYC Metro Stars, on 16 points with Mola, had two-goal hero Wayne Doyle [67th, 89th] to thank for a 3-1 win over AO Brooklyn on Randalls Island. Cristian Vasquez [26th] stuck earlier from the spot.
“Irish power,” coach Edison Calle lauded Doyle’s performance before adding: “a very complicated game now is time show in what kind of level we are in this division.”
Grenadier Zenith rallied back from two down at Red Hook to edge SC Eintracht 3-2 and register their second win of the campaign.
Artur Galstian and Alex had Eintracht cruising before Zenith roared back through
Davidson Pierre Antoine [two] and Roland Andre.
“The guys showed a lot of character and resiliency. They could have folded playing with only one sub,” Jacky Felix praised his side.
Ten-man Shamrock Over-30s blanked New York Greek Americans 2-0 to extend their unbeaten streak to six games on coach Paddy McCarry’s 36th birthday.
The Rocks improved to 6-0 [18 points] atop the Div. One standings and are now just one of two sides in the entire 96-team CSL with hundred percent records.
They shook off the early dismissal of skipper Bingo O’Driscoll [20th] to knock off the Greeks courtesy of Danny Parkin’s free kick [25th] and Tayfun Gokeman [70th].
“Best performance of the season,” raved McCarry, the Rock’s fifth-year coach who led the side to back-to-back Div. Two and Div. One titles. “They were fantastic, every single one of them.”
Shamrock moved five points clear of the Paddy Geraghty-coached Manhattan Celtic Legends, with a game in hand, after the latter drew 0-0 with Manhattan Kickers Premier.
Sharp shooting midfielder Dylan Dodd’s first half hat trick [25th, 35th, 44th] inspired Kickers Over-30s to a 5-0 rout of Barnstonworth Old Boys.
Striker Jack Vivonetto added a second half brace [60th, 80th].
Said Eddie Yee Woo Guo: “It’s a good day when your holding midfielder has a hat trick in the first half and then calls it a day.”
Gareth Hasson connected off Andy Murray’s assist to hand the Manhattan Celtic Bhoys a 1-0 decision over Nieuw Amsterdam.
“A great performance by the entire team. Everyone worked well and gave 120%,” said David Seal.
In Over-35 action, Marty Russo, Vinny Vasconcelos [two] and Dan Ceabuca tallied in Eintracht’s 4-0 thrashing of Hoboken Veterans.