From Jay Mwamba
April 11, 2018
After two winless outings, Lansdowne Bhoys run rampant against Manhattan Kickers demolishing the First Division stragglers 8-1 on Randalls Island last Saturday.
Monodou Gurissiy notched a first half hat trick in a devastating 20-minute spell for the U.S. amateur champions and CSL leaders. He struck his first goal in the 15th minute and his third in the 35th.
Joe Lopez added a brace, while Daryl Kavanagh, Lukas Zargas and Ovan Oakley had a goal apiece for the Bhoys [10-2-1, 32], who stayed three points ahead of a Cedar Stars Academy side that blew out the Shamrocks 7-0.
Kevin Kretschmer got Kickers’ face saver during a Brian Morris-sparked break.
Lansdowne boss Austin Friel was much happier with his Bhoys finally looking sharp and clinical in front of goal following a draw and a loss in their previous two games.
“Despite creating numerous chances in the second half, it was a lack of finishing, absence of enthusiasm, and an insurmountable half time deficit that kept the Kickers from keeping the game close,” Said Kickers’ Lucas Shanks. “Ryan Katzfey made a few crucial saves in the first half that kept the game from getting ugly earlier than it did.”
Oswaldo Valencia earned the Lansdowne seconds a point from a 1-1 tie with Kickers ‘B’ that put them back atop the Reserve log on goal difference.
Fabrizio Lepiz, assisted by Dennis Kachintsev, had shot Kickers ahead.
At Granny Road Park in Medford, Long Island, Cedar mauled a depleted Shamrocks side 7-0.
Chris Katona starred once again with two goals and as many assists. He struck his first off a Sammy Gehman pass and the second from the spot. Gehman also set up Matt Jeffery for the ice-breaker.
Katona in turn played provider for Matt Nigro and Joaquin Aldabe; while Walter Calderon -- from Maxi Garciato -- and Jon Okafor, thanks to Phil Bannister; were the other scorers.
“Great game for CSA,” summed up coach/owner Oliver Papraniku, whose side [9-2-1, 29] have a game in hand to Lansdowne.
“We were missing five starters in Giuseppe Barone, Charlie O'Loughlin, James Whyte, Gianfranco Barone and Stuart Colbert through suspension and the flu,” offered Shamrock coach Kevin Grogan.
The Shamrock reserves also had a bad day at the office, crashing 4-1.
Bledar Marashi and Robert Dashi [three] scored for Cedar.
Playing in midweek ahead of the Orthodox Easter, New York Greek Americans blanked Zum Schneider 2-0 at the Metropolitan Oval to zero-in on a playoff berth.
Danniel Massey and Kareem Joachim contacted for the defending CSL champs. Colin Murphy created both goals while Brad Johnson recorded the clean sheet.
The Greek second unit prevailed 5-1 on goals by Shaun Foster [two], Kareem Joachim, Kimani Evans [who, according to Frank Bouklis, would have won a penalty on a breakthrough in the box if the ball had not ended up in the net] and Alex Kiourkenidis.
“The only goal we conceded was a penalty conceded by Andrew Kapper,” said Bouklis.
Third place NYGA ‘B’ improved to 7-2-4 .
Jimmy Lannon equalized minutes from time on Randalls Island to earn New York Athletic Club a 1-1 tie with Central Park Rangers and end a four-match losing skid this calendar year.
“NYAC dominated the first 15 minutes, but Akeem Brooks scored a brilliant goal for us flicking a header over the defender and then chipping the keeper with his second touch,” said CPR player-coach Eli Vovsha. “We were the better team from that moment on but similar to the fall, NYAC equalized with the last kick of the game.”
CPR’s reserves were also pegged back by John Stamatis’ brace in a 2-1 defeat in the opener.
“Faissal Sanfo scored within a minute after Tim Michiels sent him through. We had chances left and right before NYAC turned it around late,” said Vovsha.
Frank Omar and Alfredo Godinez were on target in FC Spring Valley’s 2-1 decision over NYPD FC that lifted the side a point clear in the North.
Evan Fernandez was the NYPD scorer at Flushing Meadow.
Spring Valley [8-4, 24] were aided by Brishna taking points off now second place KidSuper Samba in a 2-2 tie on Randalls Island.
Brishna led 2-0 before Alhoussain Bah sparked a Samba fightback, setting up goals for Abdoulaye Diallo and Karamoko Sangare.
There was no such rally in the reserve fixture that finished 5-3 in Brishna’s favor after Ousmane Barry had given Samba the lead on Mana Ali’s assist.
Ali would create another Barry goal with Brishna up 3-1, and then score himself, with help from John Estrada.
In the Div. II South race, Hoboken FC thrashed New York Ukrainians 5-1 at Bushwick Inlet to move three points ahead of Polonia Gwardia.
“The match was level until the 42nd minute when Hoboken took the lead and then took over the match in the second half,” reported Hoboken GM Bill Marth.
Tom Hogue starred with a hat trick [28th, 52nd, 79th]. A Gamil (Jameel) Yahya penalty [32nd] had canceled out Hogue’s first strike but Cory Chaplin [42nd] restored Hoboken’s lead. Zach Kraft [63rd] was the other Hoboken scorer.
Hoboken [9-0-2, 29] remain undefeated.
Like they are wont to do, Williamsburg International went on a scoring spree, trouncing FC Japan 7-3 at Forest Park Victory Field.
John Kaddo [two], Mark Gallagher, Sergio Garcia, Gerald van den Berg, Rob Markwell and Nicolas Mikolenko tallied for the third place Brooklynites [7-2-3, 23] who are three points behind Polonia.
Kenji Nakamura [two] and Ryo Koiso replied for Japan.
Yann Micuta, Daniel Rivas, William Woods and Arturo Bello were on target for Williamsburg ‘B’ in a 4-1 romp. Shoichi Emori had Japan’s lone response.
BW Gottschee learned from Manchester City’s capitulation against United in the Manchester derby to avert a similar fate in a 2-1 squeaker over NYFC Iliria on Randalls.
“We took a 2-0 lead over Illiria by half time but, like Manchester City at the weekend, fluffed our lines on several chances to put the game beyond reach,” reported John Ryding. “At half time I told the team exactly that and that we were not going to allow a 3-2 comeback.”
Glenn Whelan and Christian Paredes had Gottschee head.
Coach Ed Silva then pointed out that goals change games and the next goal would be vital for either team.
“As it turned out, it was Iliria that pulled the game back to 2-1; but backs to the wall defending kept the score there, helped by Sean Towey who cleared two balls off the line,” added Ryding. “Despite having a depleted squad because of Greek Easter, Gottschee takes a former grip on second place.”
With perfect FC Ulqini [11-0, 33] dispatching Gotham Argo on Staten Island, Gottschee [8-2-2, 26] opened up a four-point gap head of Gotham with a game in hand.
Lansdowne metro side also came away from Staten Island victorious, 2-0, at the expense of Mr. Dennehy’s in their Irish derby.
“A huge 2-0 win,” manager Gene O’Driscoll dubbed it. “The undermanned Bhoys had the bare eleven, and outfield youngster Gearoid Kennedy, who’s 17, had to go in goals.”
Timmy O'Driscoll, who hit the woodwork three times, crossed for Johnny Power to head home [25th] and then assisted on Matt Salerno’s insurance goal [85th].
Shamrocks 1960 narrowly lost 4-3 to Deportivo Sociedade in a Metro One fixture on Randalls Island.
Flushing FC knocked off Eintracht 4-1 at Memorial Field to go four-points clear in Metro II North.
Eintracht were a man down when James Gerbier [23rd] struck. He’d get another goal [36th] and assist on newcomer Fred Guillou’s strike [25th]. Gerbier now has 11 goals in 12 games, with eight assists.
Edyson Salnave, back in action for the first time since February, netted the fourth [80th] off a superb ball from another new boy Vincenzo Barbatano. It was his seventh of the campaign.
Hasan Redzic got Eintracht’s consolation goal. “We went from 10 to nine with a red card then nine to eight in the second half,” said Mark Lesser. “We actually scored with eight men on the field.”
Flushing also welcomed back captain Chris Hain Prada, Andres Romero and Giuseppe Rullo after various absences.
“We finally came out of a crazy period of the season, where we played five games in nine weeks,” said coach Ryan Wiedman. “We’re also reaching a critical point in the season where accumulation of yellows and injuries start to become worries. However, it will be nice to finally gain some consistency in two weeks.”
Jo Valentin [two] and Brandy Cineas connected for Missile FC, albeit in vain as they crashed 7-3 to Homenetmen on Randalls Island.
In the South, Barnstonworth Rovers were a goal down but made the most of their fortune when Sons of Queens were reduced to nine players to win 4-1 at Corporal Thompson Park.
“The ref played a major factor in dropping them to nine men with 25 minutes to play and that was enough [for us] to pump home four,” said Rovers coach Timothy Hattori.
Jorge Espanol notched a hat trick while newcomer David Filby fired in a rocket to lift Rovers [9-1-3, 28] into joint first in Metro II South with Mola.
Rovers, who won both encounters with Mola this season have “five tough games left to play,” according to Hattori.
Mola for their part got both goals from Palanca Alahmisi in a 2-2 tie with Richmond County at Verrazano Sports Complex.
ABOVE & BEYOND
Also in Metro II, Beyond FC were methodical in a 6-3 bashing of New York United at Herbert Lehman HS.
Rodney Lozier [two], Osama Al Sahybi [two], Adrian Alexandru and Kevin Lowe tallied.
“Tough opponents but a mature performance from our lads got us through,” said coach Ali Reza. “Hard to pick a stand out performer because everyone put a good shift in, but particular mention to the trio of new signings, Gary Philpott, Robert Hourihan and Kevin Lowe who are starting to leave their mark.”
East leaders Manhattan Kickers Premier stayed two points ahead of the Shamrocks with a 5-1 spanking of CPR Old Boys on Randalls.
Premier came to life after Brandon Levy had given CPR a false start.
Filip Loncar leveled from David Reischfield’s volley [15th], Ardian Hasko struck twice, as did Alex Petrovic [70th, 80th].
“After going down early, the quality of Kickers Premier demonstrated why we are table leaders,” remarked Mike Fitzgerald.
His unbeaten veterans [11-0-1, 34] have a game in hand to the Shamrocks.
Johnny McGeeney banged in five goals while Sean Riley had a hat trick in the Shamrocks’ 11-0 annihilation of CPR Orange on Randalls.
David Harvey [two] and Paddy Geraghty were the other scorers.
Also in the Over-30 division, Manhattan Celtic Bhoys defeated Hoboken FC 4-2 at Laurel Hill Park.
Patrick Dougherty [two], Larry Rice and Adam Darter connected.
Manhattan Kickers Legends had eight different scorers in a 10-0 shellacking of nine-man Eintract at Herbert Lehman HS.
Goal scoring legends Joe Whiteman and Gilad Bloom each accounted for a brace.
Yadh Yaich, David James Stewart, David Dupuy, Alex Petrovic, Eddie Yee Woo Guo and Jesse Vozick had one apiece.
At Pier 40, Bachir Zeroual and Victor Popovsky scored in Manhattan Celtic Masters’ 2-2 tie with Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans.
Metro Two side Kelemendi pulled off an upset, stunning NYPD FC reserves 4-2 in the Saunders Cup first round.
Glorian Hoxha, Kelemendi’s ex-Albanian professional, scored twice and Valdrin Lekocaj and Naim Kurtovic one each.
Kelmendi advance to the quarterfinals against Williamsburg ‘B’ who defeated Hoboken FC reserves 2-0 in their opener.
NYC Metro Stars, meanwhile, edged Sons of Queens 2-1 on goal by Ivan Torres and Farouk Dondja to reach the quarterfinals against the Sporting Astoria reserves.
Astoria defeated Partizani 5-3 in the first round.