From Jay Mwamba
March 21, 2018
Adam Himeno hit a hat trick as Pancyprian Freedoms completed a league double over Hellenic archrivals New York Greek Americans with a 3-1 decision at John J. Burns Park.
Tyler Botte was the Greek scorer in the champions’ second league loss to Pancyprian this season. Their first meeting last October ended in a 3-0 NYGA defeat, earning Pancyprian a measure of revenge following the 2-0 loss to the Greeks in the CSL championship game last summer.
This latest result keeps Pancyprian, now the only unbeaten side in the First Division
[7-0-4, 25] firmly in the title frame.
In the wake of Lansdowne Bhoys’ weekend capitulation to Cedar Stars Academy, the Greek-Cypriots, seven-time CSL champs, are just four points behind the chart-topping Irishmen and reigning U.S. amateur kings [9-2-1, 29], with a game in hand.
NYGA’s reserves triumphed 3-0 in the curtain raiser at Burns Park, thanks to Brian Bartichek, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Jonnikolas Goiochea.
The division title race is now a virtual dead heat following Cedar Stars’ 3-0 romp over Lansdowne at Montclair State University.
Walter Calderon, Sammy Gehman and Christopher Katona scored to cut Lansdowne’s lead to three points [9-2-1, 29]. Second place Cedar [8-2-1, 26] also have a game in hand.
“Disappointment for the Bhoys as they suffer their first league defeat of the season [to] a very good and well organized Cedar Stars team,” conceded club president William McGrory.
The set-back was a double blow for the Bhoys on the evening as their hitherto first place reserves lost 4-2 in the opener.
Brian Kenny and Mike Fernandez twice hauled Lansdowne back. However, Leutrim Saiti, who notched all four Cedar ‘B’ goals on the occasion, was too hot to handle.
With the Shamrock seconds edging Doxa FC ‘B’ 3-2 at Joseph F. Fosina Field, Lansdowne [10-2, 30] slipped a point behind the Rocks [10-1-1, 31] on the standings.
Mick McGreevey, Paul McDaid and Andrew Scott connected for the now first place Shamrock reserves.
Dimitri Argyros, from a free kick, and Alejandro Lopez, with a 25-yard bomb, were the Doxa scorers.
Doxa ‘A’ came back from two down to tie the Shamrocks first XI 2-2 on Michael Corbi’s stoppage time penalty at Joseph F. Fosina H.S.
Kevin Grogan’s men led on Kwesi Mills-Odoi’s brilliant second half brace but the Greeks clawed back with Patrick Alvarez instrumental in the fight back. He set up Dylan Williams for the first goal and then threaded a through ball to Vinny Companion who won the penalty converted by Corbi.
Corbi had hit the woodwork in the first half. “We missed many chances to put the game away,” said Doxa’s Peter Legakis.
Kyle Green and Willya Mekolo scripted Zum Schneider’s first win of the season, a 2-1 squeaker over New York Athletic Club on Randalls Island. Carlo Zanetti had the NYAC goal.
“I've lost eight of my starters since Thanksgiving and haven't really been able to replace them,” lamented NYAC coach Erik Bagwell, whose squad has been depleted by job transfers and other work-related absences.
NYAC’s second unit bounced back from Caesar Lopez’ strike to prevail 2-1.
“One of those one in 100 pops that found the upper 90,” NYAC boss Bill Saporito described Lopez’ goal. “Still, we were bossing the game; we knew we'd have chances.”
They did, leveling from a Lucas Della Ventura free kick on the hour and then clinching the winner through Gabe Bagot [70th].
“We really needed the three points,” remarked Saporito.
Also on Randalls Island, Central Park Rangers’ reserves did all the scoring in a 6-0 rout of Manhattan Kickers ‘B’ 6-0.
Lulu Binabbas, Donje Green [two], Faissal Sanfo, Joe Paljaj [pen.] and Ronnie Mendez were on target.
The first team fixture ended goalless.
“Frustrating game where we were the better team but sloppy at times, and their keeper was man of the match,” said CPR player-coach Eli Vovsha.
Arsene Oka and Ebrima Jallow turned it on in the second half for KidSuper Samba in the Div. Two North leaders’ 3-1 win over Manhattan Celtic at Pier 5.
The Celts’ Brett Walsdorf scored had canceled out Alhoussain Bah’s go-ahead goal for KidSuper in the first half.
Samba [7-1-3, 22] stayed a point ahead of second place FC Spring Valley, who held off CPR Reds 3-2 on Randalls, and Brishna.
Alfredo Godinez, Roberto Garcia and Cristian Hernandez earned Spring Valley the points.
Andrew Fisher and Donal O’Cofaigh replied for the Reds, while Trip Burke bagged all four goals in the CPR reserves’ 4-2 victory.
Brishna had 3-0 forfeit wins over Bronx Supreme in both games.
NYPD FC lost a 10-goal thriller 6-4 to Malatyaspor at Flushing Meadow Field.
Gino Cipriano [two], Carlos Bonilla and Diego Martinez struck for the Cops.
Div. Two South pace-setters Hoboken FC blew a two-goal advantage against Stal Mielec in a 2-2 draw at Laurel Hill Park.
“[We] had control of the match in the first half, but Stal came out strong in the second half and could have scored two or three goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half,” said GM Bill Marth.
Jeremy Witherspoon [41st] and Cory Chaplin [56th] had unbeaten Hoboken [now 8-0-2, 26] cruising before Stal rallied down the stretch [62nd, 76th].
Hoboken’s reserves suffered no such collapse, besting Stal ‘B’ 3-1 on goals by Sam Omosuyl [1st], Andres Vargas [83rd] and Max Stith [88th], who netted his first for the club. Also undefeated [9-0-2, 29], the seconds have a nine-point on the log.
John Kaddo did all the scoring in Williamsburg International’s 3-0 romp over New York Ukrainians at Forest Park.
The visitors put up more of a fight in reserve fixture, striking through Rodrigo Olivar and Rahail Khan in a 3-2 loss. Arturo Bello [two] and Richard Butterworth, from a free kick, won it for Williamsburg.
“Looks like 2018 will be a rebuilding year for us -- we're keeping our heads up,” quipped Boris Shapoval, Ukrainians’ assistant coach.
Chello Russo and David Lago were the architects of CD Iberia’s first spring victory, a 2-1 result over FC Japan on Randalls Island. Ryo Koiso had Japan’s lone response.
“We played a good game versus Japan, missing tons of chances. Japan pulled one back in the second half, but we were able to hold them off,” said coach Carlos Vázquez.
His reserves were rampant in an 8-1 blowout, their biggest win to date in which he added two goals. Javi Beiro [three], David Formoso, Richard Sifuentes and Roberto Roo also tallied.
Ryo Koiso again struck for Japan ‘B.’
With frontrunners FC Ulqini dispatching NYC Metro Stars 4-1 on Staten Island, BW Gottschee and Gotham Argo stayed in contention for second spot with wins of their own.
Ivan Reyes [25th] had what turned out to be Metro Stars’ face-saver against perfect Ulqini [10-0, 30]. “A tough loss for us,” conceded Edison Calle, bemoaning his injured roster.
Gottschee came away from Staten Island with a 3-2 decision over Mr. Dennehy’s. Zioulis Pantellis nodded in Greg Davis’ free kick to draw Gottschee level after Anatoly Taranenko’s opener.
On resumption, Davis and Dennehy’s Andrés Sole traded goals before the former slotted in a Chris Kilcarr pass to make it 3-2. Dennehy’s Taranenko and Sole also scored in the
3-2 loss to Gotham the previous week.
Skipper and Man of the Match Dion “CoCo” Amvrosiatos, the stand-in goalie on the day, preserved Gottschee’s lead with two massive saves.
Said Gottschee head coach John Ryding: “I was very proud of the lads who put a in a terrific shift in very difficult conditions. We had a few guys out with injury and scheduling conflicts and we had to play a few people out of their normal position but it speaks to the depth and flexibility of the squad that we pulled out the three points.”
Gottschee improved to 7-2-2  a point ahead of Gotham Argo who hammered Shamrock 1960 by a 4-1 score line at Pier 40.
Federico Testi had a hat trick of assists by Matteo Catania [two] and Nick "Bash" Bashour. Catania also chipped in with a goal.
At Memorial Field, Paul Duca and Ayhan Bekdemir [two] lifted Ridgewood Romac past NYFC Iliria 3-1.
Olti Vela was the Iliria scorer.
Darren McDermott struck twice for the second game in a row, as Lansdowne’s Metro Div. One side edged last place Deportivo Sociedade 5-4 at Tibbetts Brook Park.
Timmy O'Driscoll, Johnny Power and Matt Salerno also tallied.
The goals came early and often for North leaders Flushing FC in a 9-1 shellacking of Deportivo Sociedade II on Randalls Island.
Midfielder Gabriel Quesquen [6th, 55th, 84th] bagged a hat trick to up his season tally to four goals and one assist this campaign.
“The "double J" offensive threat of James Gerbier and John Ruiz continued, as both found the back of the net for the third game in a row,” reported Ryan Wiedman.
Gerbier had a brace [12th, 60th] to make it nine goals and seven assists in 11 games. Ruiz scored off a Leo Coppola throw-in [33rd] for his third goal in four matches.
Also on the scoreboard was center-back and captain Nick Kaloudis who opened his account this season [pen. 21st, 35th]. His second goal was a header from Ed Krupski’s corner.
Striker Giuseppe Rullo shook the net as well [28th] before going off injured.
Powered by winter signing Glorian Hoxha, Kelmendi [8-1-3, 25] demolished Homenetmen 5-1 at Corporal Thompson Park at stay a point behind Flushing in the North.
Hoxa followed up his nine-goal outburst the previous week against Deportivo with four against Homenetmen. The ex-FC Tirana professional now has 16 goals in three matches this spring.
Valdrin Lekocaj was the other Kelmendi scorer versus Homenetmen.
Down 4-1 to New York United on Randalls Island, Missile FC came back to tie 4-4 and consolidate their mid-table position.
Jo Valentin [two], Jeff Durosier and Ricardo Vil were on target.
The South’s top-of-the-table clash saw number one Mola SC slump 3-0 to number two Barnstonworth Rovers but with no change in the standings. Mola’s lead [9-3, 27], however, was cut to two points by Rovers [8-1-3, 25].
Ali Reza, Adrian Alexandru [two] and Amson Liu crafted Beyond FC’s 4-1 rout of Grenadier Zenith at Kaiser Park.
Robin Andre scored for Zenith.
“We were very disorganized -- players were not playing their role,” complained Zenith manager Jacky Felix.
Simur Imanov netted twice in the first 15 minutes to give AO Brooklyn a 2-0- lead against New York Galicia. But the visitors roared back to win 4-2 on goals by Richar “Lobo” Lopez, Oscar Burgos, Rafael Jara Bravo and Mathias Pena Grez.
Fielding nine men against unbeaten East leaders Manhattan Kickers Premier can only have one outcome as CPR Orange found out on Randalls Island: A drubbing.
Premier’s Aaron Vernnand [18th] and MVP Seamus Kelly [25th, 60th, 85th] did the damage in a 4-0 rout against a side that failed to get a shot on goal.
Premier upped their stats to 10-0-1 , two points ahead of Shamrocks.
Paddy McCarry’s Shamrocks, meanwhile, shrugged off the absence of five starters to silence Brooklyn Gunners 7-0.
Eoin Carew headed in a Mark Finn cross [10th]. Mauricho Eoin blasted in Dave Harvey’s corner [15th] and then made it 3-0 on the half hour, before Pat Kelly [40th] closed the half time scoring.
On resumption, Bingo O’Driscoll [pen. 55th], Finn [65th] and Aidan Mortan [85th] saw off Gunners. Carew had the assist on the last goal.
Finn and Carew shared Man of the Match honors.
“Very happy with the clean sheet and the work rate by the players,” remarked coach McCarry.
At St. John’s University, Pete Halkidis handed Pancyprian Freedoms, the number side in the West, a 1-0 win over Manhattan Celtic Bhoys.
That kept them two points behind Greek Americans who saw off CPR Grays 3-0.
CPR Old Boys had a goal from Adtwen Bruce in a 1-1 draw with Megas Alexandros.
Rebounding from the previous week’s epic 7-6 loss to Doxa Legends, Over-38 giants Cozmoz FC edged CPR Legends 2-1 on Randalls Island.
Duane Pena and Conrad Smith got the champions back on track. Tim Frazier replied for Legends.
“We are missing some key players with injury. Hopefully, we’ll weather the storm,” said Chivon Thornhill.
Errol McFarlane [three], Richie Purger, Julian “Gong” Jordan and Dave Laidley Brown tallied in the defeat to Doxa.
On target seven times against mighty Cozmoz, Doxa opened the floodgates again, pumping five past Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans in return for two.
It was a late deluge, with four of the Doxa goals coming in the last 20 minutes after the Greeks trailed 2-1.
Tiago Gomes struck four times, once from the penalty spot, while Dany Martinez accounted for the other goal.
“Excellent defensive effort by Rovers, especially the goalie [with] spectacular saves,” noted Doxa manager John Trantos. “But they could not hold back the Doxa offensive barrage and our strong desire to win.”
In other Over-38 action, Eintracht’s Josh Lee struck in a 1-1 tie with Shamrock Legends.