From Jay Mwamba
May 1, 2019
Richmond County clinched promotion to the CSL Second Division with two games to spare following a 2-0 decision over NY Ittihad on Randalls Island.
Goal poacher Gariece McPherson was on target as the once-beaten Staten Islanders [11-2-1] extended their points tally to an unsurmountable 35 points in Metro Div. One East.
NYFC Iliria, in second place [8-2-4, 26], were left nine points adrift of Richmond after a 1-1 draw with Gotham Argo at Pier 40.
With another Staten Island based side, third place Mr. Dennehy’s, mauling Mola SC 4-1 to up their record to 8-6 , Iliria faces a strong challenge for the runners-up spot in the East.
Dennehy’s -- whose Lance Pitterson, Anatoliy Taranenko [two] and Rob Day tallied against Mola -- meet Iliria in both team’s season finale at Green Belt on May 19.
There was no change atop Metro One West with leaders Kelmendi [10-1-3, 31] involved in the Strumpf Cup and number two Lansdowne Yonkers [7-4-2, 25] off.
Kelmendi were upset 3-0 on Randalls Island by Metro Two South pace-setters FC Sandzak in the Strumpf Cup quarterfinals.
Santa Fe advanced to the Strumpf Cup last four on penalties after a goalless tie with the Shamrocks. They won 4-2.
Four-goal hero Brandy Cineas led the charge at Ramapo HS where North front-runners Missile FC demolished FC Partizani 10-1 to maintain a three-lead over NYC Metro Stars with three games left.
Rosier Yves Junior notched a hat trick, Jean Rodriguez Coby had a brace and Aragon Omar added a goal for Missile [11-2-2, 35]
On Randalls Island, Metro Stars’ Diombera Mamadou [81st] and Argentine Batista Ramiro [89th] struck late in a 2-0 win over NY Galicia to keep Missile in site.
“A very difficult game but we [got] the victory,” said coach Edison Calle.
Also in Metro Two North, Dylan Gaucher scored from a free kick to lift Mommas Boys 1-0 past Laberia FC.
ABOVE & BEYOND
Short-handed Beyond FC were heroic in a 1-1 draw with Barnstonworth Rovers at Tighe Field.
“We had nine men and were up against it,” said co-head coach Gary Philpott. “Oz Al Sahybi scored a beautiful lob over the keeper from distance on the counter.”
Former champions Shamrocks were blanked 2-0 by Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in a blow to their division title hopes.
Adam Darter and Hector Trujillo connected on Randalls Island.
“This game was a must-win for the Bhoys,” said Larry Rice. “With Shamrock [8-2-4, 26] holding onto the third playoff position, anything less than three points would have eliminated us. Now we are only four points back with a game in hand so that third playoff position is still within our reach.
“I'm extremely proud of the lads for bouncing back from a poor showing in the league cup match two weeks ago,” he concluded.
The Bhoys lost 4-3 on penalties to Shamrocks Legends in the CSL Over-30 Cup quarterfinals.
Celtic Legends, Celtic Bhoys’ sister club in the Over-30 division, were also victorious on the day after holding off Manhattan Kickers Premier 5-2 on Randalls Island.
The Legends benefitted from a slow start by a Kickers side that played with 10-men for the first quarter. “By this point Celtic had found the back of the net once,” said Kickers’ manager-goalie Mike Fitzgerald.
“Celtic would find the net four more times before the half-time. The one bright spot for the Kickers was new comer Dimitar Belchev who brought some much needed ball control and toughness to the center of the park.”
MVP Khouri Mullings’ impassioned half time speech inspired his teammates who responded on resumption. Mullings [65th] and Ardian Hasko [75th] proceeded to cut the deficit while Fitzgerald, who was playing with a partially torn Achilles, and his defense, kept Legends goalless in the second half.
“Not our best game, but a spirited second half for a squad that has been struggling all season,” summed up Fitzgerald, calling it a game of two halves.
Hoboken FC club legend Steve Pugliese, who’s now turning out for the Over-30s, produced his magic against West leaders Between Rivers FC to end their unbeaten run.
He scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Aviator Sports Complex. Mike Kownacki had the assist.
At East River Park, Matt Hatcher’s double strike handed CPR Grays a 2-0 victory over CPR Orange in their derby clash.
A 5-0 drubbing of Manhattan Celtic Masters on Randalls Island saw Manhattan Kickers Legends clinch the Over-39 regular season title with two games to play.
Veteran Joe Whiteman [25th] gave Kickers a slender half time lead before the floodgates opened on the restart. That’s when Ari Dolegowski and Dylan Dodd saw off Masters with a brace each.
“If this was Europe, we would have been celebrating winning the league,” noted head coach Eddie Yee Woo Guo. “But instead, we will have to beat two of the top four again in June to claim the championship.”
Earlier on Randalls Island, CPR Legends downed SC Eintracht 2-1 on goals by Seb Sobczak and Willan D’Andrea [pen.].
Vinny Vasconcelos replied for Eintracht.