November 29, 2012
TYING ONE ON
CSL roundup: Lansdowne Bhoys, Greek-American Atlas play to 1-1 draw
By Jay Mwamba
Lansdowne Bhoys were denied payback against New York Greek-American Atlas by a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Cosmopolitan Soccer League champions at Tibbetts Brook Park on Thanksgiving Sunday.
The Greeks had pipped Lansdowne, 5-4, on penalties last June to clinch the CSL title. And like in that game at Icahn Stadium, the Bhoys scored first again in Sunday’s rematch only to be pegged back by Atlas.
Senegalese ace Papa Thioune, signed this season, broke the ice with a fine strike early in the second half.
The goal was a wake up call for the Greeks, said GM George Mellis.
“We didn’t play well in the second half,” he said, blaming Atlas' stupor on injuries to influential midfielder Michael Todd and striker Keith Detelj five minutes into the game.
At any rate, Atlas striker Dominic Sarle, who is also new to this emerging rivalry, equalized 15 minutes from time and at the final whistle, Mellis could offer a smile of satisfaction.
“A good result overall,” he said after the East frontrunners [6-1-1, 19] opened up a four-point lead over second place New York Athletic Club.
“I feel we should have edged it,” said player-coach Austin Friel, who had set up Lansdowne’s opener by Craig Purcell in the championship game last summer. “A good performance overall.”
Lansdowne, whose reserves won 3-0, are third in the West [4-1-3, 15].
Milo Tesker [two] and Rich Hartnett starred for the Lansdowne seconds.
Barnstonworth Rovers’ Jordan Chirico drew first blood at the Aviators Sports Complex but a flurry of unanswered goals by United FC resulted in a 5-1 rout and first place on the West standings.
Walter Hines, Adam Himeno, Brian Martinez, Frank Alesci and Fitzon Hearn tallied for United [6-1-1, 19] who knocked idle Central Park Rangers  out of first place.
“United played better than us in the second half and were more clinical in their [finishing], but again we did not get the run of the calls when it mattered,” Rovers boss Stavros Zomopoulos said.
United’s reserves were also emphatic 3-0 winners on a frigid night, thanks to Yuriy Gajev [two] and Andrey Serebryanik.
“Similarly, we lost the reserve game in the second half when most of our 11 players were simply too frozen to play,” Zomopoulos said.
In a reserve fixture on Randalls Island, Mike Fernandez and Kevin Vasquez each notched a brace in Jersey City Eagles’ 6-2 shellacking of Pancyprian Freedoms ‘B.’
Greg Kane and Chung Tran accounted for the other goals.
Elsewhere in the CSL top flight, Polonia posted their first win of the season, 4-0, at the expense of Hoboken FC at McCarren Park.
“[We] gifted them the first two goals on mistakes and gifting two goals within the first quarter of the game is fatal,” Hoboken GM Bill Marth said.
FC Gwardia’s Lukasz Legierski canceled out Thomas Herlihy’s go-ahead goal for Flank United in 1-1 tie at Bushwick Inlet between the Second Division mid-table rivals.
Unbeaten Metro Div. One [East] leaders CD Iberia scored seven times for the second week in a row to extend their hundred percent record to eight games.
David Lago’s Spanish matadors knocked off Dynamo SC, 7-2, on Randalls Island with Antonio Trillo snatching a hat trick.
Luke Shkreli [two], Steve “El Caballo” Nyarady and Augie Shkreli bagged the other goals.
“Not much drama this week compared to last week against Mr. Dennehey’s,” said Lago, alluding to their exciting 7-3 triumph seven days earlier. “Solid overall team performance this week.”
With second-place Missile FC crashing 5-3 to Mr. Dennehy’s, Iberia  now lead the East by 11 points.
Jackson Eugene, Ernst Brutus and Jeff Durosier were on target for Missile in their loss to Mr. Dennehy’s.
In Metro Div. One [West], Darren McDermott [two], Kevin McGeeney [two], and evergreen C.J. Doherty propelled the Lansdowne thirds to a 5-3 rout over Central Park Rangers Reds.
Lansdowne [7-1, 21] top the group by five points.
BW G Cosmos’ third win of the season in Metro Div. One was a 6-0 thrashing of ailing Sporting Astoria inspired by Sebastian Villa on Randalls Island.
Villa connected twice, with Singa Barry, Orie LaRode, Pablo Garcia and Kerwin Vasquez accounting for the other goals.
Living up to their name, undefeated Grenadier Zenith remain atop the Metro Div. Two table after blanking New York Ittihad 2-0 at Lief Erickson High School.
Michellet Alexis and Clifford Augustin scored to preserve Zenith’s hundred percent record [7-0, 21] and three-point lead over high scoring rookie side Hicksville All-Stars.
The latter demolished Barnstonworth Rovers 8-1 at Forest Hills High School.
New York Galicia were the other big winners in Metro Two. Borja Abalo [two] led the charge in a 6-2 drubbing of lowly Nifa on Randalls Island.
Cristian Schwart, Roberto Roo, Javier Sande-Lago and Eduardo Lijo chipped in with a goal apiece.
Ian Woodcock’s once-beaten Manhattan Celtic Legends handed Manhattan Kickers Premiers their first defeat of the season in a clash between the East and West leaders in Over-30 Div. One.
The top dogs in the West, Legends ran off 2-0 winners on Randalls Island, upping their record to 6-1  in the process. Kickers fell to 5-1-1 .
“It was a tough battle but we came out victorious in the end,” said Woodcock, Legends’ player-coach.
After six minutes, a move involving Declan Condron, Stephen Foster, Scott Lomax and John O’Neil ended with O’Neil crossing for Marc Zenon to head home.
Goalie Tony Semar pulled off a great save before the interval and after weathering a spell of pressure on resumption, John Tanios latched onto a John O’Hagan through ball to seal the win [82nd].
“Credit to Kickers, they are a strong side,” said Woodcock. “It was a first class performance from all my players, though.”
Elsewhere on Randalls Island, Nedgy Nazon compounded Manhattan Kickers’ misery on Thanksgiving Sunday with a hat trick in Barnstonworth Premier’s 5-2 mauling of Kickers Over-30s.
Marlon Johnson and Narces Phanor sealed the victory, keeping second place Barnstonworth [5-1-1, 16] within two points of Celtic Legends.
Shamrock’s two-game winning streak came to screeching halt on Randalls Island with a 7-2 drubbing by new-look New York Dinamo.
At one point, Bingo O’Driscoll headed in a Paddy Geraghty corner [46th] to cut into a 3-0 deficit. Steve Keating [55th] then made it a respectable 4-2 before Dinamo fired in three unanswered goals.
“We were brutal in the first half and didn’t show up,” said coach Paddy McCarry. “We played better in the second half but by then we were chasing the game.”
In other Over-30 action, Vuksan Gjolaj [four] and Evoud Thompson [two] shot the lights out at Dyker Field where Jersey City Eagles hammered SC Gjoa 6-2.