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November 1, 2012
No Megaloudis, no problem

By Jay Mwamba Contributor

New York Greek-American/Atlas missed nary a beat last Friday in top scorer Chris Megaloudis’ absence as they trounced Hicksville All-Stars 6-0 at Walker Memorial Field to reach the third round of the U.S. Amateur National Cup.

Diego Velasquez bagged the requisite hat trick with Dan Gwyther and Gary Flood [two] completing the rout.

Easy day at the office, according to Atlas coach Joe Ruesgen.

“Without being disrespectful to the opposition, we felt we were a different class and we were never really in trouble,” he said. “They had one or two players that were pretty technical but we did a great job cutting out any spaces they had to play. In the end it was a good result and [there] could very well have been a lot more goals if we were a little more clinical.”

The Greeks, who made it to the Final Four last season, edged New York Athletic Club [NYAC] 9-8 on penalties in the previous round. They tackle CSL rookie side Jersey City Eagles next.

Kevin Grogan’s fast improving Eagles also triumphed Friday night. The CSL newcomers knocked off New York Olympiacos 3-1 on Randall's Island.

Dritan Sela opened the scoring for Jersey and after Olympiacos had leveled, Ervin Makishti restored their lead. Sela added a late insurance goal.

There was more success for Eagles in the National Over-30 Cup where they beat New York Dinamo 4-2.

Mike Nieraeth scored in Central Park Rangers’ 1-0 decision over New York Athletic Club on Travers Island before Hurricane Sandy decimated last Sunday’s CSL schedule.

The center back exchanged passes with forward Kwesi-Mills Odoi and connected after 15 minutes.

“Big win,” summed up CPR’s Yuval Lion, whose undefeated side [5-0-2, 17] pulled four points clear atop the First Division West standings.

NYAC’s reserves won 2-0 on goals by Peter Lynch -- off Mike Rueda’s corner [60th] -- and Brian Kuritzky [70th].

“Their compact defense proved tough to crack despite lots of possession on our part. A good win for us,” said coach Bill Saporito.

Invincible last season when they won all 16 league matches en route to the Division Two title, Manhattan Celtic claimed just their second victory in the top flight at the expense of fellow promotion side Hoboken FC.

Henry Smith [16th] and Matt Negus [71st pen.] handed Celtics a 2-1 result at Overpeck Park after Guilherme Dantas [14th] had put Hoboken ahead.

“A good team performance away from home. Good work from all the squad,” summed up coach Ian Woodcock.

Hoboken’s reserves prevailed 3-1 thanks to Vasco Lopes [two] and Tarek Yakoubi. Dan Callow pulled one back for Celtics.

Elsewhere, Polonia and New York Croatia tied both games 1-1 before Sandy forced the cancellation of the other Division One fixtures.

Manhattan Kickers’ Lucas Shanks [16th] and Nick Coulson [18th] struck Saturday night in a 2-0 win over Shamrock on Roosevelt Island.

The unbeaten Kickers stayed two points ahead of New York Ukrainians who hammered FC Japan 6-2.

Shamrock’ reserves, meanwhile, were denied three points by an injury time equalizer by Kickers’ Kevin McKeon in a 2-2 draw. John McDonnell and Sean McMullan had given the Rocks a 2-0 half time lead before David James Stewart began Kickers’ comeback.

NYPD FC’s 6-0 shellacking by FC Gwardia on Sunday can be linked to Hurricane Sandy.

With most of their first team players away on police duty ahead of Sandy’s arrival, NYPD showed up at Flushing Meadow Field with just their reserve squad. Rene Lopez’ hat trick secured the second unit a 3-1 win in the curtain raiser. Bartosz Stolarczyk was the Gwardia scorer.

The heroic NYPD reserves then lined up against Gwardia’s firsts and succumbed 6-0.

Marcin Januszko got three and an assist, Robert Dec one and Konrad Sobotka two.

“Needless to say, all my first team guys had to work double [shifts] on Sunday so the second team played two games. Therefore we got crushed by FC Gwardia,” said NYPD boss Ron Mejia.

Marcin Fijalkiewicz, Kestutis Mykolaitis and Jacek Lawniczak starred for Stal Mielec who beat Flank United 3-1 on Randalls Island Saturday night. Dave Lawrence replied for United.

Lawniczak had earlier been on target for the Stal reserves in a 7-2 romp. David Lis [three], Jacek Korba [two] and Wojciech Kiwak got the other goals.

Player-manager Chris Matthews and Sherief Raouf tallied for shorthanded United.

Four days after the birth of his son, CD Iberia president David Lago celebrated with a brace in a 5-3 win over closest rivals Missile FC on Randalls Island that lifted them eight points clear on the Metro Div. One East log.

Steve “El Caballo” Nyarady [two] and Ace Rodriguez closed out the scoring in the top-of-the-table clash. Jackson Eugene, Arhin Asamoah and Ernst Brutus were the Missile marksmen.

“Offensively we are performing very well but we need to stop giving our opponents easy goals and making the games harder on ourselves,” said Iberia’s Diego Monteagudo.

His side, nonetheless, is now 7-0 [21], eight points ahead of Missile.

In Metro Div. One West, Lansdowne Bhoys smashed Homenetmen 9-1 at Tibbetts Brook Park to claim first place from Mr. Dennehy’s, whose top-of-the-table meeting with Korabi was canceled.

Darren McDermott and Adrian Daly each scored twice; Seamus Skeffington, Daniel Jackson, Owen McGonnigle and Dessie Beattie had one apiece and Homenetmen added an own goal.

Lansdowne improved to 5-1 [15], two points ahead of hitherto joint leaders Mr. Dennehy’s and Korabi whose top-of-the-table clash on Staten Island was canceled because of the approaching storm.

Izlet Arslanovic was the NYPD hero in a 2-1 Metro Div. Two victory over New York Bravehearts on Randalls Island.

SC Eintracht were pegged back three times by Guyana Veterans ‘A’ before settling for a 3-3 stalemate in an Over-30 Div. One fixture at a windy Old Boys High Field.

Said Tom Strumpf: “We went up 1-0 by a goal by Jose Arevalo in the 15th minute. Guyana answered with a deflection in the 35th. Eintracht went up 2-1 in the 55th by Bundy Doczy and 3-1 in the 60th by Jose Arevalo. However, we were unable to hold [on] as Guyana answered back in the 80th.”

It’s safe to say that a scoring spree is always on the cards whenever Anton Camaj turns up to play. That was the case at Tibbetts Field where the veteran striker pumped in four goals in Jersey City Eagles’ 9-1 demolition of Hoboken FC in Over-30 Div. Two action.

Evoud Thompson, Laurence Pituro, Marius Kapxhiu and Anton Shkreli [two] completed the rout.

Elsewhere in Over-30 Div. Two, undermanned Argo Silver and CPR Legends played out a goalless draw on Randalls Island.

“We had nine players on the field versus their 11 so I'm happy with the result,” said Argo’s Dana Dimon.

“Legends couldn’t break through against a stubborn undermanned Argo Silver. The closest they came was a shot thundering off the crossbar from Steve Pritchard. Argo congested the middle and played a smart rearguard action,” noted Manohar Venkataraman.

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