November 25, 2012
CSL Round-up: 2nd-half goal lifts Greek-American Atlas to 1-0 win over Jersey City in Amateur Cup
By Jay Mwamba
By Jay Mwamba
Shaun Foster’s second-half strike handed New York Greek-American Atlas a 1-0 win over Jersey City Eagles in the U.S. Amateur National Cup Eastern New York final at Mitchell Field on Long Island Tuesday night.
Foster controlled a free kick from player-coach Joe Ruesgen inside the box and shot into the far post to secure Atlas its second trophy this season. The Greeks beat Forest Park, 3-1, in the Sal Rapaglia Champions Super Cup final earlier in the fall.
“A big victory for the club and now we move on to regional play,” Ruesgen said. “We knew the Eagles were very well coached and organized and were going to give us a tough game, but we played great soccer and I think we deserved to win.”
The CSL defending champs had warmed up for the ENY final with a 2-0 decision over previously undefeated West leaders Central Park Rangers in the league two days earlier.
Chris Megaloudis [15th minute] and Joey Tavernese [30th] scored in that match.
“We played against a good [side] that deserves to be where they are. But our squad is the best in the league,” general manager George Mellis said of CPR.
The Greeks [6-1, 18 points] sit atop the East, three points ahead of New York Athletic Club with a game in hand.
CPR boss Yuval Lion conceded that his side [5-1-1, 17] came out flat and were punished for two defensive errors before regrouping in the second half.
“Our unbeaten league record ends, but we are still full of confidence heading into the last rounds of the fall season,” he added.
Andres Padilla and Chris Norelli scored in the CPR reserves’ 2-0 win.
Lansdowne Bhoys player-coach Austin Friel was another official singing his team’s praises after an emphatic performance.
His lads overcame Kevin Meyer’s early strike and the ejection of defender Declan Reilly [60th] to beat NYAC, 4-2, on Travers Island.
“A hard battle against a very physical NYAC,” Friel said. “We went one down after two minutes. But after that we played excellent football in the first half. The best I’ve seen since I’ve been at the club.
Papa Thioune [19th, 44th], Stephen Roche [60th] and Craig Purcell [90th] tallied for Lansdowne. Desmond Brooks was the other NYAC scorer.
NYAC’s reserves won, 3-0, on goals by Scott Noble [pen.], Dav Blum and Ryan Kneipper.
At the Aviator Sports Complex, United FC blanked Jersey City Eagles, 2-0, courtesy of Joseph Ovenceri and Brian Martinez to move within a point of CPR in the West.
Yuriy Gajev earned the United reserves a share of the points in a 1-1 draw.
Pancyprian Freedoms and Barnstonworth Rovers met twice in 48 hours, splitting results in two cup and league fixtures.
Taso Polydefkis, Julio Cesar Santos, Jeff Matteo and Peter Halkidis powered the Greek-Cypriots to a 4-1 win in the U.S. Open National Cup Friday night. Bryan Baracaldo bagged Barnstonworth’s lone goal.
Two days later in the league, Rovers run off 3-1 winners, thanks to Sebastian Akerman [20th], Matt Giannetti [35th] and Andy Abramovits [60th]. Julio replied for Pancyprian.
Said Rovers coach Stavros Zomopoulos: “We rightly avenged our 4-1 defeat to them [in the] US Open Cup. We finished our chances where on Friday we did not. The boys did extremely well and amazingly almost kept the clean sheet for standout goalkeeper Bieniek.”
Sebastian Akerman secured Rovers a 1-0 win in the curtain raiser.
Also in the top flight, New York Croatia edged Manhattan Celtic, 1-0, in Boonton, N.J, after Michael Prindiville and Anderson Garcia had crafted a 2-0 win for the Celtic reserves.
Guilherme Dantas [29th] kept Hoboken FC’s New Jersey State Cup defense on track with the only goal in a 1-0 defeat of Vllaznimi FPSH in a second-round match in Haledon.
Hoboken, from the CSL First Division, beat Jersey Shore Boca of the Garden State Soccer League, 3-1, on penalties last June to scoop the State Cup for the first time since 1964.
Dylan Magarrell scored for the Hoboken reserves in a 3-1 loss to Polonia ‘B.’
Division Two pace-setters Manhattan Kickers and New York Ukrainians both remain unbeaten after a goalless draw in their top-of-the-table clash at Grand Street Field.
Kickers [5-0-2, 17] maintained their two-point lead over Steve Kovalenko’s Ukrainians [4-0-3, 15].
Ukrainians’ second unit won via forfeit.
Goals by Sean McMullan [35th] and John Riordan [65th] propelled Shamrock to a 2-0 victory over NYPD FC on Roosevelt Island and third place on the Division Two log.
The Queens Irishmen improved to 3-2-1, 11, six points off the pace.
Earlier, Sean McMullan, along with Braden Ruddy and John Mc Donnell, connected in the Shamrock reserves’ 3-0 victory.
Flank United’s reserves erased a two-goal deficit against FC Gwardia and then went ahead only to be denied full points by a penalty on the stroke of full time. It ended 3-3.
Center back Paul Jones, Matti and Brian Takacs were on target for United.
In another clash of unbeaten sides, Metro Div. One [East] leaders CD Iberia outgunned Mr. Dennehy’s, 7-3, at the Verrazano Sports Complex to preserve their league best 7-0  record.
“This was our first game back in three weeks after the storm and a forfeit win in the State Cup and we came out sleep walking,” said David Lago whose men trailed 2-0 after 15 minutes.
Iberia brought on Andrew “El Dragon” Rodriguez [20th] and the change worked. Carlos “Chiki” Vazquez [25th, 30th] quickly leveled and even though Dennehy’s regained the lead before the interval, the Spaniards had turned the tide.
They blew away Dennehy’s on resumption with goals by Abdulla Begai [53rd], Steve “El Caballo” Nyarady [55th] who was set up by Antonio Trillo; Chiki Vazquez who completed his hat trick [75th] , Rodriguez [80th] and Joey “O Baixiño” [85th].
“Credit to Mr. Dennehey’s -- they have a good team and gave us a good game,” said Lago, while lauding his side for overcoming a horrendous start and remaining undefeated.
With closest pursuers Missile FC falling 3-1 to Gotham Argo, Iberia stretched their lead atop the East to eight points.
Johnny McGeeney kept Lansdowne Bhoys five points clear atop the West in Metro Div. One with a hat trick in the 3-1 win over Sporting Astoria.
McGeeney scored a penalty, beat three defenders for the second and finished at the near post -- after sterling work by Dessie Battie and Richard Morgan -- for his third.
Lansdowne improved to 6-1 .
Gotham’s Anatoliy Tarankenko and Kevin Gordon scored in back-to-back matches 48 hours apart on Randalls Island in Metro One.
They each had a goal in a 4-2 defeat by Central Park Rangers last Friday and two days later, Tarankenko notched a brace while Gordon added one in the win over Missile.
Jo Valentine was the Missile scorer.
With hitherto leaders CPR Blacks dropping points to nine-man Barnstonworth Rovers, a 5-2 thrashing of NY Bravehearts was enough for Grenadier Zenith to clinch first place in Metro Div. Two.
Rolin Andre [two], Jacques Thelusma [two] and Stanley Cadet maintained Grenadier’s perfect record [6-0, 18] in the division while moving a point ahead of CPR.
The latter drew, 0-0, with Barnstonworth.
“We ended with nine players, so a good result for us,” the Rovers’ Juan M. González Casares said.
Izlet Arslanovic [two] and Charles John connected for NYPD FC in a 5-3 loss to Hicksville All Stars that saw the fourth place Cops [4-3-1, 13] lose ground on the Metro Two leaders.
FC Partizani, meanwhile, joined NYPD on the 13-point mark after Tobi Obi’s brace inspired the club to a 3-0 win over Nifa. Henri Cuni opened the scoring.
At McCarren Park, Iban Abou’s penalty earned New York Galicia a point from a 1-1 draw with Ridgewood Romac.
Also in Metro Two, Aaron Perelman and Spencer English scored in New Amsterdam United’s 4-2 loss to Brishna.
In a rematch of their CSL Over-30 championship game, Shamrock came from behind to edge New York Greek-American Atlas, 2-1.
Paddy McCarry’s men had beaten the Greeks by the same scoreline on Randalls Island field 75 and once again reproduced that championship form.
Atlas drew first blood [55th] but Bingo O’Driscoll [70th] and Eugene Gormley [75th], the latter after chesting Stevie Doyle’s free kick and turning the Atlas center half, turned it around.
“A very close game. Hard fought and [just] what we expected,” summed up coach Paddy McCarry, whose men [2-4-1, 7] have now won four straight in all competitions after a slow start in Over-30 Div. One this fall.
A 1-1 draw with Guyana Veterans proved costly for Manhattan Kickers Over-30s. They ceded the Div. One [East] leadership to sister club Kickers Premier who routed Barnstonworth Rovers 6-0 at Forest Hills High School.
Man of the Match Luka Jagodziniski [two], Bartek Malinowski, Richie Webb, Gilad Bloom and Ari Dolegowski tallied for Kickers Premier [5-0-1, 16].
Paul Cowler had the goal for Kickers Over-30s, who trail Premier by two points.
In the Barnstonworth Premier-Barnstonworth Old Boys derby, the latter fought back from two down at the interval to stun their younger sister club, 3-2.
Andy Bay and Marlon Johnson scored for Premier.
GRAYS SHADE IT
Ugo Solinas and co-manager “UK” Matt Shapiro secured ten-man CPR Grays a 2-1 win over Hoboken FC in Over-30 Div. Two.
“Hoboken had the lions share of possession, but our fight till the end saw us through in a possibly season defining match,” Yuval Lion sai.
CPR Legends succumbed, 3-2, to SC Gjoa despite taking an early lead in the proverbial tale of two halves.
Winger Steve Pritchard was set up by Willian D’Andrea for the opener but Gjoa hit back three times before Dan Ochoa’s goal from a Steve O’Connell assist raised hopes of a late comeback.
Ergys Janku struck twice then had the assist on Erjon Kodra’s winner in a 3-2 defeat of BW G Cosmos.
Jimmy Conrad [two] and Chikezie Punnett, the latter off a John O’Neil cross, steered Manhattan Celtic Legends, 3-1, past SC Eintracht.
Celtic Bhoys, meanwhile, pipped Banatul 1-0 on Jaime Gonzalez’ strike.
And in other Over-30 Div. Two play, Mario grabbed both goals in Troy Turkish United’s 4-2 capitulation to Guyana Veterans.