October 25, 2012
Pancyprian Freedoms' Manning Cup runneth over with an 11-0 victory
By Jay Mwamba
For 90 minutes last Sunday, Pancyprian Freedoms put their league woes behind them as they began their defense of the Dr. Manning Cup in rampant form against OB Fenerbache at St. John’s University. The Turks were pulverized 11-0 in an early Round of 16 match.
Former Chicago Fire forward Stefan Dimitrov, Brazilian ace Julio Cesar Santos [two], Taso Polydefkis [two], Stelios Andreou, Billy and John Koutsounades were among the scorers as the seven-time cup holders tore the Long Island Soccer Football League envoys to shreds.
Through to the quarterfinals, Pancyprian await the winner of the Round of 16 encounter between New York Athletic Club and New York Greek-American/Atlas.
NYAC, inspired by five-goal hero Alex Cunliffe, crushed the LISFL’s Irish Rovers 7-1 in a first-round match on Travers Island. Kevin Meyer and Phil Hartman got the other two, while Dominick Romero claimed what turned out to be Rovers’ consolation goal.
Cunliffe had been on target from the penalty spot four days earlier in NYAC’s 9-8 penalty loss to Greek-Atlas in the U.S. Men’s Amateur Cup. That goal was canceled out by Chris Megaloudis (off Keith Detelj’s assist). It forced a shootout from which the Greeks emerged victorious.
Later in the Manning Cup first round against Istria, nine-man Atlas cruised to a 2-0 victory despite a red card to Damian Lopez [eighth] and Megaloudis who, according to coach Joe Ruesgen, was harshly shown two quick fire yellows within 20 seconds for questioning the referee.
Detelj scored in between the two expulsions, scrambling in a free kick that Nick Viaggio headed back across the goal, and then, after Megaloudis’ dismissal, winning a penalty that Ruesgen converted.
“In the end we got the result we needed,” Ruesgen said. “Istria were a lot stronger than we anticipated and gave us a very good game. Going down to nine men and still being able to create chances is a great credit to the guys.”
United FC, last season’s Manning Cup losing finalists, set up a Round of 16 date with Central Park Rangers Whites after demolishing College Point 5-1 away. Joseph Ovenceri [two] and Adam Himeno [two] were on target.
CPR advanced without kicking a ball when Olympiacos’ forfeited.
Kevin Grogan was on Manchester United’s books when injuries effectively ended his promising career a dozen years ago. Last Sunday, the Jersey City Eagles coach showed some of the class that had caught Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye with an incredible goal on the CSL rookie club's Manning Cup debut.
Grogan was on the halfway line when his keen eye caught the Port Jefferson goalkeeper off his line. The Dubliner amazingly fired the ball some 50 yards over the keeper for the highlight goal in a 4-1 romp in the Round of 16.
Paulie Nitolli [two] and Mike Fernandez were the other Jersey marksmen.
Eagles advanced to the last eight where they will face the Round of 16 winners between Manhattan Celtic and NY Polet.
Celtic edged the LISFL’s Mineola Portuguese, 5-4, on penalties at Pier 40 after a 2-2 draw. Matt Negus scored both Celtic goals in regulation.
Polet, on the other hand, was the only LISFL winners in 11 Manning Cup tussles with CSL opposition. Polet pipped short-handed Barnstonworth Rovers, 1-0.
Austin Friel’s Lansdowne Bhoys are also through to the quarterfinals after thrashing Forest Park, 7-1. Friel, Conor Hunter and Craig Purcell each scored twice while Karamba accounted for the seventh goal.
“Easy game, great performance,” said Friel, whose CSL title contenders were a class above their LISFL hosts.
New York Croatia, who blanked Glen Cove, 4-0, and Polonia, 4-2 victors over Oceanside, were the other CSL teams to survive the Manning Cup first round.
US AMATEUR CUP
Grogan & Co. went into their Manning Cup tie with Port Jefferson having recorded mixed results in two national competitions.
Jersey blanked United FC, 3-0, in the U.S. Amateur National Cup, thanks to Nittoli [two] and Chelsea but succumbed, 4-3, on penalties to Barnstonworth Rovers in the U.S. Open National Cup.
Steven Keker scored for Rovers in the 1-1 regulation time draw.
David Alkasim, Cassio Costa [two] and Zachary Cohen gave Steve Kovalenko’s New York Ukrainians a flying start in the Flamhaft Cup with a 4-0 shutout of the EDSL’s Sporting Peru at McCarren Park.
FC Gwardia beat Astoria Rudars, 3-1, on Marcin Januszko’s brace and a goal by Piotr Brzezinski.
Manhattan Kickers also came away from Long Island with a 3-1 win over Mineola West Indies crafted by Pietro Sgueglia [two] and Lucas Shanks.
On Randalls Island, Flank United squeaked past another EDSL side, Real Sociedad, 5-4, on penalties following a 1-1 draw in which Alex Dawson scored.
There was a shoot-out win for Shamrock as well, whose goalie Robbie O’Neill saved two penalties in a 3-2 decision over College Point.
Midfielder Hossan “Sammy” Mohamed had equalized for the Rocks to force the shoot-out. Tyrone Kent, Adam Amann and Nikle Guzijan scored.
Elsewhere in the Flamhaft Cup, Collin Wynter and Carlos Villacres connected for NYPD FC in a 3-2 loss to the EDSL’s New York Albanians.
Beaten 2-1 in last season’s D’Arpino final, Lansdowne Bhoys' reserves clawed out of a 2-0 hole against College Point to triumph 3-2, thanks to Cathal Hatzer [two] and Innocent Yappie.
NYAC’s Juan Lanza reeled in a second-half hat-trick to kill off Istria, 6-1, on Travers Island. The fit again David Blum [two] and Brian Kuritzky also tallied for the hosts.
“We thoroughly dominated, to say the least,” coach Bill Saporito said.
Canadian J.P. Drouin leveled from the spot on the stroke of full time to force a 1-1 tie and penalties from which Manhattan Kickers’ reserves prevailed, 4-3, over Mineola.
At Icahn Stadium, former Kicker Nick Bill struck in Barnstonworth Rovers’ 1-1 regulation time draw with Oceanside. Rovers went on to win the ensuing shootout, 6-5.
“Our reserves only had eight [players] versus Oceanside's 11 plus subs. We went up 1-0 just to be tied with 10 minutes to go,” said coach Stavros Zomopoulos.
Also in the D’Arpino Cup, the Irish Rovers reserves came from a goal down to knock off 10-man Shamrock, 4-1, in Glen Cove.
John Riordan, who also doubles as Shamrock’s assistant manager, nodded the visitors ahead in the first half. But unanswered strikes by Will O’Keith, Trevor Eubanks [two] and Eddie Being would stun the Rocks.
At Bushwick Inlet, Celtic ‘B’ thrashed New Croatia, 8-0, while York Ukrainians knocked off Polet 5-4 on spot kicks following a goalless tie.
DIVISION 3 CUP
Brandon Levy’s hat-trick for CPR Blacks saw off NIFA SC, 3-1, in the Division 3 Cup on Randalls Island.
Sizzling Mr. Dennehy’s continue to fire on all cylinders. They thrashed FC Partizani, 4-1, at the Greenbelt Recreation Center to remain undefeated in all competitions.
Lance Pitterson, Gerry Smith, Shawn Dos Santos and Jose Marti fired the Carmine Street boys into the second round of the Division 3 Cup.
Lorik Smolica scored for Partizani.
CSL Metro Two side New York Galicia, with just two wins in the league, upset the form book in the Division 3 Cup by stunning Metro One Sporting Astoria, 2-1.
Anthony Matos and Francesc Quitard connected after Matt Blakely [5th] had fired Astoria ahead.
“It was a team that we should have beaten by many goals,” rued Astoria GM Ed Romero. “Another lesson learned.”
A week after blanking the same side, 3-0, in the league, hot CD Iberia scrapped past Gotham Argo, 4-2, on penalties after a 1-all draw.
Surprisingly, the Iberians, [6-0, 18 points] atop Metro One East, trailed to an Anatoliy Tarankeno strike [25th] before Joey “O Baixiño” DiCarlo equalized late [75th].
“This was a vastly improved Gotham Argo team from the week before with many new faces. Hats off to their goalkeeper who made numerous saves and three or four from point blank range,” David Lago said.
Cody Taff [two] and Paul Wojcieszek scored in New Amsterdam United's 4-3 defeat by Ridgewood Romac.
On Staten Island, Miran Keheian struck a late double [70th, 85th] in Homenetmen’s 5-2 loss to Korabi.
NYPD FC also scored three times, courtesy of Izlet [two] and Carl, but it was in vain as they succumbed 4-3 to BW G Cosmos.
Also making a quick exit in the Division 3 Cup were Missile, who were downed, 3-2, by Grenadier Zenith.
Stanley St. Louis and Jeff Durosier scored for Missile.
FRITZ MARTH CUP
Shamrock’s Over-30s rolled past lowly RTG on Randalls Island with Eugene Gormley [30th, 60th, 85th] hitting a hat-trick.
Paddy Geraghty [15th], Burim Ljuta [40th, 65th] and former Golden Gloves boxer Thomas Maher [50th, 80th] also connected.
Anton Camaj and Marius Kapxhiu both notched hat-tricks in Jersey City Eagles 11-4 massacre of Turkish United.
Paul Nikac [two], Giuseppe Bottaglia and Evade Thompson [two] also got on the scoreboard.
Barnstonworth Premier’s Shaka Hinds was another hat trick hero in the Marth Cup where he inspired the 5-0 drubbing of Banatul. Duane Pena and Jimenez Santiargo added a goal apiece.
Joe Whiteman set up David James Stewart for the opener then won and converted a penalty in Manhattan Kickers Premier’s 3-0 decision over Oceanside S.C. Lukas got the third.
Kent Bailey’s strike from a Ronnie Swinkels cross lifted Nieuw Amsterdam past Tesoro, 1-0.
Short-handed SC Eintracht had goals from Peter Maris and Jose Arevalo before capitulating to Baldwin 4-2.
CPR Grays also lost, 4-2, to Port Jefferson. Mike Waddell and Marc Chessman tallied.
In other Marth Cup action, both Manhattan Celtic Legends and Manhattan Celtic Bhoys crashed out at the first hurdle. Legends had a goal from John O’Hagan in a 1-1 tie with New York Greek-American Atlas, but they succumbed, 4-2, on penalties. Celtic Bhoys bowed out 2-1 to the LISFL’s Intergral Kings.
Shamrock’s Over-30s are looking for players to reinforce their squad. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the team.