From Jay Mwamba
April 17, 2019
High scoring Richmond County inched closer to the Metro Div. One East title thanks to a 4-1 romp over Mr. Dennehy’s FC at Corporal Thompson Park.
Marcin Fijalkiewicz and Peter Zima had a goal and an assist each for Richmond, while Gariece McPherson struck twice. The result upped the once-beaten Staten Islanders’ points tally [10-2-1] to 32 -- seven more than second place NYFC Iliria --- with three games remaining.
Richmond, who’ve scored 47 goals – nine more than the next highest scoring team in the East [Mr. Dennehy’s] need three more points to clinch the title.
Iliria, who had to beat Mola SC to keep their own title hopes alive, succumbed 2-1 at Van Buren HS. Ergi Janku scored in the defeat.
Rocco Badalamenti and Alexis Rosete secured the points for mid-table Mola.
Ergi & Co. now must win all their remaining fixtures, including a crunch match with Richmond County on May 5, to be crowned champions.
At the Metropolitan Oval, Kelmendi also took a huge step toward the Metro One West title with a 3-1 road victory over New York Greek Americans.
Valdrin Lekocaj [two] and Ylli Sufaj connected as leaders [10-1-3, 31] stayed six points ahead of Lansdowne Yonkers ahead of their putative title decider on May 5.
Lansdowne [7-4-2, 25] thrashed FC Ulqini 7-1 at Tibbetts Brook Park and have a game in hand to Kelmendi.
There was a Dion Norney hat trick and one goal apiece from Timmy O’Driscoll, Martin Sutton and Darren McDermott.
“It was a good game to get back to winning ways and we stamped our authority on it immediately,” said manager Gene Driscoll.
Like Iliria in the East, the Irishmen will also need to win all their outstanding games to pip Kelmendi to the title.
FC Flushing thrashed 10-man Ridgewood Romac 4-0 to register its first win since Nov. 4.
Vlad Iancu [two], Bryan Balladares and an own goal did the trick for Flushing.
“[We] put up two before halftime, and two more after Ridgewood was shown a red card midway through the second half,” said Ryan Wiedman.
Elsewhere in Metro One, NY Ittihad saw off Gotham Argo 2-0.
The gap between first and second in Metro Div. Two North remains three points following emphatic wins by both Missile FC and NYC Metro Stars.
Brandy Cineas’ propelled Missile [10-2-2, 32] to a 4-2 triumph over NYC Afghanistan at Ramapo HS to bring his season goal haul to 28. Jean Rodriguez Coby assisted on Brandy’s trey while netting once himself.
Metro Stars [9-2-3, 29] knocked off FC Partizani 4-0 on Randalls Island to stay on Missile’s heels.
“Another important victory for [us] with goals by Ivan Reyes [12th, 25th], Mamadoe Diombera [35th] and Alexis Perez in the second half,” said head coach Edison Calle.
Missile and Metro Stars both have four games left.
A 5-0 shellacking of FC Ulqini lifted FC Sandzak [12-0-1, 37] 10 points clear of idle Shamrock 1960 in Metro Two South.
Kenny Redzematovic, Mirza Hot, Haris Sabovic [two] and Mesih Cekic tallied.
The prolific Eoghan Crew netted twice – his 18th and 19th goals of the season – to power third place New York Irish to a 4-1 romp over Barnstonworth Rovers on Randalls Island.
The Harvey brothers, David and Emmett, each struck once.
“A very good performance from all the players,” noted Coach Colly Madden, whose side [7-1-4, 22] is third in the South.
Brice Adams had the Rovers goal.
NY Galicia played twice in 72 hours with mixed results.
They edged NYPD Futbol Enforcers 1-0 a week ago Thursday on Ebrima Drammeh spectacular “Olímpico Goal” [85th] and three days later fell 2-1 to Mommas Boys.
Martin Cordero connected in that loss, with MVP Thomas Leira and Michael Merlo on target for Mommas.
In other Metro Two action, Laberia held off SC Eintracht 3-2 in another thriller on Randalls Island.
Eintracht led early on Juan Zaiter’s strike set up by Jovan Gracia. Then Laberia took over.
Sandro Tocaciu leveled with his 13th goal of the season [25th] before Xhulian Rrahmani put Laberia ahead. When Anis Kolic made it 3-1 midway through the second half, Laberia could afford to concede a late goal [87th] and still runoff winners.
Gracia scored off Ezra Teferra’s assist.
Diego Velasquez and David Panchano were on target in a 2-0 defeat of Manhattan Celtic Legends at the Metropolitan Oval that put NY Greek Americans on the cusp of the Over-30 East title.
The Greeks [10-2-1, 32] lead Pancyprian Freedoms by three points and third place Shamrocks by six.
Three-time champs between 2012 and 2016, the Rocks pipped 2014 titlists Manhattan Kickers Premier 3-2 on Randalls Island, a week after trouncing Mike Fitzgerald’s crew 6-0 in a cup tie.
Johnny McGeeney, a hat trick hero in that cup rout, scored against as Shamrocks played catch up twice.
McGeeney’s 15th minute goal canceled out Russ Osur’s opener [10th] for Kickers. Ditto Sean Riley [35th] who pegged back Khouri Mullings’ effort [25th].
It was left to John O’Neil [65th] to decide the game and keep the third place Irishmen [8-2-3, 26] within six points of leaders New York Greek Americans.
Paul Clarke, Seb Palacios [two], Matt Costello and Seb Sobczak led CPR Old Boys past CPR Orange 5-2 in their Randalls Island derby.
Ghaith Humaimidi was the Orange scorer.
At Laurel Hill Park across the Hudson, Hoboken FC 1912 bested CPR Grays 2-1 on goals by Jeff Natale and Steve Pugliese, both unassisted.
Matt Hatcher had the CPR response.
Top dogs Manhattan Kickers Legends squeaked past Barnstonworth Old Boys 2-1 to open up a nine-point gap atop the table [11-1-1, 34].
“Always a close game against them,” observed Eddie Yee Woo Guo, whose side went ahead through Joe Whiteman [10th].
“Old Boys equalized soon though, capitalizing on a dawdling Kicker midfielder,” said Eddie.
However, in the 35thh minute, John Balson tip-toed through a pack of Old Boys in the box to cracked in a low shot for turned out to be the winner.
Manhattan Celtic Masters handed second place Cozmoz FC a 4-0 drubbing at Pier 40 with Jackie Soussan a hat trick hero. Boris Kapelnik got the other goal.
There was also a 5-1 battering of Banatul by CPR Legends on Randalls Island, where Willian D’Andrea got the requisite hat trick and David Sawyer a brace.
In the Over-39 division, Shamrocks Legends edged Doxa 3-2 at Herbert Lehman HS.