Shamrocks striker Kwesi Mills-Odoi. Shamrocks Images
By Ralph 'On'z Chery
Nov. 22nd, 2018
The CSL went on Thanksgiving break with an appetizing round last weekend. Giants Cedar Stars Academy and NY Greek Americans played a hard-fought 1-1 draw at the Met Oval. Shamrocks blew past NY Athletic Club, 5-1, while bottom half clubs Central Park Rangers Whites and Zum Schneider F.C. 03 drew, 2-2.
CSL Match of the Week: Cedar Stars and NY Greeks stay on equal terms with a 1-1 draw
NY Greek Americans held a new look Cedar Stars Academy, who played five newcomers, to a 1-1 draw on Sunday night home at the Metropolitan Oval.
One of the Stars' new signings, Janos Loebe, registered his first assist for the club in the ninth minute as he squared the ball to Bledi Bardic for an easy tap-in.
Christopher Katona almost doubled Austin Friel’s men lead four minutes later, banging a one-time effort off the crossbar.
Nino Alfonso put the Greeks on level term in the 58th minute as he maneuvered Phil Bannister’s pass to the bottom near right corner from the box.
Questionable offside call ‘robbed’ Zum from full three points versus Central Park
It happens. But it sure ain’t cool when it happens to your team.
Zum Schneider F.C. 03 was hit with a referring mistake on Sunday night in their match versus Central Park Rangers Whites. It didn’t just cost them a goal but a win as what could’ve been a 3-2 85th minute winner was falsely ruled offside. Hence Zum left Randall’s Island with only a point as they drew 2-2 with CPR on Sunday night.
“I’m pissed and angry,” Zum head coach Alexander Berscheid said, who as far as the league knows is usually a cool-headed guy—and of course a beer lover. “Clear goal. No discussion. The linesman lifted his flag for inexplicable reasons. The ball was played back. No chance for offside. A terrible, terrible mistake and horrible decision.”
“We feel robbed.”
You almost never see two coaches agree on a call like this in the CSL—even the most obvious ones—but CPR head coach Eli Vovsha admitted that his opponents should’ve went up, 3-2.
“We had a bit of luck when the linesman ruled out their late goal,” Vovsha said.
Prior to the referees’ miscalculated call, Junior Cabrera opened the scoring for Zum in the 20th minute after connecting with Thomas Gomes’ pass.
Central Park tied it up two minutes later when Gabriel de Foresta headed James Greco’s free kick home.
Central Park Rangers Whites player Gabriel de Foresta scored the first goal of the match.
CPR was on target again in the 27th minute to take the lead as Raphael Carvalho steered Greco’s through ball in the corner of the net.
Cabrera netted a sublime free kick in the 75th minute to guide Zum to a 2-2 scoreline and complete his brace.
CPR had a golden opportunity to go back up top in the 84th minute when Akeem Brooks beamed Carvalho’s cross toward the goal but Zum keeper Jean Carlo performed a top class save to keep the game locked at 2-2.
A minute later, ZSFC’s potential winning-goal was ruled offside.
The Rangers stay winless after nine league matches and in last spot after the draw.
As for Zum, they went on a 3-5-1 record after the match and sit in sixth place, four points above relegation and five points under the last playoff spot.
After Sunday’s false call, be aware of Zum Schneider if they drop to the relegation zone or miss out on the playoffs by two points at the end of the regular season.
Shamrocks outplay NYAC 5-1
Shamrocks savored a comfortable 5-1 victory over NY Athletic Club on Saturday night at Randall’s Island Field 70.
The Rocks started their scoring account with a magnificent team-goal, which the club views as a strong contender for team-goal of the season.
Kwesi Mills-Odoi back-heeled the ball to Barna Marko, who then pushed a pass to Pax Ballard on the top of the box. Ballard capped the passing display with a voluptuous shot past the opposing keeper in the 17th minute.
Mills-Odoi scored an exquisite free-kick in the 22nd minute to send Shamrocks on break with a 2-0 lead.
Kwesi Mills-Odoi put Shamrocks up 2-0 in the 22nd minute with a free-kick. Shamrocks Images
Amara Seasy made it 2-1 for NYAC in the 58th minute but Shamrocks went on to scoring three unanswered goals.
Travis Blair found the net from Mills-Odoi’s feed shortly after the hour mark before left back Dan Giorgi converted two spot kicks.
The Rocks jump to a three-game winning run, which includes a notable 2-0 Manning Cup win over powerhouse NY Greeks.
The club’s head coach Kevin Grogan didn’t hide how happy he is of the team’s recent performances.
“That was a very important win,” Grogan told the club’s website.
“Three wins in a row gives us some momentum. Excellent work rate and discipline. Onto the next game.”