By Ralph 'Onz' Chery
Oct. 19th, 2018
Three CSL teams will be in action this Saturday as NY Pancyprian Freedoms will go head to head with Jersey club Jackson Lions in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifiers while Lansdowne Yonkers F.C. seek their first league-win of the season against Central Park Rangers Whites.
Here’s a preview of these two mouthwatering matchups:
Chronis is assured if NY Pancyprians ‘stay disciplined’ they will outroar the Lions
NY Pancyprians Freedoms winger Andreas Chronis. Photo by Dinos Avlonitis
NY Pancyprian Freedoms will travel to New Jersey on Saturday night to take on Jackson Lions in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifiers at Jackson Justice Complex at 7:30 p.m.
NY Pancyprians is entering the game on a neat 8-0-0 record in all competitions. The Freedoms' winger Andreas Chronis expressed that their match versus Jackson Lions is conceivably the club's first true test of the season but he's confident his side will defeat the Lions if they remain organized and exploit them on the counter attacks.
“The game against the Lions is perhaps the first real test we will face this season,” Chronis said.
“We have really gelled as a team this year and when we are at our best we don't need to worry about who our opponent is. I believe the team that is able to stay disciplined and take advantage of the other team's weaknesses on the counter, will be the team that wins this game. I think it’s going to be us.”
Jackson notably cruised past amateur giants F.C. Motown 5-1—Chronis’ NPSL team—last Saturday.
“Jackson Lions is without a doubt a great team otherwise they wouldn't have been able to beat a team like F.C Motown so easily,” the midfielder said.
“I think Jackson was able to do their homework on Motown since they play them constantly. I actually think it’s to our advantage playing a team that’s not in the CSL because they don't know much about us and our strengths and weaknesses.
"We on the other hand are familiar with some of their players as I have played with them in the NPSL and believe the intensity and competitiveness of the CSL is greater than any other league in the tri-state area.”
The Freedoms haven’t conceded a goal yet in cup actions in three matches. The club only allowed four goals in eight outings. Chronis shared that playing an offensive team like Jackson will evaluate their defense on Saturday.
“The match against the Lions will surely test our abilities against a very offensive team, and we welcome the opportunity to prove ourselves against them,” the 29-year-old said. “Defense is going to play a huge role because we both like to play a fast-paced game, which means this will be a great open game with lots of action for the fans.”
NY Pancyprians blanked Lansdowne 4-0 in the first round while Jackson slimmed past Newtown Pride 1-0 in extra-time to reach the second round of the qualifiers.
Lansdowne and CPR battle for first league-win of the season
Lansdowne Yonkers F.C. and Central Park Rangers Whites will square up at Randall’s Island Field 75 in seek of their first domestic victory of the season at 8:00 p.m.
Lansdowne is on a 0-4-0 record in the league compared to CPR’s 0-3-2 record.
The Yonkers based club lost their last match, 2-1, to Cedar Stars Academy on Tuesday. Despite their rough start in the CSL, the Bhoys won their last two cup matches, rolling past Kosmos/Olympiacos 9-0 in the Manning State Cup on Sunday then 4-0 in the first round of the local stage of the Amateur Cup.
The Irish club’s striker Ovan Oakley is confident his team will carry their win streak in cup games into their match versus the Rangers.
“I think we are coming off back to back good performances leading up to this weekend,” Oakley said I think we'll have a strong performance on Saturday. I'm looking forward to the challenge.”
Lansdowne Yonkers F.C. striker Ovan Oakley. Picture by David Dupuy
Lansdowne's summer signing Jack Doherty netted seven goals in the club’s last three matches, including two free-kicks.
As for CPR they lost their last two outings to Cedar Stars, 6-2, in the league on Oct. 7th before falling to them again in the opening round of the Manning State Cup, 2-0, on Sunday.