Lansdowne Yonkers FC poses for a team photo prior to its Irish Derby game against New York Shamrock SC on Saturday, November 2 (Credit: Lansdowne Yonkers FC)
Two player in Week 8 set the pace for their teams in terms of output. Lansdowne Yonker's Dean Dillon and New York Greek Americans' Jordan Ayris combined for six goals in their team's wins over the weekend. Both players did not start the season with their respective clubs, with Ayris starting his first game with NYGA on Sunday, but both have quick made a name for themselves in the CSL.
These two and more helped set a new Division 1 leader while more teams begin to pick-up wins before the winter break. Teams also have the upcoming state tournaments this week meaning the decision to rest or go all-out is always a factor. Here's the full recap:
Saturday, November 2
Lansdowne Yonkers FC v. New York Shamrock SC (2-0)
In this season’s first instalment of the CSL’s Irish Derby, Lansdowne Yonkers FC dominated New York Shamrock SC, 2-0, and took sole possession of the top spot in Division 1.
Dean Dillon, one of the Bhoys’ new signings this season, scored both of his team's goals during the game’s first half. His total has increased to four this season in league play in addition to three more scored during Lansdowne’s run in 2020 U.S. Open Cup Qualification.
The Shamrocks put up a response in the second half, pushing Lansdowne back and find ways around the backlines. Keeper Abdoukarim “Kabo” Danso was forced to make a few saves during the final stretch but the team held a comfortable lead until the final whistle.
Lansdowne will compete in Werner Fricker Amateur Open Cup action this Wednesday before heading into a bye week for the league. The team will take on New York Greek Americans on Sunday, November 17 on the road. The Shamrocks’ penultimate game of the fall season will be against Sporting SC on the road on the 17th as well.
Sunday, November 3
Sporting SC v. New York Athletic Club (0-1)
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For the first time since May, New York Athletic Club won its second game in-a-row after the team defeated Sporting SC, 1-0, at Soundview Park in the Bronx.
The win puts NYAC at three wins this season, over half of its total from 2018-19 (5), and keeps the team firmly away from the bottom two spots in the league. Sporting remains at three points and in 10th place after seven games played.
A hard foul in the Athletic Club box around the 20th minute setup Sporting to take control, with a penalty awarded and the visiting team forced to play with 10 men due to a red card. That shot was blocked and NYAC began to push back up field and minutes later the Sporting keeper was sent off with a red card due to a foul against NYAC.
Sporting dominated long stretches of the game but an error in the final 10 minutes cost the group any points. After a failed clearance by Mike Natsu, the ball fell to a NYAC forward’s feet who played around the back-up keeper and scored into the open net.
“We all knew that this could very well happen, 95% of the team is new,” Sporting manager Ed Romero said after the game in an email. “We have talent we just now need to work on our chemistry and putting the right players together. We have 3 games left. Nothing is lost. The last thing we will lose is hope.”
Sporting will host New York Shamrock SC this Sunday as both teams try to gain ground out of the relegation zone before the midway point of the year. Athletic Club will try to make it three-in-a-row against KidSuper Samba AC this Saturday at Baker Athletics Complex in Upper Manhattan.
Doxa FC v. Zum Schneider FC 03 (3-1)
The league leaders heading into the weekend, playing on the road and without many of its regular players, struggled and eventually fell to Doxa FC on Sunday night. The loss pushes Zum Schneider FC 03 into second place in the Division 1 table while Doxa keeps pace with 11 points through seven games.
Doxa manager Peter Legakis explained afterwards that the team practiced tactics specifically for the game against Zum.
“We new would not be an easy one against a Zum side that puts the ball down and plays nice futball,” he said in an email.
For almost 70 minutes Doxa controlled the game, pressuring the Zum keeping into making multiple saves and hitting the goal-post three times. Despite this, both teams traded goals in the first ten minutes. Alex Tejera, off Federico Curbelo pass, put Doxa up after five minutes but Zum responded in the 10th with a score by Jordan Trinci-Lyne.
Despite his team being in the game early, head coach Alexander Berscheid admits this was more to “survive.” With the lack of players and his team making too many errors during play he knows the right result happened.
Curbelo took the lead back for Doxa in the 20th minute and the team never struggled from there. The final score for the team came with 15 minutes to go as Junior Rosero sent a precise cross to second half substitute Ibrahim Lewally who finished off the chance.
Doxa will look to take the momentum into its next match against Cedar Star Academy this Sunday while Zum stays on the road for a second straight week. The team will need to rebound quickly as it heads to St. John's University on Sunday to face the New York Pancyprian Freedoms.
KidSuper Samba AC v. New York Greek Americans (1-5)
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The New York Greek Americans started the month of November off with both a win and a huge result for a new player. In his second game with the team, Jordan Ayris scored four of the Greek’s five goals against KidSuper Samba AC. The result brings his total to five all year and pushes him into the Top 5 for Division 1 top goalscorers.
“It was quite an interesting match overall,” Greek manager Frank Bouklis said afterwards. “(Our) strong form was too much to handle for KSS. Lack of structure on their end left them overexposed for counters.”
The team’s biggest counter came in the first half when the Greeks won a penalty kick. River Seybolt stepped up for the shot but his attempt went left and hit off the inner crossbar. The ball ricocheted to Ayris’ feet, who planted in the goal to take the lead, 2-1, and awarded the assist to Seybolt.
Tom Sucheki scored the third goal after that, assisted by Ayris, while James Greco, Shaun Foster, and Daniel Quierro all picked up assists during the game. The single assist for Greco is his fourth of the year, tying him with three others for the third most through eight weeks.
KidSuper will have little time to recuperate as they host the New York Pancyprian Freedoms on Wednesday before heading into a bye week from league play. The Greek Americans will host Lansdowne Yonkers FC next Sunday in a game that could determine a new Division 1 leader.
New York Pancyprian Freedoms v. Cedar Stars Academy (4-1)
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For the fourth time in 2019, Cedar Stars Academy fell to the New York Pancyprian Freedoms. This 4-1 loss marks the second regular season defeat for CSA against the Freedoms, including the Spring 2019 season, as well as both 2020 U.S. Open Cup qualification and last season’s CSL Division 1 Final.
Bradley Nestor was the MVP for the defending league champions, scoring twice and assisting on a third goal during the match, while John-Brown Owen Jr. and James Tristino rounded out scoring. Travis Cantrell, James Nealis, and Owen all assisted on seperate goals as well.
Pancyprian technical director Panayiotis Onisiforou knows that despite CSA being in a transition, with player transfers seeing some regular faces move on, they couldn’t sleep on the team.
“I believe 4-1 was a fair result, we dominated from the get go,” Onisiforou said. “We know Cedar Stars are in a bit of a transition but still a tough opponent. We played well and everyone contributed.”
The Stars have not won a game since mid-October, going 0-1-2, and currently sit in third place in the Division 1 table. The two time reigning D1 Finalists will host Doxa FC this Sunday at Ramapo College. The Freedoms meanwhile will play KidSuper Samba AC this Wednesday at home before having a week off from league play.