By Jay Mwamba


First Division


The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup second qualifying round’s marquee matchup on October 22 features three-time winners Pancyprian Freedoms against reigning U.S. amateur kings Lansdowne Bhoys at St. John’s University. The draw, made by U.S. Soccer in Chicago this week, guarantees the CSL a third round berth in America’s version of the FA Cup.

CSL juggernauts Pancyprian and Lansdowne saw off out of state opposition by identical 2-1 score lines in the first round.

U.S. Open Cup victors in 1980, 1982 and 1983, the Greek-Cypriots needed a stoppage time goal from Jeff Matteo in a tense win over Connecticut’s Newtown Pride at St. John’s University.

All three goals came in the final minutes with Andreas Chronis [82nd] back-heeling Pancyprian ahead and Mauricio Turizo [85th] leveling for Newtown. 


At the Jackson Justice Complex in Jackson, N.J., Daryl Kavanagh was big as Lansdowne braved a late charge by the Jackson Lions to triumph 2-1.

Kavanagh won the free kick from which Lukas Zarges connected and then bagged the second goal [25th].

Ryan O'Donnell [55th] was the Jackson scorer.

Coach Austin Friel was happy with the win by his all-conquering U.S. amateur champions. “We traveled to a tricky away venue with 13 fit players to a team with a fabulous home record and got the job done,” he said.


In the CSL top flight, Noah Kosoff’s late equalizer against Central Park Rangers on Travers Island was enough to elevate NYAC into first place. It finished 2-2.

Ian Pilarski released Jason Lampkin to score NYAC’s opener on the break, but Idy Watt’s brace either side of half time turned the tables. Jake Joseph had the assist on Watt’s first goal.

“Noah Kosoff scored in the 88th minute to tie it up -- corner kick flicked on by Kevin Strunk, Noah volleyed it in,” narrated NYAC boss Erik Bagwell.

The point was enough to lift the seven-time CSL champs atop the log, two clear of Cedar Stars Academy.

The reserve match ended 1-all.  CPR’s Jon Hemmert [pen.] canceled out Igor Cherniy’s bullet header from Vitaliy Firsov's corner to leave NYAC ‘B,’ the First Division Reserve title holders, winless. 


Chris Catona, Kene Este and Josue Ortiz hit back for Cedar Stars in a 3-1 romp over the Shamrocks, after James Whyte’s wake-up goal at Ramapo College in New Jersey.

Cedar won for the first time in three tries [1-2-0, 5] but climbed into second place. 

Shamrock’s reserved prevailed 1-0 on Alex Wasilewski’s strike.


Stephen Roche’s early spot kick -- won by Patrick Figueireda – was the difference in New York Greek American’s 1-0 decision over Doxa in the Hellenic Derby at Metropolitan Oval.

“We gave up a penalty in the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately it was the game’s only goal which left us pointless,” rued Doxa’s Foti Bouklis, whose brother Tom turns out for NYGA’s over-30s.

Doxa conceded another PK in the dying seconds but goalie Kern Griffith made the save.

The reserves drew 2-2; NYGA newcomer Timo Schellinger and JT Famularo trading goals with Doxa’s Alex Kiourkenidis and Andreas Michael.


NYGA were triumphant in another Hellenic showdown, albeit in the Over-30 division.  Foti’s aforementioned older brother, Tom Bouklis, was among the marksmen in a 4-0 trouncing of Megas Alexandros at the Con Edison field.

Jimmy Shalom [two] and Sandro Acquista got the other goals.


Leading by example, player-coach Bryan Baracaldo had two assists as promotion side Manhattan Kickers broke their duck in the First Division with a 3-0 victory over Zum Schneider.

He set up goals by Lucas Shanks and Brian Morris before Diego Reinero delivered the coup de grace on Randalls Island.

Kickers [1-1-1, 4] moved into joint third, level with NYGA on the four-point mark.

Gio LoMonaco, assisted by Dennis Kachintsev, struck for the Kicker seconds in a 1-1 draw.



It’s still early days, but Hoboken FC continue to punch their ticket back to the First Division, emphatically. Suddenly ailing New York Ukrainians were crushed 9-0 at Laurel Hill Park with Jeff Natale striking a hat trick in the last 22 minutes.

Cory Chaplin [7th] opened the floodgates and would get a second goal [55th].  Jeremy Witherspoon [12th, 58th], James Reed [51st] and Mark Roussey [63rd] also tallied before Natale took over [68th, 70th, 71st].

However, it was a bittersweet outing for Hoboken [3-0, 9], who top the Division Two South standings.

“Unfortunately, our keeper, Jon-Paul Francini, sustained a serious injury late in the first half and was transported to the hospital by ambulance,” lamented GM Bill Marth. “He had emergency surgery on his right leg.”

The reserve game was goalless.


Rayco Jesus Martin and Marcello Russo crafted CD Iberia’s 3-0 shutout of FC Japan on Randalls Island that kept the Spaniards within three points of Hoboken.

Martin, a new addition from Las Palmas, buried a through ball for his third goal in as many games. Russo’s double [57th, 64th] killed off Japan.

“Overall, it was a good match for us, especially defensively where the previous week we gave up some sloppy goals against Hoboken which cost us,” said David Lago. “Hats off to FC Japan who competed the whole match and fought hard.”

Iberia’s reserves nicked it 3-2 on strikes by Julio Reyes and Eddie “El Tiburon” Lijo.


Williamsburg International was another promotion side celebrating its first victory, 4-2 at the expense of Stal Mielec.

John Kaddo and Mark Gallagher each struck twice at Bushwick Inlet against a Stal side that finished with eight men.  

“Stal had a second half meltdown seeing three players sent off for arguing with the referee,” reported Charles von Rosenberg. “Surprisingly, they played better with fewer players, scoring once to make it 2-1, and again to make it 3-2.”

The reserve game was a thriller, by all accounts.

“Stal scored two early goals -- Williamsburg responded before halftime as Dan Park danced between three defenders before finding Tanner Bone at the back post to make it 2-1,” said Rosenberg. 

“Stal scored on a PK early in the second half. Williamsburg scored three goals in quick succession around the 60th minute; Augustus Esgro set up Danny Rivas
; Koji Tsurumi volleyed in the equalizer, [and] Rich Clements hit a beautiful free-kick from 25 yards for the winner.”

Williamsburg won 4-3.


Four teams are divided by three points in the North.

Rookie side Malatyaspor USA thrashed FC Spring Valley 5-1 at the Aviator Sports Complex to improve to 3-0 [9], three points clear of the chasing pack.

Luis Chinchilla had Spring Valley’s consolation, while compatriot Sebastian Trota scored in the Spring reserves’ 2-1 loss.

On six-points are Manhattan Celtic, Sporting Astoria and Brishna.

Celtic succumbed 3-2 to Brishna, whose Khadim Nbiaye [two] and Idris Mashriqi were on target.  Marco Charnas and Sean Southall were the Celtic scorers.

Shady Amari was the Celtic ‘B’ scorer in a 2-1 defeat.


Sporting Astoria came good on a sizzling hot day to complete a memorable double against old foes Bronx Supreme at McCarren Park.  

“Not only were we facing a team that has gotten the best of us, but we also had the heat,” said Sporting manager Ed Romero. “Luckily, we had great performances from our players and we had U-ADE sports specific sports drink on our sidelines. It kept us hydrated all day which allowed our players to outperform our opponents.”

The fireworks began in the reserve tussle where Kwadwo Kwashie’s goals had Bronx comfortably ahead at one point.

“From three down, we jumped into the second half and scored four goals to win it 4-3,” said Romero.

Jose Alcala [two], Sam Maher and Uche Aladimma connected.

Uche and Jose reprised Astoria’s comeback act in the second fixture after Nana Brobbey had drawn first blood for Bronx. Sporting won 2-1.

“Good day! We got all six points!” Exclaimed Romero. “It is an accomplishment. In our league, it isn’t easy to walk away with all six.”


Timur Mone [two], Andrew Fisher and Dustin Cherry handed CPR Reds their first win of the fall in the second tier, a 4-2 result over NYPD FC.

Diego Martinez and Ugur Goktekin tallied for the Cops. This after the Reds’ second unit had prevailed 5-1 on goals by Stephan Umlauf, Trip Burke and Mike Cuzzi.

Rene Lopez had NYPD’s lone response.

Also in Division Two, Polonia Gwardia blanked Beyond FC 5-0 after the Polish reserves had won 3-1.



Early title contenders Mr. Dennehy’s and NYFC Iliria battled to a 2-2 draw on Staten Island.

Ergi Janku and Sunatillo Khusanov were on target for Iliria, while Nick Codispoti and Chris Kanaval starred for Dennehy’s.  

Both sides sit on seven-points, two behind pace-setters FC Ulqini, who dispatched Ridgewood 3-1.


Shamrocks metro side fell 2-1 to newly promoted BW Gottschee after taking an early lead at St. Michael’s Playground.

Daniel Meola [5th] had the hosts in front at half time. But Christian Paredes and Greg Davis, the latter from Brandon Chairez' pass with less than five minutes left, pulled off the upset.

"While it was a team win, man of the match for me was Sean Towey who selflessly played in three positions as the situation demanded," said head coach John Ryding. “although a strong case could be made for Jarrett Armstrong who made a gut-busting 40 yard recovery run to keep the game at 1-0.”


A late night implosion saw Lansdowne’s Metro One side blow a 2-0 lead and crash 3-2 to Gotham Argo at Pier 40.

Edgar Moreno’s header [30th] and a Richie Morgan penalty [65th] had the Bhoys cruising following the 9 p.m. kickoff.

“The lead was well-deserved, with the Bhoys playing tasty, passing football throughout, and holding a very solid back line,” said manager Gene O’Driscoll. “However, we imploded over the last 10 minutes.”

Gotham’s Federico Testi cut the deficit and after Rutger Heijermans had leveled, the Bhoys’ gamble to push for the winner backfired as they were caught on the break. Testi scored again.


Edison Calle saw his struggling NYC Metro Stars pump in four goals against Deportivo Sociedade on Randalls Island but still come up short in an agonizing 5-4 defeat.

“Another unfortunate loss,” he lamented. “Mamadou Diombera was back on the score sheet and scored twice [23rd, 36th].”

Landry Sanon [47th] and Juan Cungachi [89th] accounted for the other goals.



Ben Alexandre, Eugene Jackson and Jean-Durck Vilsaint fired FC into first place in Metro Two North with a 3-0 romp over Grenadier Zenith at Joseph T. St. Lawrence Sports Complex.

Second place Kelmendi beat Eintracht 3-1, thanks to Naim Kurtovic’s double and one from Valdrin Lekocaj.


Richmond County and Barnstonworth Rovers won in contrasting style to stay joint top in Metro Two South.

Richmond blew out AO Brooklyn 6-0 at Corporal Thompson Park with Marcin Fijalkiewicz [two and three assists] and Ahmed Gabr [two goals and two assists] doing the heavy lifting.

Luis Kaba added a goal, and Peter Zima an assist.

Rovers, meanwhile, edged NY Galicia 2-1 on Randalls Island on goals by Dan Jeon and Kiko Florez. The latter was teed up by Jorge Espanol.

“Down two goals, Richard Lopez gave us a fighting chance by scoring,” noted Galicia’s Javier Caamano. “But Marvin Bowen, our goal keeper, kept us in the game with his nine saves as we were unlucky [not] to tie the match.” 


Richmond County and Barnstonworth Rovers won in contrasting style to stay joint top in Metro Two South.

Richmond blew out AO Brooklyn 6-0 at Corporal Thompson Park with Marcin Fijalkiewicz [two and three assists] and Ahmed Gabr [two goals and two assists] doing the heavy lifting.

Luis Kaba added a goal, and Peter Zima an assist.

Rovers, meanwhile, edged NY Galicia 2-1 on Randalls Island on goals by Dan Jeon and Kiko Florez. The latter was teed up by Jorge Espanol.

“Down two goals, Richard Lopez gave us a fighting chance by scoring,” noted Galicia’s Javier Caamano. “But Marvin Bowen, our goal keeper, kept us in the game with his nine saves as we were unlucky [not] to tie the match.” 


A middle-of-the-table side for most of their time in the CSL, Mola SC have come out of the gates galloping this, posting back-to-back 6-3 victories.

Rookies Gateway FC were the victims this time, mauled on goals by hat trick hero Kevin Brown, Anthony Favara, Rocco Radovani and Wafi.

Omer Capoglu, Edison Nurcellari and Cem Aytac replied for Gateway.

“We tried for a comeback after 4-1, making it 4-3, but fell short,” said coach Cem Kahraman.


At Bushwick Inlet, FC Partizani and Brooklyn Bound produced a 10-goal shoot-out won 6-4 by the latter.

Reynaldo Abadia, Ryan Sin and Dave Allen all struck twice, with Sin and Allen each registering an assist.  Jesse Rossi had two assists for a Brooklyn side that triumphed for the first time. 


For Beyond FC, there was a first win of the campaign when they faced Deportivo Sociedade II on Randalls Island.

Rodney Lozier, AJ Hamami and Adrian Alexandru scripted a 3-2 decision.

Also in Metro Two, Brooklyn Bound outlasted FC Partizani 6-4, Homenetmen tied New York United 3-3 and Sons of Queens pipped NYC Afghanistan 2-1.



The most dominant Over-30 side in New York in the last five years, Shamrocks’ veterans made it three wins out of three with a 3-0 romp over Hoboken FC on Randall Island.

Pat Kelly slammed in a Stephen Ampuero rebound [35th]. Bingo O’Driscoll set up Dave Harvey for number two [50th], while Neil Doran iced it with a bicycle kick [70th] from O’Driscoll’s assist.

“I’m very happy with the performance,” said coach Paddy McCarry. “We played excellent.”

McCarry has led his lads to three CSL Over-30 league championships since 2012.  The Rocks also completed a league and State Cup double in 2016-2017, becoming the first CSL Over-30 team ever to win the Manning State Cup.


While most of the side was reportedly attending a teammate’s engagement party, Pancyprian Freedoms Over-30s were being put to the sword on Randalls Island by Mike Fitzgerald’s rampant Manhattan Kickers Premier.

Premier’s Nick Bill got his head to a Tim Peterson cross [5th] for the first goal. Seamus Kelly neatly converted Khouri Mullings’ center [20th]. Mullings then made it 3-1 [35th] before the interval after Pancyprian got one back.

Pancyprian would continue to test the outstanding FitzGerald, between the sticks, and his defense in the second half, but in vain. 

Further goals by Alex Petrovic [75th] and Stu Kaiser [80th], off assists by Mullings and Bill, respectively, would seal a 5-1 romp.

“Pancyprians are a tougher team to break-down then the score indicated,” noted Fitzgerald.


Randalls Island also proved to be a good hunting ground for Manhattan Celtic’s two Over-30 teams.

David Linn [two], Emin Avsar and John Tanios starred in the Celtic Legends’4-0 drubbing of Brooklyn Gunners, while Celtic Bhoys edged CPR Old Boys 2-1, courtesy of Yuriy Gajev and Julian Mardare.

Steve Duffy was the CPR Old Boys scorer.

“The high noon kickoff and heat was brutal,” noted the Bhoys’ Larry Rice. “That said, both teams put in a great effort with high energy for long spells of the game.”


CPR Orange won the early Rangers bragging rights in the Over-30 division, besting sister club CPR Grays 3-1 on Randalls.

Ronnie Swinkels and Darran Cronshaw [two] connected for the winners, and Stephen McNally for the Grays.



A stunner from Jeremy Wine, “who scores about as often as Halley’s Comet visits,” quipped his manager – and second half strikes by Evan Woodhouse and Gustavo Garro handed Barnstonworth Rovers Old Boys a dramatic 3-2 victory over Doxa Legends.

“Another good win for the Old Boys!” declared the manager, Dave Sheeran, after his side rallied back from 2-1 down to prevail 3-2 at the Verrazano Sports Complex. “I was really pleased with the spirit and fight we showed late in the game.”

Dany Martinez and Tiago Gomes were the Doxa scorers.


Elsewhere in Over-38 action, CPR Legends knocked off SC Eintracht 3-0 off an own goal and efforts by Willian D'Andrea and Jan Carlsen on Randalls Island.

And Justin Stanford had the Shamrock Legends’ face-saver in a 4-1 defeat by America FC at St. Michael’s Playground.













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