An early start to Week 17 in Division 1 has caused a lot of questions to arise heading into the final week. While we know the two teams joining Division 2 next year and three of the playoff teams, a final spot still remains with three missing points possibly still on the table.
Here's the full round recap:
Wednesday, May 8,
Lansdowne Yonkers FC v. Zum Schneider FC 03 (Game Abandoned, Score was 1-1)
The game between Lansdowne Yonkers FC and Zum Schneider FC 03, tied at 1-1, needed to be abandoned at the 85th minute after the lights went out at James L Fleming Field in Yonkers. The fate of the game, and any subsequent restart or continuation, has not been decided at this time.
Zum, playing in the 5-2-3 formation that has gotten them results in the spring, started the scoring off when captain Saad Afif set up Lukas Hauer in the 25th minute. The visiting side had more chances, both organic and on the counter attack but couldn’t finalize any chances.
The second half was all for the Bhoys. Three minutes in Daryl Kavanagh scored the equalizer with a strike from 20 yards into the top corner. Multiple other players had chances to get the winning goal for Lansdowne who needs a win in order to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The team had a chance with five minutes to go after a corner kick was awarded but that’s when the lights went out
As the fate of this game is decided, Zum remains unbeaten in the spring season and Lansdowne, after Saturday’s game) currently sit in 5th place in the standings.
UPDATE AS OF MAY 14: THIS GAME HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN MARKED AS A DRAW. BOTH TEAMS RECIEVE A POINT
Hoboken FC 1912 v. Cedar Stars Academy (0-8)
After a grueling loss, 8-0, at the hands of Cedar Star Academy on Wednesday night, Hoboken FC 1912 is now guaranteed a trip back to Division 2 after winning promotion last season.
Hoboken general manager Bill Marth said that his squad is disappointed but knows his group will be back soon.
"We are disappointed but not discouraged,” Marth said in an email. “We have been promoted three times in the last seven years and each time spent only one season in the 1st division. That shows how tough the 1st division is, but also shows that that Hoboken FC can rebound and again win promotion. The club has been around for 107 years and this is not the first time we have been relegated. We are excited for the future."
New head coach Steve Korfiatis knows the final few games against experienced squads will be great training for the younger players especially.
“There are a still a few games left in the season, which we see as an opportunity to begin preparing for the new season ahead,” Korfiatis explained. “We have a great group and can take some positives from this season; including graduating another player to a professional contract and taking our fourth international trip as a club. We had some notable performances as well, both on the first and reserve team level.”
Danny Cordeiro came up huge for Cedar Star scoring a goal and two assists, including the starting score that was assisted by Max Garcia. He then helped on the next two goals, setting up Jimmy Mulligan in the first half and getting Carlton McKenzie the ball early in the second to put his team up by three.
Hoboken responds after this with a one-on-one chance against keeper Derby Carrillo, who forces the forward to the attacking player towards the outside who then played the ball back into Derby's hands.
The game totally fell away from the 1912 at that point with Chris Katona scoring three goals (a penalty kick, one assisted by Mulligan, and another assisted by Roberto Dashi). Dave Nigro and McKenzie rounded out scoring a goal each in the second half assisted by Danny Cordeiro and Zekail Gazafer respectively.
Saturday, May 11
NY Shamrock SC v. Lansdowne Yonkers FC (4-1)
In the second edition of New York’s Irish derby this season, the NY Shamrocks SC took control of their playoff fate by beating Lansdowne Yonkers FC, 4-1, on a rainy night on Randalls Island.
With the loss, Lansdowne needs a win next week against the D1 leading Freedoms and for the Rocks to lose their regular season final against Cedar Star.
In the early going, the game was split evenly with Shamrocks getting multiple corner attempts and Lansdowne shooting wide and from distance all within the first 15 minutes. The early droplets of rain began to pick up and soon a defensive blunder cost the Bhoys dearly. A long pass by the Rocks fell to a group of Lansdowne players, one of which headed the ball back towards the keeper Abdoukarim “Kabo” Danso who was already advancing out. The ball went past him and rolled into the net, putting Shamrock up, 1-0.
The game fell apart from there for Lansdowne as the Rocks added on two more goals in the first half hour. Paul McVeigh was the first Shamrocks’ player to score when he just from close up on the left side to the far post past Kabo to double his team’s lead. Five minutes later Kwesi Mills-Odoi punched in a goal of his own.
“I think our work ethic was phenomenal,” head coach Kevin Grogan said after the match. “We kind of came in with no pressure because we’re the underdogs… We just went in with the mentality to work hard, enjoy our football, and come off the pitch and know that we’ve given everything we have to try and win the game.”
The game became more back and forth after this with both sides slowing down. The offensive chances from the Rocks slowed down while they still stood strong on the backline, but the amount of time the Bhoys had with the ball picked up.
The amount of physicality in the match and emotions was high throughout the night. Multiple rough challenges, yellow cards, and colorful language was exchanged by each team. Following the match the Rocks head coach defended both teams for being fiercely competitive and knows the respect they both share for one-another.
“I have the uppermost respect for Lansdowne, I know a lot of the people,” Grogan said. “They’re a great organization. They’ve been national champions you have to respect them. But we’re competitive people so during the game there’s things that happen and things that are said but once the whistle’s gone, win, lose or tie, we shake hands and we get on with it. That’s how football should be.”
Lansdowne was able to pull themselves back within two in the 55th minute after Dawda Bah knocked a header down off a corner kick as his team picked up the pace on offense. More corners and shot attempts picked up over the next 15 or so minutes but soon momentum switched back to the Shamrocks’ side.
The game was sealed when Barnabas Mako scored the fourth goal for his team, low and to the far post, in the 82nd minute. A final yellow card to the Bhoys saw the game out.
Lansdowne now trails the Shamrocks by two points (26 to 27) and will need help on the final match day to reach playoffs should their abandoned game not be played. A draw by the team and a loss by the Rocks may also be enough depending on tie-breakers.
Sunday, May 12
Hoboken FC 1912 v. NY Pancyprian Freedoms (2-3)
No goal scorer information given by Hoboken FC 1912
The NY Pancyprian Freedoms earned its fourth win in a row against the already relegated Hoboken FC 1912 on Sunday afternoon, 3-2. The Freedoms will end the regular season this Sunday against Lansdowne Yonkers FC while Hoboken will finish its time in D1 when it faces off against fellow relegated side Central Park Rangers Whites.
In the poor weather, the D1 leaders controlled most of the game with Hoboken scoring on two seperate counter attacks. Luke Waechter played a big role for his team scoring a goal and assisting team leader Adam Himeno on the second goal of the game. Lukas Ostermann rounded out the scoring with what would be the winning goal in the second half.
NY Athletic Club v. Zum Schneider FC 03 (3-1)
No goal scorer information given by either team
Following its strong showing last Wednesday, Zum Schneider FC 03 fell to NY Athletic Club, 3-1, in the group’s first loss of the spring season. Athletic Club keeps its hot streak up in May after drawing second place CSA in the month’s first match.
Both teams finish regular season play this Sunday with NYAC taking on Doxa FC while Zum faces the playoff bound NY Greek Americans.
Cedar Stars Academy v. NY Greek Americans (4-1)
In a battle between the second and third place Division 1 teams, a undermanned NY Greek Americans squad struggled against Cedar Stars Academy as the team fell, 4-1, on Sunday night. In only his third match, Carlton McKenzie came up with an assist, a shot that set up another goal, and a goal of his own on route to beating the Greeks by three goals, the first time that’s happened since October 8th, 2017 when they lost to NY Pancyprian Freedoms. 3-0.
In what has become almost a norm during the spring season, the game was played on a wet field and during rain but the elements quieted down as the match progressed. It didn’t matter to Cedar Star though who played aggressive off the start and opened scoring within the first five minutes. Chris Katona scored another goal on the year after receiving a cross from McKenzie and Danny Cordeiro
The Greeks team struggled with limited substitutes and lack of starters due to issues such as travel, meaning many of the players were from the reserve team. To their credit the backups were fresh since the reserves didn’t play and had multiple chances against the tough Cedar backline.
After playing set-up man McKenzie had a chance of his own in the 30th minute when he shot a low bouncer from 25 yards out. The Greek keeper was able to block but Katona followed up on the rebound to score his second of the night.
Right before half and during stoppage time Cedar made it three when Matt Nigro took a free kick and found Jean Voltaire, both fresh off losing in the First Round of the U.S. Open Cup with FC Motown, who calmly finished his one on one from 8 yards out. Voltaire looked to have scored a second only a minute later but the play was deemed offside, meaning CSA entered halftime only up by one.
With the game in their control Cedar head coach Austin Friel began to make more subs and play more of his bench. This would give reserve players a chance to perform against a top four team, rest his top stars, and keep fresh feet in the game. In doing this, the game became more even. The Greeks possession time increased and a few chances came from it.
A chance finally amounted to something as Reserves fill-in Alfredo “Alfy” Bastidas headed in a cross made from Patt McCann. Later on in the game Bastidas had a chance to cut the lead down to one after a one on one against the CSA but couldn’t convert. The Stars responded not long after that in the 78th minute when a defensive error allowed McKenzie to intercept a pass in the NYGA end and get a shot passed the unexpecting keeper.
Central Park Rangers Whites v. Doxa FC (1-3)
Doxa FC stifled a late game comeback against Central Park Rangers Whites to win their penultimate game of the season, 3-1.
After multiple shots by Rasmus Hansen were stopped by the crossbar in the first twenty minutes, Doxa finally shot a little lower when Bradley Nestor found Kareem Joachim in the 30th who put Doxa up by one. Doxa doubled that lead in the second half when Nestor scored a goal of his own off an assist by Federico Curbelo.
Despite struggling all year the Rangers pushed back late in the match. The team’s leading scorer James Greco scored a direct free kick in the 70th minute to make it 1-2. But playing with ten men and an injured defender in Chris Gardner who still played a full 90 minutes for his team was too much of a hill to climb. A deep pass past the backline by Andres Breuer looked to be offside, but the linesman allowed Christian Saldivar to carry on as he sealed the game with his team’s third goal. Saldivar came on early as a sub after playing a full game in the reserve team’s win, 3-1, earlier in the day.
“We played very well in both games, was great to see two young teenagers Sal Rasizzi (16) scoring two goals and Foti Ceci (19) scoring one and having two assists in the reserve game,” Doxa team manager Peter Legakis said after the game. “Reserves came up big helping with the short handed first team as seen with Christian scoring the third goal.”