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November 16, 2012
Defending D'Arpino champion Central Park Rangers pay the penalty

By Jay Mwamba Contributor

Central Park Rangers’ defense of the D’Arpino Cup turned out to be short-lived last Sunday as they bowed out, 4-3, on penalties to OB Fenerbache on Long Island in their first appearance in the state competition this season.

“We had the lead until the last minute and even had a good goal disallowed by the referee, but a last minute deflected goal and bad luck in the penalty kick lottery meant we relinquished our hold on the cup,” CPR manager Yuval Lion said.

Russell Archibald and Chris Norelli scored for the CPR reserves in regulation time.

The Cosmopolitan Soccer League side had a bye in the first round. The team edged Lansdowne Bhoys, 2-1, in last season’s final to scoop the cup.

It was bad weekend for CPR in cup football as their first team succumbed 5-4 on penalties to United FC in the Manning Cup round of 16 at the Aviators Sports Complex in Brooklyn, N.Y..

United’s Adam Himeno had canceled out Kwesi Mills-Odoi’s opener for CPR in the 1-1 tie preceding the shoot-out.

“Very tough match,” said United boss Alex Zaretser, whose men will meet New York Croatia in the quarterfinals. “CPR played very organized football [and] both teams had chances.”

Said Lion: “This was as closely a contested game as the score suggests and though we had the lead for a good part of the game we could not go on to win it, conceding an equalizer in the second half and losing in the penalty shootout."


Another Hellenic “Super Clasico” is on the cards in the Manning Cup. This after CSL league champs New York Greek completed a fall hat-trick of victories over New York Athletic Club to secure a quarterfinal date with cup holders Pancyprian Freedoms.

Arman Osooli saw off NYAC, 1-0, on Travers Island with superb solo goal in the second half. The Greeks’ previous wins over NYAC this season came in the league [1-0] and in the U.S. Amateur National Cup [9-8 penalty-kick tie-breaker].

“Another epic game with NYAC, and we’re always glad when we beat a team of their caliber,” player-coach Joe Ruesgen said. “With only 12 players and getting one injured early it was always going to be a grind for us but we held on and defended resolutely.”


Pancyprian and Jersey City, meanwhile, stayed busy by battling to a 2-2 tie in a rescheduled CSL First Division match at Icahn Stadium.

Pancyprian’s veteran Brazilian goal merchant Julio Cesar Santos and Paolo Costa exchanged goals with Jersey’s Mauricio Mora and Moriken Sangary.


Lansdowne Bhoys player-coach Austin Friel fired his lads into the Manning Cup semifinals with the only goal of the match against New York Polonia at McCarren Park.

Friel, in his rookie year as Lansdowne gaffer, struck from a free kick after 20 minutes.

“It was a hard fought match against a much improved Polonia team,” said the Derrry, Ireland, native who was the Bhoys' top scorer last season with 22 goals.

He struck twice in a 7-1 demolition of Forest Park in the Round of 16 last month, Lansdowne’s first game in the statewide competition.


The Bhoys are on a collision course in the last four with either Ian Woodcock’s Manhattan Celtic or former Lansdowne boss Kevin Grogan and his new side, Jersey City Eagles.

Mark Hughes was the Celtic hero with four goals as the CSL side hammered another Polish side, New York Polet of the Long Island Soccer Football League, 5-1, to advance to the quarterfinals where Jersey City await.

Simon Kearney got Celtic’s other goal.


There was more success for Lansdowne in the D’Arpino Cup. Their reserves knocked off Manhattan Kickers, 3-1, on Randalls Island to reach the quarterfinals.

Greg King, Richard Hartnett and Cathal Hatzer scored for the seconds, 3-2 victors over College Point in the first round. J.P. Drioun replied for Kickers.

At McCarren Park, Celtic’s reserves edged Stal Mielec ‘B’, 2-1, to join the Lansdowne seconds in the D’Arpino Cup quarters.

Barrie Taylor and Jonathan Juchno tallied for the Celts.


At Icahn Stadium, Nick Bill and Darnell Nance scored for Barnstonworth Rovers who qualified for the quarterfinals with a 2-0 win at New York Irish Rovers’ expense.


A month ago, NYAC’s reserves came away from Jersey City with a hard fought 1-0 result in the CSL top flight. Last Sunday, they strolled into the D’Arpino Cup last eight with less resistance from the visitors in a 4-0 romp on Travers Island.

“This was not the game we expected,” NYAC coach Bill Saporito said. “We played an excellent Eagles reserve side in a league match. This wasn't that team.”

Saporito went on: “Ryan Kneipper got us on the board first at about 20 minutes off a crisp header [he scored the only goal in the earlier game], then Eric Bagwell made it 2-0 with a long looping shot from about 30 yards out. He was just trying to get it on goal, and he did -- in the top corner.

“Dav Blum outraced their [defense] to slot the third home before the half and it was all over. Brian Kuritzky got the fourth and Scott Noble, a center back who loves to find the net, finished out the scoring. Great day after two weeks of weather mayhem.”

United FC were the other big winners in the D’Arpino Cup after seeing off Ukrainians’ second unit, 4-1, on goals by Yuriy Gajev [two], Ivan Klyauzov and Sergey Avramenko.

Polonia were the other CSL side to progress after pipping Olympiacos, 3-2.


Steve Kovalenko’s in-form Ukrainian first team blanked Shamrock, 3-0, at Msgr. McClancy High School to reach the Flamhaft Cup round of 16.

David Alkasim [39th and 75th minutes] and Brazilian Casio Costa were on target for the undefeated CSL Second Division title contenders.


Manhattan Kickers, also undefeated atop the Division Two log, dispatched Ossing Portuguese, 5-0, on Randalls Island en route to the pre-quarterfinals.

Jens Jorgensen, Lucas Shanks [two goals], Antonio Ruiz-Giminez and Brandon Hintz connected.


In a dramatic encounter on Randalls Island, BW Gottschee overcame a two-goal deficit to oust Queens Liberty, 4-2, from the new Division 3 Cup. The CSL Metro One campaigners hit the post six times en route to the victory.

Gottschee had trailed 2-0 from the 25th minute when Pablo Garcia pulled one back before the interval. His second goal on resumption tied the game before Jonathan Valasquez and Singa Barry killed off Liberty.

“Brilliant goalkeeping by Kerwin Vasquez kept Queens Liberty off the scoreboard in the last 10 min as Gottschee’s defense got a bit tired,” John Krische said.

BHOYS OUT Also in the Division 3 Cup for Metro One and Two teams, Beattie had the Lansdowne thirds’ only goal in a 3-1 loss to Flora Park.

“We missed a lot of chances and should have at least got a draw,” Aiden Corr said.


Barnstonworth Premier advanced to the round of 16 on Ian Thorne’s strike in a 1-0 decision over Long Island Juventus at Forest Hills High School.

On the banks of the East River, Manhattan Kickers Premier held off Baldwin SC, 3-2, after conceding a third-minute goal.

Joe Whiteman [10th minute], Ari Dolegowski [20th minute] and Richie Webb [30th-minute penalty] replied for Kickers.

“Kickers had several breakaways down the stretch but were unable to convert. This game was much more one-sided than the final score would indicate,” said the winning side’s Mike Fitzgerald.


Elsewhere in the Marth Cup, Emmett Harvey starred for the Shamrock Over-30s with a brace [fifth and 30th minutes] in a 4-2 victory over New York Dinamo at Msgr. McClancy High School.

Burim Ljuta set up Harvey for the opener and then won and converted a penalty [10th minute].

Dinamo made it interesting with two goals in the second half before Glen Wrafter [85th minute] wrapped it up to confirm a round of 16 berth for the CSL Over-30 champs.


NYPD FC closed to within three points of leaders Central Park Rangers Blacks after subduing New York Ittihad, 5-2, at Flushing Field.

Izlet Arslanovic, Greg Abbott, Carl Marinaccio and Kevin Savary were the NYPD marksmen.

The Cops (13 points) improved to 4-2-1 in joint third with NY Bravehearts and New Amsterdam United.

Amsterdam had a goal from Matthew Elleston in a 4-1 drubbing by AO Brooklyn on Randalls Island.


Jorge Espańol’s double strike [40th and 70th minutes] led mid-table Barnstonworth Rovers to a 3-2 decision over Nifa at Bushwick Inlet.

Brandown Rowley [15th] was the other Rovers scorer.


New York Galicia’s Borja Abalo, meanwhile, was instrumental in keeping SC Eintracht winless at the foot of the Metro Two table with a hat-trick in a 5-0 win.

Cristian Schwartz and Steven Rey got the other goals.


Kareem Reid and Ugo Solinas moved unbeaten CPR Grays into joint first place in Over-30 Division Two ‘A’ with goals in a 2-1 win over Troy Turkish United.

“We kept up our promotion challenge in a scrappy game, but came away with an important winner late in the game,” Yuval Lion said.

CPR and co-leaders Hoboken FC 1912 are 5-0-2 with 17 points apiece.


In other Over-30 Division Two action, Manhattan Celtic Bhoys crushed RTG, 8-0.

Jaime Gonzalez [second minute] began the deluge and had the assist on the second of Alejandro Ibanez’ brace [34th and 80th minutes].

Matt Lee [13th minute], Simon Nee [30th minute], Gareth Hasson [36th minute], David Grunstein [39th minute] and Jimmy Conrad [56th minute], who also had two assists, got the others.

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