From Jay Mwamba
April 3, 2019
Once-beaten Richmond County held off Mola’s prolific Alamisi Burhan & Co. 4-3 at Corporal Thompson Park to move a step closer to the Metro Div. One East title with four games remaining.
Marcin Fijalkiewicz and Peter Zima were among the scorers as the Staten Islanders [9-2-1, 29] went four points clear of NYFC Iliria. The latter played out a goalless draw with NY Ittihad at Flushing Memorial HS.
Alamisi was on target again for Mola in the losing effort, bringing his three-match tally to eight goals this spring. Neil Franco and Kevin Euceda Dominguez were the other Mola scorers.
Locked in a relegation battle in the East, Gotham Argo picked up three much-needed points from a 3-2 win over Mr. Dennehy’s at the Green Belt Recreational Center.
“Our scorers were Eric "Gonzo" Goncalves with an assist from Ezra Rubenstein,” reported Gotham manager Dana P. Dimon. “The second was an own goal and Will Denselow got the third, with the assist from Gonzo.”
Andres Sole and Terrence McGovern replied for Dennehy’s.
Donald Miculi scripted Kelmendi’s 1-0 decision over Flushing FC on Randalls Island, opening up a six-point gap over second place Lansdowne Yonkers. The Irishmen drew 3-3 with Ridgewood Romac.
Kelmendi [9-1-3, 28] have three fixtures remaining, one of them – on May 5 – against Lansdowne.
Claudiu Ionesi’s late goal for Ridgewood denied Lansdowne full points in the hard fought 3-3 tie at Tibbetts Brook.
It was 2-2 at half time with Emre Tetik and Ayhan Bekdemir twice giving the Romanians the lead. Niels Kirch [two] and Gearoid Kennedy replied for the Bhoys.
“We dug ourselves in a hole twice and fought back each time,” noted coach Gene O’Driscoll. “After taking the lead with 12 minutes to go, we conceded in stoppage time.”
Also in Metro One action, hosts New York Greek Americans and FC Ulqini battled to an exciting 3-all tie at the Metropolitan Oval.
Ulqini drew first blood early, forcing a fightback from NYGA. Still, the Greeks would have to wait until resumption to draw level. That’s when Mario
Gagliano blasted a free kick from outside the 18 into the upper right corner.
Two minutes later, Andreas Michael made it 2-1 for NYGA after breaking through the Ulqini backline. The visitors then regrouped and staged their own rally. It paid dividend, yielding two goals to give them a 3-2 lead.
But the Greeks refused to succumb. In the final minute, Michael set up a last gasp equalizer for Alex Kiourkenidis [90th] to end the seesaw affair.
A 2-2 draw with Santa Fe at Green Belt Recreational Center was enough to lift Missile FC into sole first place in the North, at SC Eintracht’s expense.
Jean Rodriguez Coby netted both goals for the 8-3-1  Missile unit that leads Eintracht by a point as a result of the latter having earlier slipped 3-2 to NYPD Futbol Enforcers on Randalls Island.
George Villalta, assisted by Jovan Gracia, and Hasan Redzic, assisted by Alex, were the Eintracht marksmen. “A few defensive errors and lots of missed opportunities cost us the win,” said manager Mark Lesser.
In the lower rungs of the North, Ryan O'Neill, Juan Bolona [two], Dylan Gaucher and Solomon Kourt did Momma’s Boys proud in a
5-0 rout of FC Partizani at Verrazano Sports Complex.
SANDRO HAT TRICK
Level on 12 points with Mommas Boys, Laberia FC saw off NY Galicia 4-2, with Sandro Tocaciu a hat trick hero on Randalls Island. It was his second trey of the season.
Denis Hadzajlic had three assists on the night while Bryan Cespedes got Laberia’s other goal.
Metro Two South frontrunners FC Sandzak swamped Brooklyn North 4-0 to stay four points ahead of Shamrock 1960.
Amas Kojic, Mesih Cekic, Haris Sabovic and Kenan Redzematovic got the job done.
Shamrock, meanwhile, beat Barnstonworth Rovers 3-2 at Bushwick Inlet Park.
Goals from Ciaran Brennan, Hughie McGowan and Joe Connolly helped the second place Rocks stay within distance of Sandzak.
"It was a tough game against a good Barnstonworth team," said coach Rob O'Neill.
Wilfried “Kennedy” Obama’s 25-yard effort on the hour earned Beyond FC a 1-1 tie with NY Irish SC at Prospect Park. The goal pegged back Eoghan Carew’s equally outstanding strike in the 15th minute.
“Very scrappy game that could have gone either way,” observed Beyond’s Nick Platt.
The two sides go at it again in the League Cup quarterfinals this Sunday.
Brooklyn Bound blanked FC Ulqini 3-0 on Staten Island.
In a clash between the East’s top side, Greek Americans, and basement dwellers Manhattan Kickers Premier, the former triumphed 3-1 at the Metropolitan Oval.
“We enjoyed more time on the ball this week thanks to the return of Aaron Vennard in the middle of the pitch,” said Kickers’ Mike Fitzgerald. “Mike Zabroski netted home [from] a Nick Bill throw-in in the 25th minute to bring things all even [1-1]. We were unfortunate to not make more of our opportunities. On the other end, we held tough but the quality of the Greeks came through in the end and we lost a tough one.”
The Greek victory kept them level with Hellenic rivals Pancyprian Freedoms on the 29-point mark.
Pancyprian knocked off Shamrocks 3-1 courtesy of Georgi Spanos, Frank Spanos and Stelio Andreou. Taso Polydefkis had an assist.
West leaders Between Rivers had their one hundred percent record ended by bottom side CPR Orange who ground out a 3-3 draw.
Rivers’ Iurie Gajev, Gabriel Ortega and Mykola Revyuk exchanged goals with Orangemen Darran Cronshaw [two] and Dragan Blagojevic.
The CPR derby between Old Boys and the Grays turned out to be a mismatch with the Boys prevailing 4-0 on Randalls Island. Brandon Levy, Seb Sobczak, Matt Hureau and Stephen Duffy tallied.
Pace-setters Manhattan Kickers Legends fought to a standstill with Manhattan Celtic Masters in a 2-2 draw at Pier 40.
Jackie Soussan got both Celtic goals, the first pegged back by Christian Huguenot’s wind-assisted free kick. Soussan’s second would earn Celtic a share of the points after veteran Joe Whiteman’s chip from an impossible angle had given Kickers the lead.
With four games remaining, Legends remain six points clear atop the standings.
Shamrock Legends twice came from behind to tie second place Cozmoz 2-2 in their Over-39 fixture at Frank Principe Park.
Ger Shivnan grabbed a fine first half goal and then scored from 30 yards out [80th] to set up an exciting finale. Duane Pena [two] was the Cozmoz marksman.
"It was a very tough game but we showed great spirit to take a point," said John Riordan. "Our goalkeeper Darragh Farrell was absolutely immense and kept us in it at times.”
Norman Garcia earned America FC a 1-1 tie with Banatul.
Chis Horia netted a free kick, while Jason Stockdale had the clean sheet in Eintracht’s 1-0 decision over NYGA.
Jan Carlsen had the CPR Legends’ consolation in a 6-1 shellacking by Doxa FC Legends.