Halftime at Laurel Hill Park as Hoboken FC 1912 hosts Richmond County FC (Credit: Richmond County FC)
Harsh weather played a big role in CSL's Week 12 as the temperature dropped and wind gusts affected play. A huge upset may have ended one team's hopes for winning a Division 1 title while others still kept newly found Spring momentum going. Two of the six scheduled matches were not played due to safetey concerns as well. The Cosmopolitan Soccer League thanks these players and staffs for putting health first and we wish all of them well as they quarentine.
Here is the full recap:
Sunday, March 14
Hoboken FC 1912 vs Richmond County FC (0-1)
The Sunday slate of games kicked off with a windy contest at Laurel Hill Park. Despite the conditions, or possibly even aided by them, Richmond County FC upset Hoboken FC 1912, 1-0.
Both teams shared a similar enemy during the 90 minutes; the wind. Harsh gusts made consistent passing difficult. Each team had a half where they were more in control, which coincided with who was playing against the weather.
Early on with Richmond holding the tempo, the team had multiple chances to score including a penalty kick attempt early on. However, nothing found its way to the back of the net. The second half saw 1912 take control and the home side also earn an unsuccessful penalty.
“We weren't clinical in the final third and just weren't sharp enough to finish a number of clear cut chances,” said Hoboken head coach Steve Korfiatis. “Richmond only really threatened us on one or two occasions.”
Logan Tassin and Ady Gaye, the same tandem that had success last week scoring, were able to lift their team to three points towards the end of the game. With a quarter to go until full time, Tassin chased down a stray long ball near the corner flag and beat an incoming Hoboken defender, setting up Gaye for the decisive goal.
The win was the first against Hoboken for Richmond, who’d lost both previous league games against the historic side and had never earned a victory in tournament play against them.
“I was ecstatic with the effort and focus of our guys,” Richmond head coach Halid Brkanovic said afterwards in an email. “Against top CSL clubs like Hoboken, we know it'll be a battle for 90+ minutes and that we have to match their intensity and limit mistakes in order to come out with a win.”
For Hoboken, the loss is a severe hit on their title chances. The team is now two full games behind first place with both Manhattan Celtic and New York Shamrock SC playing in form currently. They will visit the struggling Polonia SC this Sunday where coach Korfiatis knows his team needs to keep focus.
“We lost a bit of ground but are looking to bounce back next week,” he said.
Richmond will look to play spoiler against second place Celtic in Week 13.
Polonia SC vs Zum Schneider FC 03 II (Postponed)
The match between Polonia SC and Zum Schneider FC 03 II was not played due to safety concerns. Both teams will look to reschedule the match in the future while members of Zum’s staff continue to isolate.
If able, Zum II will travel to face New York Greek Americans II on Sunday night. Polonia will host Hoboken FC 1912 at 10 AM the same day.
Stal Mielec NY vs New York Shamrock SC (0-2)
New York Shamrock SC remained perfect through 12 weeks after defeating Stal Mielec NY, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. Chris Uy and Darren Coleman both scored for the vistors. The team remains one point ahead of Manhattan Celtic for the top spot. Stal, with two games in-hand due to makeups from the Fall, still looked to put on a decent defensive display considering they are one of the better teams in the league in terms of goals allowed.
The Rocks will visit Beyond FC in New Jersey this Sunday at 2 PM. Stal will kickoff against Kelmendi FC NY at the same time on Randalls Island.
New York Greek Americans II vs Real Olé FC (Postponed)
Due to contact tracing with Zum Schneider FC 03 II, the match between Real Olé FC and New York Greek Americans II was not played. Both teams will look to reschedule in the next few weeks.
Real will continue to isolate and test and hope to get back on the field this Sunday against the Manhattan Kickers. Greeks II will host Zum II later that same night.
Manhattan Kickers vs Kelmendi FC NY (1-2)
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Kelmendi FC NY notched it’s second win of 2021 against the Manhattan Kickers on Sunday evening, 2-1. The visitors have won twice in three weeks including a Fall Season makeup and have started to come together as a threatening unit.
Naim Kurtovic scored the first goal after a blocked shot was sloppily handled by a Kickers' defender. He raced passed two players from the corner flag before nailing a shot into the lower left side. Later on, Mirdon Habibaj sealed the win with a second goal, assisted by Marino Nuculović.
Despite there not being a chase for a playoff spot the team can take solace in knowing it’s currently battling on the table with the likes of D2 standout Richmond County FC and Zum Schneider FC 03 II. They will look to keep the success going against another side they are near in the table, Stal Mielec NY, this Sunday. The Kickers will host Real Olé FC in the third leg of their five week March homestand.
Manhattan Celtic vs Beyond FC (2-0)
Hosting a Beyond FC team fresh off a season opening win, Manhattan Celtic knew they couldn’t take any chances. The team looked more in form and earned a 2-0 win to keep pace for first place in the top division.
Abou Kaba had the biggest impact of the night as he played a role in both of his team’s goals. He opened the scoring off an assist from Conor Coleman before helping Marco Charnas increase his own goal scoring total later on. The latter is now on 13 goals this season through 12 league games with a clear gap developing between second place.
“Last night looked more like our team. Dominance from start to finish,” Celtic head coach Matthew Kane said in an email afterwards. “Our (goalkeeper) Michael Neish made one save in the 90 minutes. We controlled possession, not allowing the game to turn into unnecessary transitions.
“It was an important game to win as we have two very difficult games coming up.”
Those two games are both on the road and start with Richmond County FC this Sunday who already played spoiler last weekend. It doesn’t get much easier for Beyond who host New York Shamrock SC in a match Celtic will hope ends in an upset.