Hoboken FC 1912 pose before playing Richmond County on Saturday night (Credit: Hoboken FC 1912)
The weather contributed to all the action last weekend in the first division. Six games across two days saw a ton of offense as the top 3 (Hoboken FC 1912, Manhattan Celtic, and New York Shamrock SC) put up a combined scoreline of 11-3. In addition, Zum Schneider FC 03 II picked up it's first win of the season.
Here is last weekend's action from the CSL:
Please note, Wednesday's match between Manhattan Kickers and New York Shamrock SC will be covered in next week's recap.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Richmond County FC vs. Hoboken FC 1912 (1-2)
Hoboken FC 1912 remains at the top of the table after beating Richmond County FC, 2-1, in Week 5’s opening match.
“We knew going into the match that talent isn't enough to win these types of contests and that the team that works harder, shows more desire and remains focused will come away with the points,” Hoboken head coach Steve Korfiatis said after the match in an email. According to him, both teams, which played two friendlies over the long summer and know one-another well, was physically and emotionally draining.
Overall, neither team really held total control during the game. Richmond’s Mark Shnadshteyn scored for the home team early on off a deflection amid a torrent of attacks, but his team’s offense struggled to push via organized team play.
Hoboken was able to reorganize following the intermission according to Korfiatis. A bit of attack finally paid off when Kevin Halliday found Timor Tcherniavski, who scored off a Richmond player to even it up. The game’s momentum moved more towards the visitors and, almost inevitably, they took the lead when Danny Herrera’s corner found the head of captain Mikhail Attong and slammed into the top right corner off the crossbar.
Polonia SC will visit Hoboken this Sunday as the division leaders look to remain consistent. Now sitting at the opposite end of the table, Richmond will host Zum Schneider FC 03 II the same day.
Stal Mielec NY vs New York Greek Americans II (Postponed)
Sunday’s match between Stal Mielec NY and New York Greek Americans II was not played. Two members of the Greeks’ organization tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and were immediately sent home. All of the organization's games (both in CSL and the Eastern Premier Soccer League) were postponed to a later date.
Team manager Frank Bouklis gave an update in an email over the weekend.
“All our players have been getting tested over the weekend and have all been coming up negative,” he said. “Seems it's contained and we`ll be good to play next weekend after our players all get tested a 2nd time later in the week.”
The Cosmopolitan Soccer League wishes the two affected members all the best during their recovery.
Polonia SC vs Manhattan Kickers (3-0)
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It’s official; Polonia SC has a winning streak. The Polish heritage side scored three unanswered goals Sunday night and beat Manhattan Kickers, 3-0, for its second straight win.
For Manhattan, the frustrating defeat comes after a good showing which included holding most of the ball possession during the 90 minutes. An early goal from the home side, which a few Kickers defenders vehemently described as offside, took the team off its paces.
“To Polonia's credit they had three opportunities and scored on all three,” Kickers’ head coach Bryan Baracaldo said when talking about his opponent. “The other two goals came late in the game and we felt we deserved better but I honestly feel that first goal messed us up psychologically.”
The Kickers will need to rebound quickly as they take on New York Shamrock SC on Wednesday. Polonia will visit division leaders Hoboken FC 1912 on Sunday.
(Note: Polonia SC has, as of now, been deduected 3 points following this match for an undisclosed issue)
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Beyond FC vs Zum Schneider FC 03 II (1-4)
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A chilly and rainy start to Sunday saw Zum Schneider FC 03 II pick up their first win of the season over Beyond FC, 4-1.
“I am very proud of the effort our team put in on Sunday,” Zum II head coach Ryan Horch said in an email. “We executed an all around solid performance and are looking to build on this momentum and continue to earn results and show our quality.”
Bobby Khosravi got the visitors on the board twenty minutes into the match and not long after Stephen Ojo, assisted by Soham Kathuria, doubled Zum’s lead. The second score came after a long string of pressure from Zum with the finishing touch being a quick cross and redirect into the net by Ojo.
Besides the offense, Zum’s defense held the line for nearly the entire match. Central defender Joe Lee helped lead the backline, pressuring and disrupting multiple Beyond attempts to get in behind. Beyond’s Sergio Gomez, who already has a score to his name this season, consistently battled Lee with the latter holding strong.
However, the home team was able to muster a response thanks to consistent pressure, a turnover at midfield, and a quick counter to make it 2-1.
That was it for Beyond’s offense though who were held scoreless the rest of the match while Jackson Mariani was able to ice the game in the final 45 with two more goals for Zum, with Ojo assisting on both.
Zum will play this Sunday against Richmond County FC while Beyond visits New York Greek Americans II on the same day.
Real Ole FC vs New York Shamrock SC (0-6)
New York Shamrock SC continues to show why it’s the best offense and defense currently in the CSL. Five different players scored in the team’s 6-0 win over Real Ole FC on Sunday, while goalkeeper Kieran McGovern’s shutout streak was extended to 420 minutes.
The torrential rain at Red Wing Park did little to hold back the Rocks during the 90 minutes. James Hudson slammed in a shot from close range within the first five minutes. Ten minutes later, new signing Jared Gilbey added a second off an assist from Jon Uy.
Kurt Cameron continued his prolific form in front of goal with his sixth goal in four games, giving the team a 3-0 lead heading into half time. Rafa Carvalho and Souley Ba would both tack on scores in the second half, the later scoring his first goal with the club, while Gilbey became the only Rock to score twice during the match.
“Our attitude has been fantastic and we played some great stuff today," Shamrocks’ head coach Patrick Geraghty said afterwards.
The Rocks will play Manhattan Kickers on Wednesday night next, while Real will visit Manhattan Celtic on Sunday night.
Kelmendi FC NY vs Manhattan Celtic (2-3)
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The final game of Week 5 was a high scoring affair that ended up overshadowed by injury. Manhattan Celtic beat Kelmendi FC NY, 3-2, on Sunday but also saw winger Bryon O’Neill go down with a serious leg injury.
Prior to going down, O’Neill was providing pivotal offensive support and even assisted on one of the team’s goals. Celtic head coach Matthew Kane believes it’s a leg break.
“It was hard to mentally focus on anything else,” he said later in an email.
Marco Charnas scored twice for Celtic, which bookended Conor Coleman’s header during the match. Kojo Asante and Dani Arvidsson also picked up assists.
Manhattan will play Real Ole FC this Sunday in hopes of staying undefeated. Kelemndi will look to regroup against Stal Mielec NY on Sunday.