Richmond County FC and Hoboken FC 1912 play out their Week 8 match at Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island, New York (Credit: Hoboken FC 1912)
After a busy Week 8 of games, the CSL Division 2 table is once again majorly shifted. Both Hoboken FC and Real Ole have caught up to Manhattan Celtic in the Top 3 while Polonia Gwardia seemed to return to form against NYPD FC. Even bigger, two lower table sides picked up wins to push them outside the relegation zone.
Here's the full recap:
Saturday, November 2nd
Afghan FC NY vs Manhattan Kickers (0-1)
After Afghan FC’s big victory over Manahattan Celtic last week, they couldn’t make it double against Manhattan Kickers on Saturday.
The lone goal was constructed by Kickers’ James Zaidan who had excellent possession in the midfield, dribbling by two Afghan FC midfielders, then made the connecting through ball to Francois-Xavier Thiolliere who scored on first touch in the 39th minute.
This result makes it four shut outs this season for the Kickers (tied with Celtic) also putting them fifth in total goals scored. Their next game is against Williamsburg International who have conceded the most goals so far this season (26).
This is Afghan FC’s fourth game in a row where the final result is 0-1, favoring the away team. Their next two games in November are away to Beyond FC and NY Ukrainians.
Sunday, November 3rd
Polonia Gwardia NY vs NYPD FC (5-1)
No goal scorers provided by either team.
Polonia Gwardia capture their second win and put 5 past NYPD FC, attaining the most goals scored from this past weekend’s fixtures. This result now puts them in sixth, six points behind Manhattan Kickers who they play next on November 17th. Game will be played at Randall’s Island, where Polonia gained their other win.
This is NYPD FC’s third game this season where they concede four or more goals yet their two wins have seen themselves putting either five or six past their opponents. They’ll need to repeat their winning strategy if they expect to compete for a top spot this season.
Williamsburg International FC vs. Manhattan Celtic (2-2)
Manhattan Celtic were looking to jump back on a winning streak coming up against Williamsburg international but a disallowed goal in the first half kept the scoring equal as Celtic pick up their first draw of the season.
This game saw all of its entertainment in the first half. Celtic raced and put themselves on the scoresheet first but soon enough, Williamsburg's Oliver Harrison took advantage of a weak Celtic pass back which tied up the game 1-1. Williamsburg kept the momentum going when John Kaddo scored off a set piece, 2-1. Before the half was over, Celtic’s Jon Leon made and an absolute incredible strike from 30 yards out. This is the striker’s 3rd goal of the season.
The second half wouldn’t be as quite as eventful. The anticipation for another Celtic goal was always on edge as they contained most of the possession in the Williamsburg half, but Williamsburg held the fort down and the game would end 2-2.
Head Coach of Celtic, Matthew Kane said, “In the end they were happy to hang on for the draw and we felt we didn't hit our level.” Celtic face goalscoring leaders Real Ole FC next, who sit just one point behind Celtic in the league standings.
Real Ole FC vs FC Japan (2-1)
The final score doesn’t reflect the disciple and perseverance that the FC Japan defense showed against the division’s top scoring team, Real Ole FC.
Japan possessed well in the back and were able to control the real estate of their half with and without possession. Real opened up the scoring in the 25th minute. Tejorn Davis had the opening goal from a cutback pass across the six yard line from the talented, Nick vonEgypt. FC Japan would counter with goal in the 43rd off a corner ending the half 1-1.
FC Japan continued to persevere but eventually they would break and Real Ole would be awarded a penalty. vonEgypt scored the penalty in the 82nd minute, securing the win.
Real Ole thoroughly enjoyed hosting FC Japan on their home turf. Patrick Alvarez reached out to add, “What a class act Japan FC was to have at our home facility!”
Even though Real Ole lead the division in goals, they rank 5th with most goals conceded. Their matchup against Manhattan Celtic who have four shutouts and only conceded five goals this season will be the proper appraisers to the Real Ole front line.
Richmond County FC vs Hoboken FC 1912 (0-1)
Hoboken FC keep the fight alive for the top spot in the Division 2 standings as they go home with 3 points against the previously unbeaten Richmond County FC.
“It was always going to be a match decided on hard work and small details,” coach Steve Korfiatis said.
He and his team learned from their mistakes against Celtic earlier in the season, HFC adapted their game to a narrow pitch and quick decisions. HFC’s Dan Shaw puts the only shot in the net after he muscled his way into a solid scoring position after a dangerous corner from Kevin Halliday. Keeping that only goal alive, HFC backfield was anchored by defender Mikhail Attong, and JP Francini in net, earning the shutout.
This is Richmond County’s first scoreless game and first loss of the season, breaking their three goal per game stride. They head to Randall’s Island on November 17th to take on Central Park Rangers. Enough time to get back in their winning ways.
Reserves Highlights: Hoboken FC Reserves played outstandingly, remaining unbeaten and gaining all three points winning 3-0. Goal scorers Max S., Matt M., Ian C., and shutout split by Tyler P. and Zach Y. in net.
Stal Mielec NY vs. Kelmendi FC NY (0-1)
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DeSportiva Sociedad NY vs. Central Park Rangers FC (0-3)
Alex O’Neil and Christ Valentine were the fortress of the Central Park Rangers back line as no shots on goal were recorded in the first half by DeSportiva Sociedad NY. CPR Midfielder Clint Dunn took a chance and made a crafty chip over the keeper to open up the scoring in the 35th minute.
Though DeSportiva put five on the back line, CPR continued to find ways to score. Second on the scoresheet for CPR was newcomer, Edoardo Costa. Costa, early in the second half, took a magnificent shot off a near post volley that no keeper could have saved. It was truly one for the highlight reel.
Though only up by two, CPR took advantage of their lead by emptying the bench and experimenting with their 2nd half formation. Striker Jonah Beecher joined his teammates on the scoresheet as he netted the team’s third near the 75th minute which would seal it for CPR and earned the team its first cleansheet of the season.
FC Ulqini vs NY Ukrainians – Rescheduled
Due to the New York Marathon this game has been rescheduled.