Saturday, September 25
New York Shamrock SC vs Borgetto FC (1-2)
(Game broadcast by Game in Frame)
Week 3 kicked off with the most anticipated match-up pitting last season’s Division 1 champion against the newly promoted Division 2 title holder. The game lived up to the hype and the new face shocked the veterans as Borgetto FC defeated New York Shamrock SC, 2-1. The heated game saw a scoreless first half and two red cards shown.
The opening half saw both teams exchange chances. The defining moment came in the 28th minute when Larry Slaughter attempted to intercept a long pass into his end. On video it appears he deliberately used his hand to alter the ball’s path and the referee agreed, showing him a straight red. His team held strong for the remainder of the first half.
After the intermission, breakout star Miguel Chung made his presence known to the defending champions. Alexis Santa fed him a backpass in the right side of the area and Chung advanced towards the net while under pressure. He calmly slotted the ball into the opposite netting to give Borgetto the lead, 1-0, in the 51st minute. Right after the restart the Rocks advanced the ball and kept pushing. The tying goal came in the 57th when Chris Uy’s corner kick was headed in by Alejandro Fritz Ruentes.
The back and forth pace continued and each goalkeeper was tested. Neither team wanted to leave the field with only one point and despite only having ten players the Rocks nearly capitalized midway through. A few offside calls and stout defending were their only downfall.
Chung made sure Borgetto left a mark on the league table in the 72nd minute. A series of wild passes left him with the ball about 25 yards out. He launched a shot that just curved enough to bounce into the lower right corner past a diving keeper.
Santa was shown a second yellow in the 75th meaning both teams played ten men for the final 15 minutes. A chance by the Rocks in the 81st minute nearly tied the game again but a diving save by Julian Rodriguez kept the result
Borgetto is now 3-0-0 and undefeated through the first month of the fall season. They’ll try to keep it up as they host Beyond FC on Sunday. For New York this is it’s first loss in Division 1 play since November 17, 2019 (2-1 vs Sporting SC). Week 4 won’t be an easy match to recover as they visit Hoboken FC 1912 in New Jersey.
Sunday, September 26
Polonia SC vs Hoboken FC 1912 (0-2)
The early match on Sunday turned into an entertaining fixture. Hoboken FC 1912 needed a second half formation change to take three points against Polonia SC at McCarren Park.
Polonia, which finished second from the bottom in last season’s table, were arguably the better side in the first 45 minutes. Multiple set piece chances and six shots off target were aided by McCarren’s narrow pitch. However the team was unable to get on the scoreboard. Hoboken nearly got the opening score just before halftime when Aitor Hernandez broke the lines but was unable to slip the ball past the keeper.
Going into the second half Hoboken head coach Steve Korfiatis knew his team needed to adapt. He changed the formation to allow for more direct and vertical play and the group adapted quickly. Polonia’s defensive third was immediately under more pressure and it finally gave way 10 minutes in. Kevin Halliday scored the first goal off of some great hold up play from Joe Braun. Hoboken kept it up and ten minutes later forced a turnover. Braun scooped it up and found Louis Mobbs. A direct cross to a charging Sean Fahy allowed the latter to calmly finish and make it 2-0.
“A lot of credit to Polonia who were really well organized and determined throughout the match,” Korfiatis said afterwards. “I think this match helped to show that when we are at full strength, we have the players and wherewithal to be diverse in the way we play and adaptable to different situations. Despite suffering in the first half the players really dug deep to take the three points which is character we will need to continue building in the weeks to come.”
Hoboken will host New York Shamrock SC on Sunday afternoon in a battle of the top two teams from last season (that are still in Division 1). Polonia meanwhile has a derby match against Stal Mielec NY on Sunday afternoon at McCarren Park.
Beyond FC vs FC Sandžak (0-6)
(Match broadcast by Game in Frame)
Beyond FC have not started 2021-22 in the best of ways. The team dropped it’s third straight game by four or more goals in a Sunday afternoon match against FC Sandzak. The New Jersey side sits at the bottom of the table and needs to regroup it’s defensive efforts.
For Sandzak however the result is it’s first ever win in CSL Division 1. Assistant coach Albert Kolenovic assisted on three of his team’s goals in what was a beautiful display or double duty. He kicked it off by feeding Leutrim “Leo” Saiti in the 6th minute. He followed it up in the 24th minute when reserve team player Edin Redzic was open off a cross and made it 2-0. He finished off the day by helping Mirza Sabovic on the team’s fourth goal.
Beyond challenged infrequently during regulation mostly off set pieces. By the time Almas Kojic made it 3-0 in the 26th minute though the team’s morale was not there.
Agim “Jimmy” Mujaj had a steller second half for the visitors; scoring in the 65th minute (assisted by Redzic) before helping on the game's final goal. A calm pass into the middle found Redzic, almost just sitting there, who blasted the ball into the netting.
Sandzak will visit Manhattan Kickers on Saturday night while Beyond tries to get their season into gear against Borgetto FC on Sunday.
Richmond County FC vs Stal Mielec NY (4-0)
(Match broadcast by Game in Frame)
Former New York Cosmos star Bljedi Bardic returned to the Cosmopolitan Soccer League in style on Sunday night. A goal and assist helped lead Richmond County FC to an impressive 4-0 win over visiting Stal Mielec NY. His performance was only topped by striker Mark Shnadshteyn who scored two goals on the night.
During the game Stal struggled to get into first gear. The midfield fell apart multiple times allowing Richmond to regain possession with great field position. It’s how County earned their first goal in the 21st minute when a corner kick was cleared out. The defense did not have a clean shot and the ball fell to Peter Zima who struck the volley over the jumping keeper for a clear goal of the year candidate.
Shnadshteyn’s goals in each half were assisted by Bardic and Albert Ruci, respectively. Adrian Cosovic assisted on the game’s final goal in the 58th minute when he fed a charging Bardic in the box. The former NASL and NISA star was one of the top goal scorers in the league when he spent time playing for Cedar Stars Academy in the 2018/19 season.
Richmond will visit Zum Schneider FC 03 II on Roosevelt Island in Sunday’s main event. Stal will have a rivalry game against Polonia SC earlier that day on the road.
Manhattan Kickers vs New York Athletic Club (0-2)
(Match broadcast by Coaches Corner NYC)
New York Athletic Club defeated Manhattan Kickers, 2-0, as the latter’s slow start to the season continues. NYAC Chairman Bill Saporito said after the match that the squad they put out, which included some recent signings, is the best they've assembled this season.
Noah Kossoff scored the opening goal in the 32nd minute. Aiden Conaghan’s run down the left drew in two defenders, leaving Kossoff all alone in the middle of the area. A smooth cross and calm lifted finish put Athletic Club up, 1-0. Laurin Vogel iced the match in the 55th minute after a foul sent him to the spot where he converted the penalty kick.
NYAC will host Kelmendi FC NY on Travers Island this Sunday at noon for a Week 4 matchup. The Kickers will visit FC Sandzak on Saturday night on Randalls Island.
Kelmendi FC NY vs Zum Schneider FC 03 II (1-1)
(Match broadcast by Game in Frame)
Zum Schneider FC 03 II and Kelmendi FC 03 tied, 1-1, on Randalls Island to close out Week 3. Zum has tied both of it’s matches to start the season while the result yielded Kelmendi it’s first point this year.
Stephen Ojo, Zum’s leading scorer from last season, got the visitors on the board in the 15th minute. Josh Ulane set Ojo up for a run up the left side where he snuck the ball to the right of the advancing keeper to make it 1-0. It took nearly a full hour for Kelmendi to respond but a controversial penalty kick call gave them a chance. A foul near the line was ruled in favor of Kelmendi and Eduard Necaj stepped up to the spot. His successful attempt to the left corner ensured his squad left with the draw.
Kelmendi will take on New York Athletic Club on Sunday afternoon in Week 4. Zum II will host Richmond County FC on Sunday night on Roosevelt Island.