From Jay Mwamba
Nov. 8, 2017
U.S. AMATEUR CUP
New York Athletic Club set-up an all-CSL date with Pancyprian Freedoms in the U.S. Amateur Cup’s New York State semis with a 3-1 road victory over the LISFL’s NY Kosmos.
First half goals by Carlo Zanetti [two] and Noah Kossoff saw NYAC through at Granny Road Park.
“We scored all our goals within the first 30 minutes and then coasted,” said coach Erik Bagwell. “They caused us some problems in the second half because we got lazy but we were able to hold on.”
The result earned the seven-time CSL champs a shot against Pancyprian, who’ve won three U.S. Amateur crowns, in the State semis on Travers Island.
Pancyprian thrashed Doxa FC 6-1 in their U.S. Amateur tie last month.
Pancyprian reprised that rout over Doxa in the league last Sunday, prevailing 7-2 at Joseph F. Fosina Field.
Jeff Matteo opened the scoring, thanks to Ryan Scheiderman who would get the third goal and provide a second assist, to Luis Esteves.
Daniel Bedoya got the second and fourth goals, off assists by Gabriel Camara [who also set up Scheiderman] and Adam Himeno, respectively.
The other marksmen were Andreas Iosifidis -- from an Andreas Chronis pass --and Simon Tchoukriel.
Dylan Williams and Peter Dilorenzo replied for Doxa, whose reserves won 3-1. Andreas Michael, Peter Tsioumas and Gerald Janko scored in that game.
NYAC, meanwhile, squared off with current U.S. Amateur kings Lansdowne in the league. They succumbed 3-2 after trailing by three goals midway through the first half on Travers Island.
Lukas Zarges, Ovan Oakley and Andrew Sousa had Lansdowne cruising early. But Jason Lampkin, who buried a rebound, and Noah Kossoff threw NYAC a lifeline.
Austin Friel’s lads, however, held on for the win.
Last June, NYAC ‘B’ denied the Bhoys’ second unit a third successive CSL Reserve title 10-9 on penalties in the championship game. Lansdowne got their revenge with a 1-0 victory in the opener on Travers Island.
Mauricio Mora’s first half effort was the difference as the Bhoys maintained their one hundred percent record [6-0, 18] four points behind leaders Shamrocks, albeit with two games in hand.
Forty-eight hours later, Lansdowne’s first XI made easy work of Manhattan Kickers in a 6-1 stroll at Tibbetts Brooke Park that put the Yonkers Irish three points clear on the table.
The predatory Oakley, with his second hat trick of the fall; Daryl Kavangh, Sousa and Joseph Lopez’ stupendous individual goal destroyed Kickers.
“Lopez scored a contender for goal of the season, beating four men and the keeper with a dribbling run,” reported Lansdowne president William McGrory.
Kevin Grogan’s Shamrocks were pegged back by CSL champs New York Greek Americans in a 1-1 tie at St. Michael’s Playground.
Kurt Cameron gave the Rocks the perfect start [6th]. But debutant Kareem Joachim opened his Greek account a minute before the interval [44th].
The reserve tussle ended in a 2-1 victory for the undefeated and first place Rocks [7-0-1, 22]. Darren Coleman and Chris Burns scored.
Chris Katona, the in-form Cedar Stars Academy midfielder, struck twice, including once from a bicycle kick, in a 5-0 drubbing of Zum Schneider on Randalls Island.
Katona also had two assists as Mike Olla, Kene Ezra and Jonathon Okafor scripted Cedar’s fifth win.
“A key save by Bryan Lopez at 3-0 was critical,” Cedar boss Oliver Papraniku pointed out.
His reserves tied 4-4 on goals by Victor Albeidy [three] and Shpetim Shehu.
Ruben Areiza had an assist and goal for Central Park Rangers who decisioned fellow promotion side Manhattan Kickers 2-0 on Randalls Island for their first win in the top flight.
Areiza crossed for Gabriel de Foresta to nod in the opener and then connected from Souley Bah’s free kick.
"For once, our back four had a solid performance, and we controlled the match throughout,” said coach Eli Vovsha.
“Despite a strong roster, the Kickers lacked an energy going forward and created little to no offense,” rued Lucas Shanks, whose side was shutout 3-0 by CPR in the Div. Two title match last June.
CPR’s reserves were more emphatic in a 4-0 romp. Alex Subin [two], Tim Micheils and Faissal Sanfo scored. Lanfia Diaby [two] and Donje Green had assists.
NJ STATE CUP
Trophy winners in 2012, Hoboken FC began another quest for the New Jersey State Cup with a 6-0 blowout of Clifton Elite in the Round of 32 at Laurel Hill Park.
Cory Chaplin [18th], Tom Hogue [57th, 85th], James Reed [79th], Jeremy Witherspoon [82nd] and Mark Roussey [83rd] were on target.
“The match was closer than the score indicates as we scored four late goals. But it was a deserved win,” noted GM Bill Marth.
Overall, Hoboken, have won five NJ Cups with their other victories coming in 1964, 1961, 1943 and 1942.
Like they did in their last meeting, Stal Mielec edged Polonia Gwardia 1-0 in their first Polish derby since 2011.
“The game was decided in the 80th minute - Kestutis Mykolaitis set up Jacek Lawniczak who scored a powerful goal and Stal Mielec NY retained the Greenpoint bragging rights,” Stal’s Artur Kurasiewicz proudly declared.
In the past six meetings between the two, Stal have three wins, two ties and one loss.
Yet despite their fourth win in seven matches, in a highly competitive Division Two South topped by Hoboken, Stal remain in mid-table.
For Polonia, who are second on the log five points off the pace, the defeat was a severe blow in their attempt to catch leaders Hoboken.
But their reserves beat Stal ‘B’ 2-0.
Javi Beiro put CD Iberia ahead at Bushwick Inlet only to see Williamsburg International storm back with five unanswered goals in a 5-1 defeat.
Koji Tsurumi leveled from Joel Yawili’s assist, while Chris Blivin, Kevin Ruppel [two] and David Vogt – with the last kick of the match – hit back.
“We lost 5-1 in a game that honestly could have gone either way,” argued Carlos “Chiki” Vázquez.
“We had our chances to tie the game in the second half at two, but missed. They then capitalized in the last minutes to run the score up as we were pushing to score.”
Chiki was on target for the Iberia reserves in a 5-3 victory. Javi Mejia [two], the aforementioned Javi Biero and Richard Sifuentes got the other goals.
Birthday boy Augustus Esgro, Danny Rivas – with his seventh straight strike – and Arturo Bello [pen.] were the Williamsburg ‘B’ scorers.
Steve Kovalenko’s NY Ukrainians followed up their first league win the previous week with a 2-0 decision over Beyond FC on McCarren Park.
Lukasz Prawdzik and Andres Munoz connected to lift the Brooklynites three points clear off the bottom. They beat Panatha 3-0 in their previous fixture.
The Ukrainian reserves pipped Beyond ‘B’ 3-2, with John Woods, Rafe Oakes and Shaun Horton on the mark.
Also in Division Two South, Pascal Hyacinthe [two] and George Sipsas starred in Panatha USA’s 3-1 defeat of FC Japan on Randalls Island.
Tatsuya Ogura had the Japanese goal.
Panatha’s second unit run riot in an 8-0 shellacking. Giannis Bachos [two], Andreas Pilleris [two], Evan Daviotis, Peter Gavaris, Marios Katsaros and Bryan Jimenez tallied.
With just one win going into their clash with the Division Two North leaders, NYPD pulled off an upset, stunning Malatyaspor 4-3 at the Aviator Sports Complex.
Demetre Vernon, Carlos Bonilla, Gino Cipriano and Ugur Goktekin bagged full points for the Cops, whose reserves fell 3-0.
Second placed Brishna [5-2, 15] capitalized on that result to move within a point of Malatyaspor off the back of a 3-2 decision over Bronx Supreme at Flushing Meadow field.
Mohammad M.Y. Mashriqi, Karimullah Mashriqi and Idris Mashriqi scripted the win.
Kwadwo Kwasie had both Bronx goals.
Brishna’s reserves won 4-2 with Shahid Naimi, Marcelo, Gurash Paiman and Karimullah Mashriqi doing the damage. Bobby Akumah was the Bronx scorer.
Mike Lindley did all the scoring for CPR Reds in a 4-1 mauling of FC Spring Valley at Pomona MS that lifted them to within four points of first place with a game in hand to Malatyaspor.
The CPR reserves drew 2-all.
“Another weekend and another awful defeat,” lamented Sporting Astoria manager Ed Romero, after his side crashed 4-1 to KidSuper Samba at Soundview Park.
They started well enough on Jose Alcala’s go-ahead goal and were still in it at half time following Karamba Janneh’s equalizer from Alhoussain Bah’s assist.
Sporting failed to show up on resumption as Janneh [pen.] and Bah – assisted by Arsene Oka, shot the Samba boys ahead.
“We slept at the start of the second half to go down 3-1,” conceded Romero. “We put on the heat and hit the post twice. The KidSuper Samba goalie also made three diving saves. It was incredible. I mean close range shots just outside the six-yard box.”
At any rate, Oka killed off Sporting with help from Bah.
Jose Alcala had earlier been on target twice in the Sporting reserves’ 4-2 romp. Damian Paz and Benjamin Espinoza also netted.
Mana Ali had a goal and the assist on Karamoko Sangare’s connect for a Samba side that only had eight men for most of the game.
It was business as usual atop Metro Div. One with imperious FC Ulqini improving to 7-0  at the expense of a Lansdowne team beaten 2-0 at Tibbetts Brook Park.
Albert Ruci and Gledis Nuza did the needful for Ulqini, who moved three points clear of a Mr. Dennehy’s side humbled 7-1 on Randalls Island by BW Gottschee.
“It was a rematch of the Metro Two championship [game] in weather more typical of the Emerald Isle [Ireland] than NYC,” noted Gottschee boss John Ryding.
The Blue and White triumphed 1-0 in the title tilt last summer but went six better this time after trailing to Johnny Stocker’s ice-breaker.
“It was 1-1 at half time. Twenty minutes of second half madness saw us collapse to our first defeat of the season,” admitted Dennehy’s assistant coach Ronan Gardiner. “We will bounce back.”
Gottschee’s Greg Davis equalized off Edgar Carpio's pass before the break and during the interval, coach George Silva beseeched his men to increase the tempo. They did.
Man of the Match Brian Kilcarr put Gottschee 2-1 ahead. Captain Dion 'Coco' Amvrosiatos converted a penalty. Christian Paredes ended the game as a contest with the first of his brace and Amvrosiatos’ brother, Stamatis, and Allessandro Provvido made it academic.
“With six unanswered goals in the second, it was the proverbial game of two halves,” observed Ryding.
Deportivo Sociedade and NYFC Iliria also produced a high scoring affair on Randalls with the latter prevailing 5-3 to climb into third in Metro One [4-3-1, 15].
John Ganiev [two], Olti Vela, Bruno Costa and Abraham Sebastian starred.
Shamrock 1960 smashed Ridgewood Romac 5-2 at St. Michael’s for their first win of the campaign.
Isaac Hidalgo, Dan Meola, Amar Daved, Joe Connolly and Karl Chaudry struck for the last place Rocks [1-7, 3].
Ayhan Bekdemir and Emre Tetik scored for Ridgewood.
Nick Chang and NanaYaw Panford conjured up a late goal for the latter [67th] in Gotham Argo’s 1-0 defeat of NYC Metro Stars on Randalls.
“Our defense was stellar this week holding off a quick and aggressive opponent,” commented Dana Dimon.
Sons of Queens young ace Mohamed Halawa notched a hat trick in a 5-1 spanking of AO Brooklyn on Randalls.
Captain Alexander Balbuena and “The Architect” Eric Torres had one apiece for the perfect South leaders [7-0, 21].
Second place Barnstonworth Rovers fell five points behind Queens following a 5-1 drubbing by Richmond County at Bush Terminal Piers.
Joaco Lynch had the consolation goal.
An 8-1 battering of Brooklyn Bound propelled NY Galicia into joint second with Barnstonworth, on the 16-point mark.
Julian Escobar was accounted for half of Galicia’s goals. Carlos Espinosa, David Brea Lopez, Joaquin Cagliani and Michael Lopez got the others.
Continuing their impressive run, Mola SC mauled FC Partizani 5-0 on goals by Gianluca Palanca, William Novini [two] and Pablo Martinez [two].
Mola [5-2, 15] are fourth in the South, a point out of second place with a game in hand to both Barnstonworth and Galicia.
In Metro Two North, Missile FC kept up the pressure on leaders Inter New York SA with a 4-0 thrashing of Beyond FC.
The lethal Jo Valentin [two], Jeff Durosier and Santos Ebelson were on target for the 5-2-1  upstate side that is a point behind Inter New York who outshot Homenetmen 6-3.
For Kelmendi’s prolific Naim Kurtovic, it was a case of normal service resuming with his strike in the 1-0 decision over Flushing FC.
Kurtovic had scored in every one of Kelmendi’s games this season until the 1-1 draw with Missile the previous week.
Showing signs of a revival after going winless in their first six matches, SC Eintracht posted a second straight victory in Metro Two.
Andrea Mazella [two], Chimwemwe Matupa [two] and Hasan Redzic lifted the fabled side 5-3 past Deportivo Sociedade II.
Also in Metro Two, Cem Aytac’s last minute goal snatched a 3-2 win for Gateway FC over NYC Afghanistan at Flushing Meadow field.
Dead ball specialist Edison Nurcellari struck twice from free kicks.
Stephen McNally [5th] gave CPR Grays a false start against Manhattan Kickers Premier that ended in an 8-2 mugging at East River Park.
Kickers’ response was immediate. MVP Ardian Hasko quickly turned the deficit into a 2-1 lead off assists by Aaron Vennard and Khouri Mullings.
Mike Swavola’s equalizer [30th] signaled CPR’s early resolve, but it would be the last strike by the visitors.
Alex Petrovic [35th], Filip Loncar [50th], Seamus Kelly [55th], Mike Zorborski [60th] and Mullings [70th, 80th] blew CPR away. Petrovic, Nick Bill, Loncar and Hasko also had assists.
Kickers [7-0-1, 22] preserved a three-point lead over Shamrocks in the East.
The Rocks, meanwhile, thrice battled back against NYGA to force a 3-3 draw at the Met Oval.
Paddy McCarry’s men were punished five minutes in after a defensive error, but drew level shortly through Johnny McGeeney [15th].
Two more blunders at the back handed the Greeks a 3-1 lead at the interval.
“I think that was our worse first half performance in about four years,” said McCarry. “We gift wrapped all three goals for them.”
A few harsh words at half time, and three changes, and the Rocks came out a new team.
Pat Kelly got a goal back on the hour, set up by Sean Riley. Shane Moore then equalized [75th].
Manhattan Celtics’ Over-30 contingent posted a hat trick of victories.
West leaders Celtic Legends set the tone in a Pier 40 double header, crushing CPR Orange 6-1.
John Tanios banged in three goals, Tal Sheynfeld a brace and John O’Neill one. CPR’s lone response was an own goal by Tyler Fransen, who also doubles as assistant coach.
“Tyler Fransen was so excited about scoring last week he decided to score an own goal this week to keep his scoring streak alive,” head coach Stephen Foster teased his number two.
In the late game at Pier 40, Celtic Bhoys bombed Brooklyn Gunners 8-0.
Julian Mardare had the requisite hat trick, while Lurie Gajev, Adam Darter, Danny Arkus, Seth Chernin and Patrick Dougherty all chipped in with one apiece.
Adding to the trifecta of wins were Celtic Masters who overcame an early Jesse Vozick goal to top Over-38 West leaders Manhattan Kickers 3-1 at East River Park.
Victor Popovsky, Emin Asvar and Renato Chaladovsky were on the mark.
Pete Halkidis struck twice in Pancyprian Freedoms’ 4-2 defeat of CPR Old Boys.
Adam Mathioudi and Chris Zisimatos also scored for the second place Over-30 West side.
Title holders Cozmoz FC steamrolled SC Gjoa 5-1 at a rainy Bush Terminal.
Nedgy Nazon had a first half hat trick, off assists by Jon “Jonny” Benenson, Conrad “Smithy” Smith and Julian “Gong” Jordan.
“In the second half, Leon “Bushman” Whyte took a blast from 40 yards and scored, assisted by Kendell Villoreal,” narrated Telly Vamvouris. “Laidley "Dave" Brown shaked and baked the Gjoa defense to score the fifth goal, assisted by Kendell.”
Vamvouris himself was a rock between the posts as he helped extend Cozmoz’ perfect record to 7-0 [21 pts] in the East.
Back at St. Michael’s, club legend Paddy Geragthy hit a hat trick in the Shamrock Legends 6-2 drubbing of Doxa Legends in an Over-38 fixture.
Tyrone Kent [two] and Andrew Connolly also got on the score sheet for the mid-table [North] Rocks.
Carlos Paraedes had both Doxa goals.
In other Over-38 action, CPR Legends shutout Banatul 5-0 on Randalls, with Willian D’Andrea, Simon Harrison and Tom Pattinson among the scorers.
And Vinny Vasconcelos had Eintracht’s lone response in a 3-1 loss to Barnstonworth Veterans.