“Close but no cigar” must’ve been the anguished feeling at East River Park after hosts Manhattan Kickers came within 12 minutes of stunning CSL champs New York Greek Americans.
The promotion side led 3-1 on Man of the Match Mohamadou “Remi” Diaby’s double [20th, 77th] and a Brian Morris strike that Remi assisted on.
Then the Greeks roared back. Patrick Figueiredo; Dilan Rockensies, who’s 17; and John Sabal connected to force a 3-3 tie.
Kickers were coming off a 3-0 win over Zum Schneider the previous week.
The reserve tussle at East River Park ended 3-1 in Kickers favor, with Almir Hot [two] and Senan Lonergan, who also had an assist, on the mark. Andrew Chou and Jared Lichtarge had the other assists.
Lionel Belo scored for NYGA ‘B.’
Scotsman James Whyte’s brace keyed a 3-1 victory over Doxa FC at St. Michael’s Playground, elevating the Shamrocks into joint second with U.S. amateur champs Lansdowne Bhoys on the CSL First Division log.
A recent signing from the Dubai Irish, Whyte, who’s 26, was on target in the 21st and 72nd minutes, to bring his chart-topping tally in the top flight to six goals from four games. Ned Wagner [60th] had the other goal.
Doxa’s Kareem Joachim converted a late penalty [75th].
Joey Aronovsky scored for the Shamrocks second in a 1-0 win over Doxa ‘B’ also extended their flawless record to 4-0 .
Lansdowne, meanwhile, made it two wins out of two in the CSL with a 2-1 defeat of Cedar Stars Academy at Tibbetts Brook Park.
Following a typically frenetic start between the two teams, the Bhoys fell behind to a Sammy Gehman free kick [25th].
Lansdowne responded with a Michael Holzer header from Lukas Zarges’ cross and Jean Voltaire’s ultimate winner [40th].
The Bhoys had to withstand a late Cedar rally to claim full points.
“Bhoys keeper [Kabo] had to save his best for last, making an outstanding one handed diving stop at his bottom right post,” said Lansdowne president William McGrory.
Lansdowne’s second unit won 1-0 on Moussa Tiagoa’s free kick.
First Division Reserve titlists NYAC finally came good, dispatching Zum Schneider ‘B’ 4-0 on Travers Island.
“About time we won a game,” said coach Bill Saporito. “The score line is a bit flattering. Zum played as well as any team we've faced, but in this match we finally got some lethal finishing.”
That came from Gabe Gagot, who tucked away the first goal on a “semi-breakaway” midway through the first half, Saporito reported.
Ryan O'Donnell got the second before the interval. Gagot added to his tally, “with a gorgeous solo run through a couple of defenders and a cool finish,” before Alex Meisel slammed in the fourth off the crossbar in the final minutes.
The win moved NYAC [1-2-1, 5] into third place, seven points behind the flawless first place Rocks.
NYAC’s first XI remain atop the First Division table despite a goalless tie with Zum ‘A.’
Andrea Chronis [pen.], Adam Himeno and Andreas Iosifidis scripted Pancyprian Freedoms’ first win of the campaign, 3-0 at CPR Whites’ expense at St. John’s University.
“They were better than us and deserved to win,” conceded Eli Vovsha.
His reserves were cruising 4-1 in the second half before being pegged back 4-4 down the stretch.
“Ivan Cotelea scored early, and Alex Subin made it 2-1. Sjors van Eck then scored twice to make it 4-1 early in the second. Joe Paljaj and Ilya Kamesh had assists. But incredibly we capitulated against a team we completely dominated for 60 minutes,” rued Vovsha.
Mario Gagliano, Costa Meleties and Chris Kouma [two] tallied for the Greek-Cypriots.
Relegated from the First Division in 2015, and unsuccessful in two promotion bids since, Hoboken FC are laying down a strong marker for a return to the upper echelon this campaign. A 3-1 decision over Beyond FC at Laurel Hill Park extended the Jersey side’s hundred percent record to 4-0  atop Division Two South.
James Reed [15th], Jeremy Witherspoon [70th] and Cory Chaplin [86th] scored in the Garden State derby. Beyond pulled a late goal back [(88th].
Alex Wallin [14th] and Andrew Stauble [21st] netted in the Hoboken reserves’ 2-0 win.
Promotion side Williamsburg International smashed Panatha USA 8-1 on Randalls Island to join two other teams five points behind Hoboken.
“Mark Gallagher led the way with a brace and two assists, notching his 50th and 51st goals for the club,” reported Charles von Rosenberg.
Gallagher joins Andreas Moudatsos  as the only other Williamsburg player to score more than 50 CSL goals.
Nicolas Mikolenko and Jon Tucker each struck twice, with Zach Mikolenko and Mark Schuber adding one apiece.
Williamsburg’s reserves were equally emphatic in a 4-0 romp. Danny Rivas got two goals on assists from Rich Butterworth and Augustus Esgro. The latter headed in a Charles von Rosenberg cross, while Turner Baker recorded the fourth, thanks to Seth Graves.
Winless in their first three games, New York Ukrainians picked up their first point from a 2-2 draw with CD Iberia [another team in pursuit of Hoboken] at McCarren Park.
It must have felt like déjà vu for Steve Kovalenko’s men when Ivan Hernandez’s powerful free kick shook the net in the first half. But Kareem Roberts and Kevin Kretschmer hit back for the Ukrainians in the second half.
However, Hernandez would come to Iberia’s rescue.
“Ivan was able to save us a point in the 80th minute with a great goal after turning defenders and finishing calmly pass the keeper,” said Carlos Vázquez. “Good game by both teams.”
“[Goalkeeper] Lukasz Stankowski was Man of the Match, making terrific saves all game long against a very strong CD Iberia attack,” said Ukrainians’ Boris Shapoval.
Ukrainians’ reserves prevailed 4-0 on goals by Man of the Match Rahail Khan [two], Kassem Alkasimi and Takeshi Sumiya.
At Corporal Thompson Park, Malatyaspor, early pace-setters in the North, came up a short in a thrilling tit-for-tat shoot-out with fellow newcomers KidSuper Samba. Eleven goals were scored with the Samba boys running off 6-5 winners.
Coached by veteran Brazilian coach Wilson Egidio, Samba had a response every time Malatyaspor went ahead.
First Alhoussain Bah leveled from Yankuba Janneh’s assist, and then Ebrima Jallow restored parity when Malatyaspor led 2-1. Anthony Flores had the assist on what would be the first of Jallow’s hat trick.
Samba replied in spades after Malatyaspor’s next goal. Jallow [Admir Nezaj], Bah [Colm Dillane] and Yankuba Janneh [Jallow] struck back in that order to turn a 2-3 deficit into a 5-3 lead.
Refusing to capitulate, Malatyaspor cut it to 5-4, and after Jallow had completed his trey, connected again.
Jallow ended up with five goals on the night following a brace in the Samba reserves’ 3-2 loss. He was teed up by Dillane and Mana Ali.
Malatyaspor’s defeat and a 5-1 romp over undermanned Sporting Astoria at Forest Park Victory Field enabled Manhattan Celtic to join the former on top of the North standings. Both have nine points after four weeks.
New signing Marco Charnas [two], Gastón Becherano, debutant Edgar Lopez and Jon Leon starred for the Celts.
Said coach Matt Kane of Charnas’ brace: “His fifth and sixth goals of the season. He’s been a phenomenal addition to the squad.”
Jose Alcala scored in both games for an Astoria side still struggling for numbers as a result of playing miles away from their regular Bronx home field. Their reserves also slumped 5-1.
“[We] only had six first team players and had five players play [both] games,” said Astoria manager Ed Romero. “We will be back home for our next two home games so we will be OK, hopefully.”
Three points behind the North frontrunners with a game in hand, CPR Reds swamped Brishna 6-4 at Flushing Meadow Park.
Khadim [two] and Mohammad Y. Mashriqi were among the Brishna scorers.
The curtain raiser ended 1-1 with Brishna’s Nasrat Sultani and Stephan Umlauf [CPR] on the score sheet.
Also in the second tier, FC Spring Valley blanked NYPD 3-0 at Pomona Middle School on goals by Cristian Hernandez [two] and Omar Aragon.
This after the NYPD reserves had triumphed by the same score line, courtesy of Rene Lopez, Stan Jacquet and Terry Wilson.
Mr. Dennehy’s edged Lansdowne Bhoys 3-2 at Tibbetts Brook Park for their third win in four starts.
Jordie had a quick Bhoys’ response to Francisco Patino’s opener for Dennehy’s. However, Andres Sole and Anatoliy Taranenko had the visitors 3-1 up by the 70th minute.
John Power’s late effort for the Bhoys [85th] made for a tense finish.
“Tough loss for the Metro Bhoys against a well-organized Dennehy’s team,” said Lansdowne’s McGrory.
Dennehy’s [3-0-1, 10] are two points behind Metro One leaders FC Ulqini who blew out Deportivo Sociedade 9-1 on Staten Island.
Third-place NYFC Iliria clawed and scratched with nine men to hold BW Gottschee 3-3 on Randalls Island.
“First half we were down to 10 guys and losing 2-1. Second half, [we lost] one more to a red card, but we managed to equalize through me and go ahead through Mohamed [Bagagnan],” said Ergi Janku.
Bruno Costa was the other Iliria scorer.
Gregory Davis, Stamatis Amvrosiatos and Joseph Lobosco were the Gottschee marksmen.
Unbeaten Iliria [2-2-0, 8] moved a point ahead of Gottschee.
Also on Randalls Island, mid-table Ridgewood Romac had goals from Ayhan Bekdemir and Dani Ceabuca in a 2-1 squeaker over Gotham Argo.
Nicholas Chang replied for Dana Dimon’s side.
Elsewhere in Metro One, NYC Metro Stars snapped a three-match losing streak with a 3-1 defeat of Shamrocks 1960 side on Randalls.
Guisseppe Romero [25th, 78th] and Tassere Kindo [49th] did the needful for Edison Calle’s outfit. Kevin Curran netted for the Irishmen.
Missile FC’s fusillade claimed another victim as the upstate side maintained its two-point lead atop the Metro Two North table.
Santos Ebelson, Jo Valentin, Eugene Jackson and Lens Alexis [two] led the charge in a 5-1 battering of SC Eintracht on Randalls Island. Andreas Lazar got Eintracht’s consolation.
Missile improved to 3-0-1 , ahead of a Homenetmen club playing its best soccer in years. The Armenians [2-0-2, 8] edged Beyond FC 3-2 at Prospect Park Parade Grounds.
Vardan Tigranyan, Tigran Nikoghosyan and Aram Hovsepian were the Homenetmen heroes. Samuel Gozan and Osama replied for Beyond.
Jhalil Sallet’s early brace spurred Flushing FC to a 4-1 thrashing of NY United in the late match on Randalls Island. He struck twice 14 minutes into the match to up his tally to four goals in as many weeks.
Edyson Salnave [23rd] restored Flushing’s two-goal advantage, after a United penalty, for his fifth of the season.
“The match would stay this way until the 90th minute when James Gerbier scored a 20-yard curler to make it 4-1,” said manager Ryan Wiedman’s whose lads are third in the North, three points off the pace.
In a tussle that ebbed and flowed, Grenadier Zenith conceded three straight after leading 2-0, then struck twice again without response in an exciting 5-3 affair with Kelmendi FC.
“We scored two goals early then we got sloppy and they scored three goals to lead,” admitted Zenith manager Jack Felix. “We regained our composure and scored [two] unanswered goals.”
Geraldy Joseph, Rolim Andre [two], Peterson Senat and Michelet Alesis were the Zenith marksmen.
Valdrin Lekocaj and player-manager Naim Kurtovic [two] had Kelmendi’s goals.
“They have good players with very good positioning and passing skills,” Felix lauded Kelmendi.
Pace-setters Barnstonworth Rovers [3-0-1, 10] stayed a point ahead of the pack in the South with a spirited 4-2 win over AO Brooklyn at Abraham Lincoln HS.
“We always have back and forth battles with AO Brooklyn and this game was no exception,” noted Timothy Hattori.
It started with Jordan Bresaluer shooting Brooklyn ahead, and then Gustavo Garro winning the penalty from which Rovers’ Joaco Lynch leveled.
“We went into halftime 1-1 with even play, but again failing to finish too many early chances,” Hattori lamented.
At any rate, Dan Jeon’s brace – the first goal off a Pipe Gil flick-on and the second on Garro’s through ball -- put Rovers 3-1 up.
Lazlo Barna would cut that to 3-2 but Lynch’s individual insurance goal sealed it.
“They had the prettier goals but we generated lots of chances and wore them down,” Hattori summed up.
Make that three straight wins for Mola SC in Metro Two.
Rocco Badalamenti, Wafi and Salvatore Ingravallo connected in a 3-1 defeat over NYC Afghanistan at the Verrazano Sports Complex that kept Mola joint second [both 3-0, 9 pts] in the South with Sons of Queens.
NY Galicia had a hat trick from Carlos Espinosa in a narrow 5-4 loss to Sons of Queens on Randalls Island.
“Carlos [had] a free kick for his first, a penalty, and a screamer from 25 yards for his third,” coach Javier Caamano recounted.
Caamano’s through ball to Jose Campoverde yielded a fourth Galicia goal, “but unfortunately we came up short again,” he rued. “We are hoping to bounce back come next game after starting off strong in the season.”
On a weekend of several high-scoring fixtures, Richmond County and Brooklyn Bound produced a dramatic ending 12-goal thriller at Bushwick Inlet. When the dust had cleared, Brooklyn had held off Richmond 7-5.
“A wild game,” Richmond director/manager Halid Brkanovic summed up. “We were down 4-0 at halftime and down 6-0 with 16 minutes left.
“We made it 6-5 with two minutes left and had a chance to tie from a free kick at the end. However, we missed the chance and they scored on a counter on the last play of the game.”
Brooklyn tallied through Rey and Dave Doirin, who both notched a brace and two assists; Mohamed Oukili with a goal and an assist; and Andrew Burgos and Kende with a strike each.
Sparking the Richmond fightback were Omar Alkasimi, Kemal Brkanovic [two assists also]; the Gabr brothers Ahmed and Mohamed and Peter Zima.
Brooklyn boss Jesse Rossi had props for Richmond’s resilience. “They never gave up when they were down 6-0 [and] fought back to make it 6-5. That says a lot about the toughness of their team.”
Gateway FC’s Onur Balaban, Marco Thiem Kasier [two] and Omer Capoglu scored in a 4-4 tie with FC Partizani on Randalls Island.
Inter New York SA narrowly defeated Deportivo Sociedade New York Second Team 3-2.
Mike Fitzgerald’s Manhattan Kickers Premier nicked a 2-1 decision in their early top-of-the-table clash with former Over-30 champs Shamrocks on Randalls Island.
Aaron Vennard [50th] and substitute Ardian Hasko [80th] – the latter from Stu Kaiser’s pass – canceled out Davey Harvey’s first half strike [25th] to stretch Premier’s hundred percent record into Week 4.
“We tried very hard to get back into the game but Kickers defended great,” said McCarry.
The Rocks [3-1, 9] dropped to second place in the East – three points behind Premier.
Also on the nine-point mark in the East are CPR Orange, whose Darran Cronshaw and Randall Klitz scored in a 2-0 defeat of Megas Alexandros at the Con Edison Field.
Manhattan Celtic’s three Over-30 teams posted a hat trick of victories.
John Tanios [two] and Tal Sheynfeld led Celtic Legends to a 3-1 win over Pancyprian Freedoms at St. Michael’s Playground.
The result kept them joint second with NYGA atop the West following the Greeks 5-2 drubbing of Hoboken FC at Sinatra Park. Enzo Coniglaro [three] and Jimmy Shalom [two] starred for the Greeks.
At Pier 40, Celtic Bhoys blanked Central Park Rangers Grays 3-0. Jaime Gonzalez, Julian Madare and Patrick Dougherty connected.
“There are no easy games in the West division,” said the Bhoys’ Larry Rice.
Later at Pier 40, Kevin Booth had the lone goal in Celtic Masters’ 1-0 Over-38 win over CPR Legends.
CPR Old Boys broke their duck with an emphatic 9-0 wipeout of Brooklyn Gunners.
Matt Hureau [two], Brandon Levy [two], Ernest Subah [two], Dave Sawyer, Seb Sobczak and Eli Vovsha powered Old Boys to their first win of the campaign.
In-form Kickers Legends annihilated Banatul SC 10-2 in the Over-38 Division to bring their goal tally to a league-high 22 in four weeks.
The prolific Gilad Bloom accounted for four goals – his second a header from a David Gouldstone cross. Scott Conti, Joe Whiteman and David James Stewart [two] also chipped in.
“Debutant Kevin Adamson-Jackes, joining Over-38 action after a season with the firsts, scored as well, to make it 9-1,” reported Eddie Yee Woo Guo. “Yadh Yaich ended the game with a thumping 30-yarder to give Legends their first double-digit [win].”
Kickers [4-0, 12] top the West.
In the East, defending champs Cozmoz FC had a forfeit win over the Shamrocks Legends.
Barnstonworth Rovers Old Boys knocked off sister club Rovers Veterans 4-0 at Bush Terminal Piers on goals by Aldo Morales, debutant Ted Elkington, Brent Heimlich and Jim Beck.
“Another confident win for the Old Boys,” manager Dave Sheeran declared.
SC Gjoa defeated Doxa FC Legends 3-0, America FC 1927 defeated Eintracht 4-0, Celtic Masters defeated CPR Legends 1-0.