By Jay Mwamba



Lansdowne Bhoys’ U.S. Amateur Cup defense ended in the first round with a 7-6 sudden death penalty loss to their 2014 predecessors New York Greek Americans at Tibbetts Brook Park.

The all-CSL clash was goalless after 90 minutes when penalties were evoked.

Lukas Zarges, Michael Holzer, Kabo and Omar Tal were on target for Lansdowne in the first round. Joseph Alfonso, Colin Murphy, Jimmy Nealis and the Greeks’ own Irishman, Stephen Roche, converted for NYGA.

In sudden death, Ovan Oakley and Sean Kelly connected for the Bhoys, with influential midfielder Daryl Kavanagh and Craig Purcell unsuccessful.

The Greeks went on to win on conversions by Cheikh Drame, Tyler Botte and Peter Gadze.

It was the second time in four months that NYGA had broken Irish hearts. Last June, the Greeks edged Lansdowne 1-0 to dash the Bhoys’ hopes of a fourth consecutive CSL title.

“Tough loss after a solid 90 minutes,” rued Lansdowne president William McGrory. “Congratulations to Greek Americans and best of luck to them in the next round!”

NYGA defeated Guadalajara FC of Denver 4-2 in 2014 to clinch the U.S. Amateur Cup after three consecutive trips to the national finals. They’d come up in the USASA Final Four in 2012 and 2013.  

Lansdowne Bhoys upset six-time national champions Bavaria SC 9-8 on penalties in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last August to return the U.S. championship to the CSL. They also became the first Irish club to win the U.S. title.


Forty-eight hours earlier, NYGA had dispatched the LISFL’s Serbia 7-0 at the Metropolitan Oval to cruise into the second round of the Manning State Cup.

Tyler Botte banged in four goals; Stephen Roche – a veteran of NYGA’s last Manning Cup triumph in 2014 – had a brace, while Jimmy Nealis scored once.

Frequent Manning Cup winners Pancyprian Freedoms also had their way with LISFL opposition, blanking Port Jeff 4-0 on the road.

Andreas Chronis, Andreas Iosifidis, Ryan Scheiderman and Adam Himeno connected in the second half for a second string Pancyprian.

“Easy afternoon after a scoreless first half,” remarked GM George Halkidis, whose side reached seven consecutive Manning finals between 2006 and 2012, lifting the cup five times. “We rested a lot of the regulars. We have three straight national cup games in a week's span.”

CPR Whites also came away from Long Island with a 3-1 Manning Cup first round win over a LISFL club.  

Bucky Aronoff, Gabriel de Foresta and Lance Dotzman were on target against Port Jeff Fusion.

Shamrocks’ sizzling Scot, James Whyte, and second half sub Chris Uy both notched hat tricks in the 2016-2017 losing Manning Cup finalists’ 9-1 rout of Forest Park 9-1 at St. Michael’s Playground. 

Whyte’s trey brought his early season tally to 10 in all competitions.

A Giuseppe Barone-enforced Forest Park own goal; debutant Ben Marcu and Kwesi Mills-Odoi accounted for the Rocks’ other strikes.    

"Good to get the win," said Grogan.

His lads fell 3-0 to Lansdowne Bhoys in last season’s final; the first all-Irish decider in the State competition’s history. 

On Travers Island, New York Athletic Club rebounded from the 3-1 loss to NYGA in the Werner Fricker Cup in midweek to thrash NY Kosmos 5-2 in the Manning Cup.

Patrick Viray scored the first two goals, Carlo Zanetti the next two and Peter Ceesay the last one.

Against the Greeks, NYAC gave it their all with a crocked shot-stopper.

“We unfortunately were down a goalie the entire match as our goalie was injured and couldn't run,” said coach Erik Bagwell. “It was close until the final 15 minutes when the Greeks scored twice in the course of five minutes on breakaways that a [healthy] goalie would've saved.”

Kevin O'Connell was the NYAC scorer.

Joining the CSL contingent in the Manning Cup second round were Manhattan Kickers, forfeit winners over Long Islanders NY Polet.

Back-to-back Manning champions in 2014 and 2015, Cedar Stars Academy made a heartbreaking first round exit against PDB Irish Rovers, 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 tie.

Zum Schneider was another CSL side that lost on penalties. They succumbed to Real NYFC in a shoot-out following a 1-1 tie in which Jesus Gonzalez scored.

“Should have won big -- we messed up,” rued Alex Berscheid. “We missed about six open, blatant chances.”



Promotion side Williamsburg International led the CSL charge in the State competition for Second Division sides by mauling the LISFL’s Oyster Bay Park 7-3 on Randalls.

Veteran Mark Gallagher [two], Nicolas Mikolenko [two], Danny Rivas [two] and Chris Blivin were on target.

Glen Cove felt the wrath of CPR Reds in a 6-1 drubbing.

Mike Lindley, Hendo DeRuiter [two], Timur Mone, Kevin Zalewski and Tim Lonergan tallied.

NYPD thrashed PDB Irish Rovers 5-1 at Flushing Meadow field on goals by Jorge Bedoya [two], Steven Lasso, Andre Richards and Ugur Kahveci.

There was a hat trick for Stal Mielec’s Jacek Lawniczak in a 4-0 shutout of Long Islanders NY Kosmos. Bartek Dziuban had the other goal.

George Delardas, Evan Daviotis and Matthew Greenblatt starred for Panatha USA in their 3-1 romp over South Jamaica Portuguese on Randalls.

Captain Damone Manning and Honduran Kenny Castillo scripted Sporting Astoria’s 2-0 win against Port Jeff Fusion in a match they held over 70% of possession -- according to an app employed by the CSL side.

“We kept the ball away from Port Jeff Fusion and scored a goal in each half. We recorded 78% possession,” noted Ed Romero. “There is an app that helps us monitor our ball possession. It was a good performance just in time for our two big league cup games.”

Manhattan Celtic came from one down to rout Forest Park 5-2 at Glen Cove Street Station Field.

Raul Zuniga, Jamie Reilly, Edgar Lopez, Marco Charnas and Ben Gueye tallied.

It took a cup game, but Steve Kovalenko’s straggling Ukrainian crew finally won a game, and its put them through to the Flamhaft second round.

They needed penalties to squeak past College Point Flames 8-7 at McCarren Park, following a 2-all tie.  Adam Maliniak and Mamadou Wague connected in regulation time.

Resurgent of sorts in the league, FC Japan also survived the first hurdle, pipping Real NYFC 3-2 on Long Island.

Ryo Koiso [two] and Yuya Kanno were the Japanese heroes.

Brishna, meanwhile, evicted Serbia 3-1 on Randalls Island.

For CD Iberia, what was just their second defeat of the season saw them knocked out of the Flamhaft Cup 2-1 by Oceanside.

“A game that we dominated from start to finish, only to allow two goals on their only chances,” lamented Carlos Vázquez. “It’s tough to go out in the first round, but now we have the league to focus on.”

Izzy Guerrero, back from injury, scored for Iberia.

Bobby Amakuah had Bronx Supreme’s goal in a 2-1 loss to Floral Park.


Cup holders the last three years,  the Lansdowne Bhoys’ reserves held off Cedar Stars Academy ‘B’ 3-2 at Tibbetts Brook Park to stay on track for a fourth consecutive trophy.

Mike Fernandez [25th], Reynaldo Steven [39th] and Danny Suspino [68th] -- from Jarad’s cross -- struck.

Bill Saporito’s NYAC ‘B,’ last season’s other D’Arpino finalists, knocked out Shamrocks’ reserves 2-0 on Travers Island.

Jon Hemmert [pen.] and Pete Lynch [80th] connected for the First Division Reserve champs in a tight game. 

“It’s ridiculous that two of the best teams in this tournament were paired in the first round,” bemoaned Saporito. 

Koji Tsurumi [two], Dan Park [two], Jacob Poore and Tanner Bone tallied in Williamsburg International’s D’Arpino Cup debut, a 6-0 blowout of Beyond FC on Randalls Island.

Stal Mielec were the other big D’Arpino scorers, hitting six past FC Japan for two in return.

Jacek Korba [two], Kamil Praszkowicz, David Arumala, Marcin Kieler and Kevin Janeczko led the Poles.  Yuki Hoshino and Tsewang Nyendak replied for Japan.

A week after netting both goals in a 2-1 league win over Stal Mielec, Javi Beiro notched another brace to lead CD Iberia ‘B’ past Spring Valley 2-0 on Randalls Island.

In a replay of their Week 2 league encounter, NYPD reserves edged Brishna 5-4 on penalties to advance to the D’Arpino second round.

Rene Lopez scored in the 1-1 tie. Jonathan Cedeno, Jean Morand, Mike Renzulli, Shahariar Hasan and Chris Bowie in the shoot-out.

Sporting Astoria battled for more than 80 minutes to cancel out Trip Burke’s early strike for CPR Reds on Randalls Island. 

When they finally did on Sam Maher’s penalty forced by Uche Aladimma’s cross, the Reds’ John Whitehead nicked it 2-1 from the re-start.

“I have to attribute the lazy defending to mental and physical fatigue,” said manager Ed Romero. “It is a young team that showed a lot of guts.”

Reds’ sister team, CPR Whites, had goals from Donje Green and debutant Mohammed “Lulu” Binabbas in a 3-2 defeat to the Greek American seconds.

Kassem Alkasimi for New York Ukrainians in a 2-1 loss to Polonia Gwardia.

Manhattan Celtic ‘B,’ meanwhile thrashed the Panatha USA reserves 5-1 on Randalls Island.

Joe Holt [two], Cesar Valcarcel, Jon Leon and Roman Vayner scored for Celtic. Ioannis Bachos had the Panatha face-saver.

Doxa pushed Hellenic rivals Pancyprians to the wire before succumbing 5-3 on penalties at Lehman HS.

“Pancyprian scored in the first half. In the second half, Doxa’s Cypriot winger Andreas Michael tied the game to lead us to the shootout,” said Doxa manager Foti Bouklis.



Brian Thornton’s 30-second goal got the Lansdowne Metro side’s Strumpf Cup defense off to a winning start. They beat Long Island’s Farmingville 3-1 at Tibbetts Brook Park.

Mike O'Driscoll and David Reed also scored.   

Pipped 5-4 on penalties by Lansdowne in last season’s final, Mr. Dennehy's swept past Flushing FC 3-1 on Staten Island.

Johnny Imundo, Filipe Lobato and Rob Day struck from long range to secure Dennehy’s’ passage to the next round and keep the Metro Div. One title contenders unbeaten in all  competitions.

James Gerbier was the Flushing scorer.

"It's a shame to lose a match like this," said Flushing president Michael Nicolosi. “They were no better than we were. But we allowed them the time and space to have all three of those shots and that is unacceptable.”

Shamrocks 1960 put their poor league form behind them to trounce SSCD of the LISFL 6-1 at St. Michael’s.

Stevie Carlin, Hughie McGowen, Joe Connolly, Eamon Fitzgerald, Danny Meola and Joe Flynn tallied for the Rocks who are 0-5 in Metro Div. One.

Ayhan Bekdemir [63rd] and Justin Osorio [82nd] twice brought Ridgeway Romac from behind against Missile FC before the former [90th] snatched a dramatic winner.

Jo Valentin and Jeff Durosier were on target for Missile on Randalls Island.

Nine-man Eintracht slipped 2-1 to Rookies Kelmendi at College Point.

Valdrin Lekocaj and Naim Kurtovic eked it out for the CSL newcomers who conceded an Andras Lazar goal created by Hasan Redzic.

For the third time in six matches, Mola SC banged in six goals. Beyond FC, who failed to respond, were the victims this time in the Strumpf Cup at the Verrazano Sports Complex.

Grei Mujko [two], William Novini, Pablo Martinez, Wafi and Gianluca Palanca produced the shellacking.  

A five-goal haul almost always guarantees you a win in football. Just not this time, in Deportivo Sociedade II’s case. They conceded seven against Gateway to bow out of the Strumpf Cup in a 12-goal thriller at Corporal Thompson Park.

Onur Balaban, with the requisite hat trick; Kenneth Lopez, Omer Capoglu, Esmir Lalic and Mostafa Haridi sent Deportivo out.

Deportivo’s senior team dropped a 4-2 decision to NY Galicia at Bushwick Inlet after a gallant fightback.

Joaquin Cagliani’s header and a Richar Lopez had Galicia two goals up when the visitors tied the game before the interval.

“But after regrouping at the break [we] doubled it up with a curler from Martin Becerra, from the 18-yard box and Richar collected his brace on a one-on-one with the keeper,” reported Galicia coach Javier Caamano.

NYFC Iliria’s free scoring Ergi Janku hit a hat trick, as did Bruno Costa in the Metro One team’s 7-2 thrashing of Leros on Long Island. Bushi Shabanaj got the other goal.

Luis Kaba [two], Ahmed Gabr and a NY United own goal earned Richmond County a 4-0 victory at Corporal Thompson Park.

Hitherto winless AO Brooklyn also broke their duck this season, holding off Asteras NY 4-2 on Long Island to advance to the second round.

Danny Breslauer, Lazlo Barna and Simur Imanov [two] were on target.

Three second half goals propelled BW Gottschee to a 4-1 triumph over Grenadier Zenith on Randalls Island.

Zenith were in it at the interval after canceling out Dion Amvrosiatos’ effort set up by his brother Stamatis.

“The half-time talk focused on picking up that front line and our finishing in the final third,” said gaffer John Ryan.

It worked like a charm with Christian Paredes, Kevin Lasica and Tommy Mastoras all connecting as Gottschee pulled away.

“It could have turned out different if [goalie] Peter DiBona had not pulled off a fine diving save from a Zenith free kick with the score at 2-1,” observed Ryding.

The other CSL survivors in the Strumpf Cup were Homenetmen, thanks to Vardan Tigranyan and Artur Grigoryan in a 2-1 result over NY Finest; and FC Ulqini who hammered NYC Metro Stars 6-0.

“A really bad day for us,” sighed Metro Stars boss Edison Calle. “I’m still trying to find out what happened.”

Two ejections and two own goals summed up Barnstonworth Rovers’ 3-2 downfall to Pro-Touch Eagles United on Long Island. And all this after taking a fifth minute lead through Joaco Lynch, on Kiko Florez’ assist.

One red card and the two OGs later, the CSL side trailed 2-1.

“Digging deep in the 57th minute, we were able to equalize off a throw-in from Dave Leboff that Dan Jeon flicked with his head into the far post,” said Timothy Hattori.

Ten-man Rovers were still holding their own when they had a second player dismissed and a penalty awarded to Pro-Touch which they missed.

Nine-man Rovers were knuckling down for post-match penalties when they succumbed to the odds and a third Pro-Touch goal.   



MVP Filip Loncar reeled in a hat trick as Manhattan Kickers Premier trounced Cozmoz FC 7-1 with a second half blitz at Bush Terminal Pier Park.

Virtually indomitable in the Over-38 division since its de facto inception three seasons ago, Cozmoz only trailed 1-0 at the break on Ardian Hasko’s strike, from Colin O’Banion’s cross.

However, on resumption, Loncar [from Mo Osman]; Khouri Mullings [pen. 53rd, 64th]; Hasko again [71st, 89th], and Marko Loncar [73rd] would blow Cozmoz away.

Premier player-manager Mike Fitzgerald saved a penalty before Conrad Smith notched the hosts’ face-saver.

On Randalls Island, CPR Grays ended the Kickers Legends’ Marth Cup bid at the first hurdle with a 4-2 win.

Adil El Mouji, Graham Bambraugh, Matt Kennedy and Barry Feeney put the Legends to the sword.

Joe Whiteman and John replied for Kickers.

Matt Moccia [20th] was the Shamrocks Over-30 star in a 1-0 first round decision over Brooklyn Gunners on Randalls Island. Johnny McGeeney, the Rocks’ ace marksman, played provider this time.

“It was a hard fought victory against a very stacked Brooklyn Gunners team,” said coach Paddy McCarry.

His lads became the first CSL club to win the Marth Cup two seasons ago.


Joining Paddy & Co. in the next round were Celtic Legends, 6-1 victors on Long Island against Lindenhurst.

David Linn, Jon Juchno [two], Shaun Moemem, Renato and Fozzie did the damage.

For the Shamrocks Legends, however, their Marth Cup appearance turned out to be a cameo following a 3-1 loss to Greek Americans at the Met Oval.

Ryan Thompson had the only response to goals by the Greeks’ Merlin Nunez, Hemir Niebles and David Panchano.

Celtic Bhoys exited 2-0 on goals by Pancypryian Freedoms’ Stefan Dimitrov and Pete Halkidis at Pier 40.

Barnstonworth Rovers Old Boys lost 5-2 to Integral, with Josh Whitford and Evan Woodhouse the Rovers scorers.

Elsewhere in Marth Cup action, Lalo Hernandez had the CPR Old Boys’ consolation in a 6-1 drubbing by Istria.

Darran Cronshaw and Gabe Cowles accounted for the CPR Orange goals in a 6-2 debacle against Baisley.

And CPR Legends’ Simon McKeon and Tim Frazier also fired back against Megas Alexandros who run off 6-2 victors, while Eintracht crashed 4-0 to Garden City.












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