FC Sandzak pose for a team photo during the 2021-22 season (Credit: FC Sandzak)
Saturday, October 2
FC Sandžak vs Manhattan Kickers (1-0)
The lone Saturday match ended with FC Sandžak narrowly edging Manhattan Kickers, 1-0.
The Kickers started the match hot and head coach Bryan Baracaldo says his team should have won the match here. Five clear chances on net during the early going but none reached the back of the net. His team’s attack also left Sandzak ample chance to counter.
“The struggle is real and working on having consistently 13-14 players, which is also why we’re playing Gotham league during the week, it’ll help us get more continuity,” Baracaldo said. He also noted he only had ten first team players for the match meaning a few reserve guys pulled double duty.
For the home side, Florent Papuqi helped control the tempo in the midfield while Alem Kolenovic controlled the wings. Their team took the lead after a beautiful buildup that started from their own 18. Agim Mujaj eventually found Kolenovic who slotted the lone goal.
“The whole back line and goalie had their hearts set on a clean sheet and defended the goal until the last minute, keeping a second clean sheet in consecutive games,” said head coach Kemal Hot.
Sunday, October 3
New York Athletic Club vs Kelmendi FC NY (6-2)
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New York Athletic Club is growing into this season and put together its best game to beat Kelmendi FC NY, 6-2, at Travers Island. The visitors meanwhile are still looking for their first win of the season.
Reserve team player and NYAC staple Jake Mann opened the scoring ten minutes in with a left footed rip from the 18 yard line. Subsequent scores from Nico Pascual-Leon and Matt Swain also came in the first half. A second from Pascual-Leon in the final 45 but KFCNY responded to cut the lead back down to three. Had they gotten one more the tide may have shifted but NYAC’s Stephen Chapman scored with a side netting rip across the face of the goal making it 5-1.
Both teams scored one more before the final whistle with Athletic Club’s coming from Rafik Mekhaldi. The newly nicknamed “Rafikio” Brazilian flicked over a defender and goalkeeper.
Hoboken FC 1912 vs New York Shamrock SC (3-1)
New York Shamrock SC, the defending Division 1 champions, fell for a second straight weekend in league play. Hoboken FC 1912 controlled play for the majority of the match and were focused to get the result according to their head coach Steve Korfiatis.
“Shamrock are always a really great opponent and challenged us to be smart and clinical as they are a team that can easily take advantage of mistakes,” Korfiatis said in an email after the match. “The boys did a really great job being consistent throughout the match and was an encouraging all around team performance.”
In the 5th minute Zach Cimring crossed to his brother Jordan who's one vs one shot attempt was stopped by the Rocks’ keeper. It turned out to be an omen as five minutes later as Hoboken forced a turnover and Eric Terzer recovered the ball. A pass to Z. Cimring allowed him to take a shot from distance past the off-the-line keeper to make it 1-0. Sean Fahy scored a second before halftime, assisted by James Reed, to double the scoreline.
The second half was more of the same and Reed knocked in a goal of his own around the 74th minute. A quick turnaround through Kevin Halliday found Reed’s quick feet who finished calmly past the keeper. The Rocks’ responded with a James Whyte header from a Christian Uy corner.
"We deserved nothing from the game,” Shamrock head coach Stuart Colbert said after the fact. “The group needs to show commitment and the willingness to do the hard work if we are to rebound in our upcoming games."
Stal Mielec NY vs Polonia SC (1-3)
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In the latest instalment of the heated heritage team rivalry Polonia SC defeated Stal Mielec NY, 3-1, at McCarren Park.
The visiting Polonia dominated the whole match. Despite creating multiple scoring chances they lacked effectiveness in the final third. If that had been different the game may have finished with an even higher scoreline for the Polish side. Conrad Nowowiejski found Antoine Laurient midway through the first half from the right side to start the scoring thanks to a great header.
Laurient made a mark on the other side of the scoresheet just before halftime as well. His free kick in the waning minutes found the head of Lukasz Bielen to make it 2-0. After controlling the game for the rest of the match Jozef Bujnak finished it off by tapping in his own rebound in the 80th minute.
Borgetto FC vs Beyond FC (7-0)
Last season’s Division 2 champions remain undefeated in the top tier. Borgetto FC’s 7-0 win over Beyond FC is the latest for the young side as they try to become the first team in decades to pull off two titles from the top two divisions in back-to-back years.
Jesus Patino led the team on offense with two goals and two assists, meaning he took part in over half of his team’s goals. Just behind him was Angelo Bordenca who scored twice and assisted on a third. The final three scores came from George Yusuf (penalty kick), Kevin Nuńez, reserve team player Daniel Pardo. The latter of which was more impressive considering he had scored three goals in the earlier reserve team game.
Zum Schneider FC 03 II vs Richmond County FC (2-2)
(Highlights by Game in Frame)
A third straight draw for Zum Schneider FC 03 II closed out Week 4. A hard fought game against Richmond County FC at Roosevelt Island showed promise but still confirmed the group isn’t clicking.
Leading scorer Stephen Ojo got both of Zum’s goals with Lloyd Shillabeer assisting on one of them. Meanwhile Richmond’s Bljedi Bardic scored a stunner in the 32nd minute to make it 1-1. A long shot from 30 yards out tucked into the top right corner, assisted by Peter Zima, for a goal of the year candidate. Not long after Alban Zekaj found James Haddad to make it 2-1 with an excellent shot into the opposite netting from the goal line.
“Proud of the lads for fighting back and getting a point,” said Zum’s Lucas Doucette. “Our keeper Josh (Ulane) played very well and made some key stops.”