September 26, 2012
THESE BHOYS ARE MEN
CSL: Despite being short-handed, Lansdowne rolls over Gotham Argo, 5-0
By Jay Mwamba
Lansdowne Bhoys showed up with only 11 players and finished with only 10, but that did not stop the team en route to a 5-0 victory over Gotham Argo in Cosmopolitan soccer League Metro Division One action over the weekend.
The Irishmen suited up only 11 players and led 1-0 thanks to some sterling work by the McGeeney brothers John and Kevin that ended with the latter scoring.
Injury reduced Lansdowne to 10 men on resumption but that didn’t prevent them from going on a scoring spree. Richie Morgan set up Martin Griffin for a simple tap in; John McGeeney headed in a Griffin cross and then scored a second from a Morgan assist. John then turned provider, releasing Morgan for the final goal.
Count Metro Division Two frontrunners New York Bravehearts among the CSL clubs with perfect stats after three rounds. Their latest win was an 8-0 shellacking of SC Eintracht on Randalls Island with CSL president Peter Strumpf in attendance.
Pralay Raj struck three times, Fiddles Idoko and Daniel Liao twice each and Swastik Rana.
Bravehearts stayed ahead of rookie side Hicksville Allstars, who also boast a 100-percentrecord following a 7-2 romp over Ridgewood Romac, on goal difference.
Matthew Elleston (two goals) and Cody Taff had goals in New Amsterdam United’s 4-3 loss to Grenadier Zenith in a Metro Div. Two fixture at Bushwick Inlet.
Barnstonworth Rovers also came up one short in a 3-2 defeat by NYC MetroStars. Gustavo Garro (25th minute) and Tommy Chenoweth (65th minute) tallied for Rovers.
Bingo O’Driscoll (25th minute) had Shamrock’s lone effort in a 3-1 defeat by Tesoro, the CSL Over-30 champions’ third straight loss this season in that age category’s first division.
New York Greek-American/Atlas, the team beaten by Shamrock in the Over-30 championship match last June, slumped 3-0 to a Richie Webb-inspired Manhattan Kicker side on Randalls Island.
Webb connected twice (25th and 30th minutes) -- the first time from a free kick, the second with help from Ari Dolegowski -- and then fed David James for Kickers’ third goal in the second half.
Barnstonworth Premier pulled no punches against sister club Barnstonworth Rovers in their Over-30 local derby. Duane Pena, Emin Avsar, Errol McFarlane, Alan Tardeau and Maurice Wellington tallied in Premier’s 5-1 romp at the Verrazano Sports Complex.
Ben Weiner had Rovers’ face-saver.
“We are still finding our legs and adding new faces,” Rovers’ Michael Alexander said.
Barnstonworth Old Boys, the third Barnstonworth team in Over-30 Division One, crashed 3-1 to SC Eintracht whose Andreas Garcia (35th minute), Peter Maris (60th minute) and Eric Oram (75th minute) scored.
Ian Woodcock’s Manhattan Celtic Legends suffered their first loss of the season in Over-30 Division One, a 5-1 trouncing by Guyana Veterans ‘A.’
Woodcock played Chikezie Punnette through for Celtic’s lone strike (25th minute).
“They were the better team on the day,” Woodcock said.
In Over-30 Division Two, Raafet Olian assisted by Youcef Mami connected for Manhattan Celtic Bhoys in a 3-2 defeat by Mega Alexandros.
Goals in each half by Chris Whatford and Kerry Hall kept Hoboken FC-1912 unbeaten in Over-30 Division Two. Luther Montiero and Omar Ramos had the assists in a 2-0 decision over Brooklyn Gunners on Randalls Island.
Sister club Hoboken Veterans, shorthanded to boot, found Argo Silver a step too quick in a 3-1 home defeat at Overpeck County Park.
Dan Clemente, Damian Scisci and Carlos Wesley secured the points for Silver with Stephen Carenza bagging Hoboken’s lone goal.
Said Hoboken’s Lucian Ciulla: “We played the first 25 minutes with nine men and the rest of the game with 10. It was 1-0 for most of the game and we cut the deficit to 2-1, but our exhausted side could not get the equalizer.”
Kenton Gomez netted RTG’s face-saver in a 7-1 rout by Jersey City Eagles’ Over-30 team.