Manhattan Celtic vs. Central Park Rangers Reds at Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park - March 18th, 2018 - Photo by Johan Abdu
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A big win for the Reds as they see off traveling Celtic 2-1 in a hard-fought win at Pier 5.
Despite the cold, it was Central Park Rangers Reds who came out red hot with a 2-1 win over Manhattan Celtic at Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Reds now have their 4th consecutive win, climbing up to a comfortable 2nd place in the Northern Division 2, while Celtic now sit below mid-table, struggling to maintain form.
Referees and players take to the field. - March 18th, 2018 - Photo by Johan Abdu
Manhattan were set to face the Rangers on the back of a 6-2 thrashing of Sporting Astoria SC and had the upper hand as they faced them already at the start of the season, winning 4-3 at Pier 40.
With both teams not backing down throughout the whole 90 minutes, it was going to take huge effort to bring a good result at kickoff.
Questionable defense in Celtic's half made it hard to prevent them from going a goal down by the 24' minute. Rangers kept positive possession despite heavy tracking from the Irish side.
By the beginning of the second half, the Reds kept a heavy press against Celtic, dispossing them and leading to a second goal.
But good come to those who wait and Celtic winger Omar Amari was one of many who waiting and with chances galore for his side; their counter-attacking towards the dying minutes of the match proved too much for Central Park, who were away from their own half and gave Celtic a lifeline at 2-1.
Amari wasn't safe from the referees, though, and was given a red card late into the match.
In the end, the result stayed at 2-1 and now leaves Celtic to stay in Brooklyn against North D2 leaders KidSuper Samba ACnext weekend. Head Coach Matt Kane didn't let the win affect his outlook on his team's overall game.
“I was happy with how we played ourselves, particularly after being 2-0 down, thought some of the goals we conceded were down to silly mistakes by our players but still [after being 2-0 down] we fought & we dominated the majority of the game where it was being played.
…the league is quite close so we’re still confident we can go on a get a few more wins.”
The Reds, however, came with a game plan and maintained solid physical play and collected all three points. When asked about their team's biggest winning factor this time around, the Reds' coaching staff simply said: "Our size, our hustle, our camaraderie…we got the best group of lads in the League, for sure!"
Central Park Rangers Reds will face FC Spring Valley on March 25th as both teams look to top the North with a win, both teams on 18 points in the North D2 Table.