LAST MINUTE DRAW
Overlapping fullback Jean Voltaire scored late at Tibbetts Brook Park on Tuesday night to salvage a 1-1 draw for U.S. champions Lansdowne Bhoys against Pancyprian Freedoms.
Midfielder Daniel Bedoya [56th] shot Pancyprian ahead in the back-and-forth tussle, but the visitors would then come under siege.
Lansdowne’s sustained pressure would eventually pay off when Voltaire ran onto an Anthony Grant cross at the back post to equalize [85th].
The Bhoys [3-0-1, 10] climbed into sole first place a point ahead of the Greek-Cypriots and the Shamrocks.
The Bhoys and Pancyprian had both been in action 48 hours earlier.
Lansdowne Bhoys were coming off a 2-0 win over Doxa FC at Joseph F. Fosina HS where Paco Navarro [pen. 25th] and Ovan Oakley connected.
Mike Fernandez [15th pen.] Danny Suspiro, Arten Balaj and Moussa Tigana led Lansdowne’s reserves in a 4-0 haul.
Pancyprian, meanwhile, avenged that 2-0 championship match defeat to NY Greek Americans last June with a 3-0 romp at St. John’s University. Simon Tchoukriel, Ryan Schniederman and Adam Himeno scored.
The Greek reserves run off 4-0 winners, courtesy of Dilan Rockensies [two], Brian Bartichek and Timo Schellinger.
At East River Park, Kevin Grogan’s Shamrocks fought back to edge promotion side Manhattan Kickers 2-1.
James Whyte starred again in the Rocks' second straight league victory – canceling out Brian Morris’ early opener [10th] off Bernie Sheary’s long ball. Whyte upped his tally on the First Division top scorers chart to seven.
Newcomer Ryan Matthews opened his Shamrocks account with the go-ahead goal from Ned Wagner’s assist.
A missed Whyte penalty proved academic while Kickers’ Bryan Baracaldo hit a post as the Rocks held on.
"That was a very valuable win," said Grogan. "It was an under par performance but the most important thing was that we got the three points."
Shamrocks' reserves made it five wins out of five with a 2-0 decision over Kickers ‘B.’’
Darren Coleman [pen.] and Sean O’Neil kept the Rocks six points clear of second place Lansdowne Bhoys ‘B.’
Chris Katona had a goal and an assist in Cedar Stars Academy’s 2-1 decision over New York Athletic Club at Ramapo College.
He opened the scoring and set-up Josue Ortiz for the winner. “NYAC is a great young team,” Cedar boss Oliver Papraniku extolled the opposition.
Patrick Viray was on the mark for NYAC with a “really great strike from about 20 yards out,” said coach Erik Bagwell, albeit lamenting his team’s lackluster performance.
In the curtain raiser at Ramapo, Junior Spinks’ second half hat trick punctuated the NYAC seconds’ emphatic 6-1 victory.
“We had the luxury of three strikers so we started in a 4-3-3 [formation] and it paid off immediately, with Gabe Bagot getting on the end of a swift counter attack two minutes in,” said coach Bill Saporito.
Peter Ceesay and Bagot – again -- scored before Spinks finished off the hosts.
Albinot Berisha had Cedar’s face-saver against the Reserve champions.
Also in the top flight, Central Park Rangers Whites and Zum Schneider tied 0-0 on Randalls Island.
“Tight game with few chances for both sides,” said Eli Vovsha. “We almost nicked it in the last minute. Ruben Areiza was outstanding as a makeshift center back.”
His reserves triumphed 3-1.
Faissal Sanfo pumped in a rebound from Vitaliy Firsov's free kick. And after Zum’s Lloyd Shillabeer had leveled, a fine Sjors van Eck brace won it. His first was a volley and the second a solo effort.
Hoboken FC produced a 12-minute four-goal blitz early in the second half to hammer Williamsburg International 5-0 at Bushwick Inlet.
Tom Hogue [33rd, 51st], George Velasquez [47th, 59th] and Cory Chaplin [55th] tallied for the South leaders [5-0, 15].
“Mark Gallagher hit the post in the first minute and Hoboken's keeper denied Jordan O'Donaghue on the rebound,” noted Williamsburg’s Charles von Rosenberg. “We created good chances in the first half but couldn't put anything away.”
Velasquez [27th] had earlier scored in the Hoboken reserves’ 4-1 romp. Adam Kovonuk [69th], with his first goal for Hoboken (69), and Gleb Mironenko [79th, 88th] got the others.
“Danny Rivas tied the match in the 60th minute, keeping his four-match scoring streak alive. We ran out of gas in the last 20 minutes and Hoboken took advantage with three goals,” rued von Rosenberg.
Wins by Polonia Gwardia and CD Iberia at McCarren Park kept them joint second, five points behind Hoboken.
The Poles bested FC Japan 3-1 [2-1 for the Polish reserves] in the morning while Javi Biero’s double lifted Iberia 2-1 past Stal Mielec in the afternoon fixture.
“We saw ourselves go down in the first half after missing a few chances including one that hit the post by Chello Russo,” said Carlos Vázquez. “In the second half, we regrouped and overcame the deficit with two goals from Javi. Good win for our boys.”
Marcin Jaworek was the Stal scorer.
Kamil Praszkowicz handed Stal ‘B’ a 1-0 win.
In the North, frontrunners Malatyaspor USA and Manhattan Celtic both overcame tricky opponents to remain level on 12-points.
Brothers Engin [two] and Hami Baytar accounted for three of Malatyaspor’s strikes in a 4-2 defeat of CPR Reds on Randalls. Ismail Gul was the other scorer.
The Reds’ second XI won 3-2.
Earlier on Randalls, Celtic saw off Bronx Supreme, thanks to Marco Charnas [two], Gastón Becherano, Shady Amari and Scott Penco.
Celtic ‘B’ prevailed 4-2 on goals by the aforementioned Amari [two] and Bobby De Stefano [two].
FC Spring Valley’s Carlos Jimenez [two] and Carlos Javier were on target in a 4-3 loss to now second place Brishna. The latter are three points adrift of the joint leaders.
Brishna took the opener 1-0.
High scoring KidSuper Samba succumbed 5-4 to NYPD FC at Flushing Meadows after trailing 4-1 at one point.
They were 2-0 down when Yankuba Janneh pulled a goal back on Dylan Cope’s assist. The Cops, who had goals from Gino Cipriano [two], Pat O’Callaghan and Diego Martinez then went up 4-1.
Ebrima Jallow – from Colm Dillane – and Alhoussain Bah [pen.] cut the deficit to 4-3.
And after Ugur Goktekin made it 5-3, a second Jallow effort, created by Chris Peralta, kept youthful Samba alive.
Samba dedicated the match to the late Jorge Palacios, who captained many of the Samba players at Manhattan Soccer Club and Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx.
He died on Oct. 3, less than three weeks after his 25th birthday.
In other Division Two action, Panatha USA pipped Beyond FC 1-0 at Laurel Hill Park.
Daniel Cano and Anatoliy Taranenko crafted a 2-1 win over Gotham Argo on Staten Island to keep Mr. Dennehy’s [4-0-1, 13] on first place FC Ulqini’s heels.
NanaYaw Panford had Gotham’s response, with help from Yosef Shamovsky.
FC Ulqini hit Shamrocks 1960 for seven without response at St. Michael’s Playground to improve to 5-0 .
Ridgewood Romac’s Ayhan Bekdemir and Shpendi Agaj of NYFC Iliria exchanged goals in a 1-1 tie on Randalls Island.
Lansdowne Bhoys’ Metro One side, meanwhile, slipped 1-0 to Deportivo Sociedade.
“They gave it all but just couldn't get a goal after some well worked chances,” moaned Bhoys’ coach Eugene O’Driscoll. “Then with five minutes left they lost concentration at the back and conceded from a close range effort.”
Living up to their rep as BW Gottschee’s “bogey team,” NYC Metro Stars edged fellow promotion side 2-1 at Queens Children’s Hospital.
Ecuadorian Giuseppe Romero [34th] Landry Sanon [75th] scripted the victory. The brothers Amvrosiatos, Dion and Stamtatis, combined for the latter to pull one back. Gottschee netted twice more only to have both goals disallowed.
“It was a case of déjà vu for Gottschee as they fell 2-1 to NYC Metro Stars, who were the only team to beat [us] in the last two seasons of league play, and by the same score line,” noted John Ryding. “Every team has a bogey team and, for now, this one seems to be ours!”
“Another big victory for us,” declared an ecstatic Edison Calle, whose side had dropped their first three games this fall before winning two straight now.
Joaco Lynch's finishing spurred unbeaten South leaders Barnstonworth Rovers to a 4-0 romp over hitherto sizzling Mola SC on Randalls.
He got going after a Gustavo Garro corner had resulted in a Mola own goal. Lynch’s back post header from another Garro corner made it 2-0.
Lynch slotted in his second after controlling John Powell’s long cross and splitting two defenders. Matt Donovan had the assist on his hat trick.
“The back line of Dave Leboff, Nelson Restrepo, Tim Hattori, Josh Davis and Stefano Archangel finally put together a quality effort to earn our first clean sheet of the season in a solid team win,” summed up Hattori.
Rovers [4-0-1, 13] stayed a point ahead of Sons of Queens, who shutout Brooklyn Bound 4-0. Queens moved three points clear of a Mola side that had scored 15 goals in its first three league games this fall.
Also in Metro Two South, Cem Aytac and Peter Zima had goals for Gateway and Richmond, respectively, in a 1-1 tie at the Verrazano Sports Complex.
FC Partizani topped NYC Afghanistan 3-1 at Flushing Meadow.
North pace-setters Missile FC had a forfeit win over New York United that elevated them to 4-0-1 , still two points clear of Homenetmen.
The Armenians also remain unbeaten following a 2-1 decision over Kelmendi, the result of Grigor Kapukranyan’s brace on Randalls Island.
Valdrin Lekocaj was the Kelmendi marksman.
Left winger James Gerbier run riot at Flushing Meadow, setting up a goal and notching a hat trick in Flushing FC’s 4-1 rout of Deportivo Sociedade II.
“Midfielder Gabriel Quesquen opened the scoring with a 20-yard blast [17th] on an assist from James Gerbier,” manager Ryan Wiedman reported. “[Gerbier] wasn't done though, as he was able to grab the first half hat trick with goals in the 21st, 26th, and 44th minutes.”
In boxing parlance, Beyond FC and Grenadier Zenith exchanged knockdowns before the latter scored a late KO in a 5-3 thriller at the Prospect Park Parade Grounds.
“It was a tight game with a lot of near misses on both sides,” remarked Zenith’s Jack Felix.
His side went up 2-0 on goals by Wilkemps Francois and Geraldy Joseph. However, Beyond hit back through Oz and AJ Hammami [two] to lead 3-2.
Zenith would surge back to strike three times, thanks to Peterson Senat, Johny Sainvil [pen.] and an own goal forced by Mimy Duhamel.
Back on Randalls Island, Juan Zaiter and Hasan Redzic scored for an Eintracht side that started with nine men, in a 5-2 loss to Inter New York SA.
East leaders Manhattan Kickers Premier steamrolled Brooklyn Gunners 6-1 on Randalls Island, to extend their hundred percent record to five games.
Khouri Mullings [Ardian Hasko assist], Nick Bill and Filip Loncar got Premier off to a devastating start, all connecting in the opening seven minutes.
Mullings struck again -- off Marko Loncar’s assist – and then teed up Hasko as the rout continued.
“Kickers took their foot off the pedal and allowed Brooklyn to nick one off the post bringing the score to 5-1,” said player-manager Mike Fitzgerald. “Nick Bill would restore the five goal lead with another assist from Marko.”
On a high scoring weekend in Over-30 action, second place Shamrocks rebounded from the 2-1 loss to Kickers Premier the previous week to thrash CPR Orange 5-0.
Dave Harvey, with a 40-yard chip; Johnny McGeeney, Mark Finn, Aidan Morton and Dominick McCartan crushed Orange.
“Just the response I was looking for after the loss to Kickers,” said Paddy McCarry. “I’m very happy with the clean sheet.”
His 4-1  side trails Kickers Premier by three points.
Orange’s sister team, CPR Grays, had a Stephen McNally goal in a 2-1 defeat to NY Greek Americans.
Taso Polydefkis & Co. ended the Pancypian Over-30s’ two-match skid with a 5-1 drubbing of Hoboken Sinatra Park.
Stelio Andreou, Chris Helms, Chris Zisimatos and two-goal hero Taso were on target for the Greek-Cypriots, who finally rolled out a full team after three weeks.
“Yea, full squad,” acknowledged Taso. “The rain flooded the field in the first half; could have been a bigger score had the field not been so flooded in the first half. It cleared by half time!”
Adam Darter and Julian Mardare struck for Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in a 2-1 squeaker over Celtic Legends in their derby clash on Randalls Island. John Tanios was the Legends scorer.
Champions Cozmoz FC trounced CPR Legends 8-0, with three players on the score sheet.
Laidley “Dave” Brown got the requisite hat trick, Richard Purger added four and Nedgy Anson one.
With America FC dropping points in a 2-2 draw with Manhattan Celtic Masters, Cozmoz [4-0, 12] went two points clear atop the East.
Bachir Zeroual and Pedro Borges earned Celtic Masters a share of the points against America FC.
Equally prolific Kickers Legends improved to 5-0  atop the West after blanking Doxa Legends 4-0 at Herbert Lehman HS.
Gilad Bloom [two], John Balson and Joe Whiteman led the charge.
Shamrocks were the other Legends side on fire in the Over-38 Division.
Marcus Nascimento [two], Eoghan McParland and Andy Connolly connected to record the Rocks’ first win of the season, 4-1 at the expense of SC Eintracht at St. Michael’s Playground.
Glenn Rademacher had the lone goal for Eintracht, who started with nine men.
Two goals in the dying minutes saw Barnstonworth Old Boys snatch a 3-3 tie with SC Gjoa at Bush Terminal Piers Park.
Josh Whitford, Ted Elkington and Greg Michel starred for Old Boys.
“A fiercely contested game between two evenly matched teams [and] a tie was probably the right result,” observed Dave Sheeran. “I am so proud of my team for the spirit they showed, 3-1 down going into the last 10 minutes, we never game up and salvaged a point with two late goals.”