Williamsburg's Esgro fights for a loose ball v. Stal Mielec NY - Photo taken by Rich Butterworth
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With FC Japan loathing in last place, they needed to prevent a blowout when Southern leaders Hoboken FC came to town. Turns out a strong and confident winning performance really ISN’T a stretch.
Roaring in with a game plan in hand, the Japanese outfit came out 3-1 winners against the New Jerseyans Saturday night, April 21st.
This was a convincing performance by Japan, compared to the last match these two had back in December 2017 where Japan were the victims of a 9-0 demolishing by Hoboken. With 4 games left in hand for the season, hopefully this is a sign of coming attractions as they need as many wins as possible to save their season.
Panathinakos has now conceded 15 goals in only 2 matches in the month of April, landing in last place of the Southern Division and looked poised to end this season in low to mid table contention unless they collect nothing but wins until May.
With NY Ukrainians, they now have their 3rd win of the season and sees their next games up against the likes of FC Japan and Stal Mielec NY. Ukrainians player Andres Munoz now has become the team’s top scorer with 6 goals and 3 assists in 6 matches and will surely be the danger man against their next matchup against Japan on April 29th at Randall’s Island.
8 goals separated Stal Mielec vs. Williamsburg at Bushwick Inlet Park where the former came out as winners 5-3.
Leading up to the matchup, Williamsburg International has goalscorers on their team like John Kaddo and Mark Gallagher and also have the joint 2nd most goals in the entire Division 2. And yet, they somehow are currently floating just above middle of the table. While Williamsburg were missing Gallagher this time, it still ended a goalfest against Stal Mielec and it could have nearly went their way. “…there was a lot of action at both ends.” said Club Secretary Charles von Rosenburg. “We took an early lead off a goal from John Kaddo, but we couldn’t hold on. We were missing our joint top scorer Mark Gallagher for this match which certainly cost us some firepower. But to be fair to Stal Mielec, they are a good team and they finish their chances. In the end, it was a well deserved win.”
Stal Mielec NY have finished their chances indeed. They’re in form going into their Polish Derby against Polonia Gwardia NY and are only 4 points away from top spot.
WIFC are newcomers to the Division 2, having won back to back title wins in the Metro Divisions to earn promotion to Div. 2 in 2017 and aren’t letting this win negatively effect their mentality, including their Jack Flamhaft Cup run. “Our focus now is on the Cup. We have a semi-final match coming up against NY Ukrainians, who we recently beat 3-0. It’s our best shot at a trophy this year and we are hopeful we can win the cup for the first time!” Von Rosenburg added.
Williamsburg are currently sitting below Stal Mielec in the North Division in 4th, 5 points below them.
The Polish side dispatched Club Deportivo Iberia 4-0 at the Grover Cleveland Athletic Field in Queens on Sunday night.
Gwardia now sit in 2nd in the South and look like staying put, allowing 12 goals in 12 games, the best defence in the entire Div. 2.
Club Deportivo, on the other hand, are on back to back defeats after having to forfeit their match against Stal Mielec in mid April and are currently in 5th place in the South.
“If we are going lose, we will make sure to make it hard for any team to walk away with a win against us. That was the case against NYPD and most notably yesterday.”
Head Coach Ed Romero told the Cosmo League exactly what his game plan was during the match Sunday morning as he saw it.
“The team game plan is simply - play spoiler. Every team looking for an easy win has another thing coming…
Watching Spring Valley ask for time and opting to park the bus in the last 15 minutes of the game is exactly what I want to see.”
While Sporting South hasn’t seen their fortunes favor them this season on the field, some of their biggest obstacles might actually be off the field, like many teams in this league.
“Organization, recruiting, managers, finding a home field...just to name a few. I’m glad to say that we solved most of these issues, if not all of them.
We have secured a home field for the Fall which we didn’t have, we have properly allocated our players to the right team, we now have more people involved with the management of our club and teams, and I have been working on some big signings for next season. So things are looking good.”
FC Spring Valley got the better of Sporting South Bronx but overall Coach Romero can see the improvement the team has made within these last few matches.
“My game plan was to better our defense. I like it now. No more blowout losses.
The next thing is our midfield. We brought in a very good midfielder who made a major impact yesterday. We are improving. Right now we are working on our offense. We need help there. That will take some time.”
Sporting Soccer Club also aren’t far from hope. The same day saw their Sporting Astoria side down Spring Valley’s reserve side 6-0 in the Reserve Division 2, which gave them something to celebrate.
South Bronx are now in 8th place in the Northern Division with 9 points in 12 games and FC Spring Valley are on top with 27 points.
A draw, 2 losses, 2 wins in Celtic’s last 5 matches. They’ve been able to score goals on Sunday thanks to dynamic players like Raul Zuniga and Adrian Garcia but haven’t been able to deliver consistent wins.
“The North Division is quite strange. All the quality is in this bracket and three games ago, we sat second and I believe we're 2nd in top goalscorers in the league. We lost two very close games and it dropped us into 6th place.”
- Celtics boss Matt Kane on the difficulty his team faces this season
With many of the top teams set to play against each other going into the home stretch late into the season, Kane believe this is the best opportunity to go for wins to climb up the table. “The top four all play each other and they will take points off one another. It's just important we continue winning...hopefully that will be enough to put us in playoff contention.” Kane adds.
NYPD FC now has lost 3 matches in a row and sit in 7th in the North with 3 matches left to get them back up the table.
A 6-3 scoreline saw KidSuper come out as winners against Central Park Rangers Reds on Sunday night.
The Reds haven’t been able to reverse the decision this time suffering another 6-3 loss, the same scoreline they loss to KidSuper back in October of last year.
KidSuper forward Ebrima Jallow was on fire this time, scoring 5 on the day. With 14 goals and 6 assists in only 10 games for Jallow and fellow goalscorer Alhoussain Bah on 11 goals and 7 assists, the league’s best defenders are finding harder and harder to deal with this dynamic duo.
"I would say that they compliment each other well. Alhoussain’s dribbling can be very difficult to deal with, and he is very comfortable with the ball in tight spaces. Ebrima’s sheer pace and athleticism is a handful, especially in the open field."
- Manager William Caverly
Certainly a dangerous team this season, they have been on the rise this season and look to only improve during the rest of their matches.
"We were up 2-0 early but KidSuper came back strong, we had a short roster as it was on a Sunday night and had 3 injuries mid-game to starting players so we unfortunately unraveled." Reds Manager Blake Berg told the Cosmo League. "We had no shortage of opportunities but we couldn't bury them and technically, KidSuper had a few very talented players that were difficult to contain."
Central Park Rangers took the loss to the chest and seem set prioritizing good performances going further in the Flamhaft Cup rather than the league. "We look at every game individually and look to win them all. However, a shot at us winning the league looks out of grasp." "Our priority is state cup now."
Elsewhere on the day...
Bronx Supreme FC forfeit, giving Malatyaspor USA a 3-0 automatic win…
And Brishna and Beyond FC had automatic byes, playing their next match this weekend!