In week 2 of the new season, many teams are still finding their form. With most teams not having normal training sessions together due to COVID-19, they’re learning how make the best with what they know and with what they have.
Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Richmond County FC vs. NY Shamrock SC (0-0)
Richmond County broke out their new maroon Diadora kits as they welcomed NY Shamrock SC to Athenia Steel Complex on Saturday–the only game NY Shamrock will have there this year.
With NY Shamrock scoring 6 goals in their previous match against Kelmendi FC NY, it was questionable if they can repeat the same success.
A scoreless game put both keepers on pedestals, showing no lack of stamina or focus. Shamrock’s keeper, Kieran McGovern added a few saves to his highlight reel and defender John McAleenan proved his strong defensive skills. Shamrock’s James Whyte saw a glimpse of hope when his late game free kick shaved the bottom of the crossbar, but luck didn’t take his side that time. Shamrocks Midfielder, Darren Coleman continuously orchestrated plays from a deep lying position and winger, Joey Aronovsky was frequently on the receiving end of those plays but couldn’t sneak the ball past Richmond County’s keeper.
Paddy Geraghty stated that he was “very happy with the effort this week. We were unlucky not to win but credit to Richmond County, they were organized and physical. We needed a tough game and it will stand to us moving on.”
After two draws at Athenia Steel, Richmond County hope to collect a win in their next match against Manhattan Kickers at Pier 40 on Wednesday, October 21st.
Polonia SC vs. Manhattan Celtic (1-2)
Manhattan Celtic look to maintain their dominance in D1. Their last match against Polonia was in November of 2019 where Polonia stunned everyone with a 1-0 win. Manhattan Celtic made sure this time around that wasn’t a repeat offense.
“Polonia are resolute.” Says Celtic coach, Matthew Kane. Though Polonia showed fight for all 90 minutes, Abou Kab and Dan Korman scored the goals needed to walk away with a Celtic win.
Manhattan Celtic stay strong with 6 points after two weeks all without their top goal scorer and captain, Marco Charnas.
Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Beyond FC vs. Kelmendi FC NY (0-0)
In a big loss to NY Shamrock SC in the season’s opener, Kelmendi FC took a different tactical approach to their defense against Beyond FC. While successful, Kelmendi couldn’t find the net against Beyond FC and walk away with their first draw.
Real Ole FC vs. Manhattan Kickers (1-2)
Manhattan Kickers delivered Real Ole’s second loss on Sunday afternoon at Red Wing Park. Kickers claimed the gritty win with 4 reserve players in the starting eleven and no subs on the bench.
Real Ole owned possession for most of the first half, working ways to exhaust a weaker Kickers team. Real Ole walked into halftime leading 1-0 but underestimated what coach Bryan Baracaldo can do with his Kickers in the second half.
Kickers’ Albi Rexha scored a tap-in equalizer in the second half after Brian Morris forced pressure and caused a Real Ole defensive error for the Kickers to capitalize on. An attack lead by Morris and James Zaiden resulted with a foul in the box and goalscorer, Rexha stepped up to the penalty spot to make it his second of the afternoon and a first win of the season for the Kickers.
NY Greek Americans II vs. Hoboken FC 1912 (3-6)
Hoboken FC proved their skill and talent again. Hoboken put 6 goals past the Greek Americans, the most scored in week 2. This put Hoboken at the top of the table after week 2.
Zum Schneider FC 03 II vs. Stal Mielec NY (3-4)
Stal Mielec gained 3 points after a comeback win in the second half against Zum Schneider.
A low cross to the Zum back post puts Stal on the board first followed by a 22 yard free kick to make it a two goal lead. Zum began their chase with a cross into the box for Stephen Ojo to cause chaos in the box then ultimately for Jackson Mariano to tuck away and made it 1-2.
Zum picks up a penalty after Stephen Ojo is fouled in the box and placed the trust in Lino Suriano to even up the score. Suriano’s penalty kick was saved but was able to put it past the keeper off the rebound to make it even, 2-2. Ojo would shine as Zum scores on a great counter to take the lead, 3-2.
As things look up for Zum Schneider, Stal Mielec equalizes with a debatable penalty. VAR was not present for this game nor does the CSL use VAR technology for any of it’s games (yet). Nonetheless Stal Mielec made it 3-3 then score their winner in the 80th minute to seal the win 3-4. Kevin Romero, Pawel Marczenia each with a goal for Stal Mielec. 18 year old Patryk Majkut had the other 2 goals for Stal Mielec. Majkut was a key player in Stal Mielec’s comeback win and will continue to be an attacking threat. Majkut’s talent and creativity will need to shine agaain as Stal faces Polonia SC on Saturday.