By Ralph Chery
Oct. 25th, 2018
You know it was a hard-grind weekend in the top flight when superclub Cedar Stars Academy squeezed by promoted side Hoboken F.C. 1912, 2-1, with last-minute winner. Additionally NY Athletic Club also slimmed by their opponents, NY Greek Americans, by one-goal, defeating them 3-2. Zum Schneider F.C. racked a hard one-goal win too as they downed Doxa S.C., 1-0.
Lansdowne Yonkers F.C. is the only team who had somewhat of a comfortable victory as they blanked Central Park Rangers, 2-0, to win their first league-game of the season.
Cordeiro scores last-minute winner versus Hoboken to keep Cedar perfect
The lone promoted team Hoboken F.C. 1912 was just seconds away from breaking title favorites Cedar Stars Academy’s perfect season but Daniel Cordeiro saved his club with a 92nd minute winner to lead the Stars to a 2-1 victory over their fellow Jersey club on Sunday night home at Capelli Sport Complex.
13 minutes into the game it seemed as if CSA was going to enjoy another walk-in-the-park victory as Christopher Katona converted a spot kick to put the Stars up 1-0.
However Cedar couldn’t go up 2-0, it was Hoboken that scored the next goal when Thomas Hogue headed Jeremy Witherspoon’s pass in the net in the 57th minute.
Hoboken managed to keep a hungry CSA team scoreless for the following 34 minutes. But unfortunately, their defense cracked open in the 92nd minute.
Katona directed a poor clearance back in the box toward Cordeiro, who exquisitely volleyed the ball to the upper left corner to roll Cedar’s winning run to 10 matches.
It was the midfielder’s first league-goal of the season.
NY Athletic stuns NY Greeks 3-2
NY Athletic shocked powerhouse NY Greek Americans with a 3-2 victory on Sunday night away from home at the Metropolitan Oval.
NYAC took the lead in the 20th minute when Francesco Zanetti shot Rafik Mekhaldi’s pass in the net.
10 minutes later, NY Athletic midfielder Laurin Vogel banged a shot in the net from outside the box to give his side a two-goal lead.
NY Greeks scored two goals right back at their opponents before halftime. Conor Hunter scored from Charlie Ledula’s feed in the 35th minute before Ledula scored himself as he pummeled Pat McCann’s cross in the goal in the 42nd minute.
The Greeks couldn’t score a third consecutive goal as they missed several scoring opportunities in the second half. NYAC on the other hand put one of their chances in the goal to win the game as Noah Kossoff knocked Mekhaldi’s cross in the net in the 65th minute.
Lansdowne wins first league-game of the campaign, downing CPR 2-0
Lansdowne Yonkers F.C. recorded their first domestic victory of the season as they downed Central Park Rangers, 2-0, away from home at Randall’s Island Field 75.
Jack Doherty scored the opener in the first half, steering Ovan Oakley’s cross in the net.
Sammy Gehman netted his first goal in a Bhoy jersey in the second half. It was one to remember, Gehman completed a breathtaking individual run with a smooth finish to the lower left corner of the net.
Lansdowne jumps to a 1-4-0 record with this win while Central Park drops to a 0-4-2 record.
Poppensieker nets an 89th-minute winning header versus Doxa
Christopher 'Julian' Poppensieker scored an 89th-minute winning header to carry Zum Schneider F.C. 03 to a 1-0 victory over Doxa S.C. home at Randall's Island Field 75 on Sunday night.
Ifiok Akpandak came close to give Zum an early lead as he banged a shot off the post.
ZSFC continued their quest to hit Doxa's net all the way to the final minute, the club drew eight corner kicks in the last 15 minutes but wasn't able to beat the in-form Doxa keeper until the last one.
"The last one paid off. We finally sunk one and assured ourselves the deserved three points," an excited Alexander Berscheid said, Zum's head coach.
Poppensieker bravely towered up in the six-yard box and headed the second ball of a corner kick in the net in the 89th minute to send Zum home on a winning note. After they started the season with four consecutive losses this victory carries the German club to a three-game winning run in all competitions.