October 22, 2015
A HAUNTING RETURN
CSL Report: Pancyprians' Megaloudis scores 2 to defeat ex team, Greek Americans in Open Cup
By Jay Mwamba
|Former Red Bulls forward Chris Megaloudis struck twice as he helped the Pancyrpian Freedoms eliminate his former team, the New York Greek Americans, from Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup qualifying.
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Chris Megaloudis returned to haunt his former club with a brace at the Metropolitan Oval last Sunday in Pancyprian Freedom’s 4-2 extratime win over New York Greek Americans at the start of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup qualifiers.
An ex-Puerto Rican international who also been on the books of the Red Bulls, Brooklyn Knights and FC New York, Megaloudis rejoined Pancyprian in the summer. He helped lead Greek Americans to the U.S. Adult Soccer Assocation title last year but dashed their Open Cup dreams at the first hurdle this time around.
The two Hellenic giants had battled to a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes, with the Greeks coming from behind on Peter Touros’ leveler to lead through Omar Edwards.
“We should have sealed the match in many occasions, but we are young and a bit over exuberant, and kept the high tempo that begun to take a toll on us,” Greek coach Stavros Zomopoulos said. “They tied it with six minutes to play on a corner.”
Nick Katsanos and Panagiotis Halkidis were the other Pancyprian scorers.
According to Zomopoulos, Patrick Figueiredo could have won it for his side on the stroke of full time but headed wide.
But two goals in extratime saw the six-time USASA men’s Open Cup Cup winners knock off the four-time Open champions, who had a stand-in goalkeeper in ace reserve striker Mario Gagliano.
“This one hurt. We deserved [to win],” Zomopoulos said.
There was some consolation for the Greeks in their reserves’ 4-1 D’Arpino Cup triumph away to the Long Island Soccer Football League’s Oceanside.
Gagliano, Michelangelo Sini, Peter Meyer and Andrew Dimitropoulos scored.
Lansdowne Bhoys, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League’s other Open Cup envoys, defeated Connecticut’s Newtown Pride FC at Gaelic Park.
Former League of Ireland striker Daryl Kavanagh, Stephen Roche and Tom Wharf fired the CSL champions into the second round of the Open Cup, a competition that dates back to 1914.
A day after coaching his side past Newtown, Lansdowne coach Austin Friel suited up for his reserves against the Hellenic American Sports Association’s Serbia in the first round of the D’Arpino Cup, which the Irishmen are defending. He notched a hat trick inside 20 stunning minutes in an 8-1 romp.
“He came off after 20 minutes, hat-trick in the bag,” said reserve boss Keith “Foxy” Murphy, jokingly adding, “yes, he's getting old, takes him a while to get going these days.”
Mark Finn [two], Ryan Kerely [two] and first team assistant coach Dessie Beattie also tallied against the Serbs.
The Shamrock Irish Rovers' doubleheader at St. Michael’s Playground ended with split honors between the CSL and LISFL sides.
Rovers’ reserves handed the LISFL outfit a 3-2 victory in the D’Arpino Cup but it was the CSL representatives advancing to the Manning Cup second round 4-3 on penalties.
Java Harrison, Darrian Chambers and Michael Henry scored for the Rovers in the D’Arpino Cup, while Paul McDaid and Darren Coleman replied for the Rocks.
In the Manning Cup, a gusty Shamrock side prevailed in the shootout after a 2-2 draw in the regulation time.
Santiago Rigby [two] exchanged goals with Isaiah Marshall and Rafael Carpes.
Later, Stuart Colbert, Chuong Tran, Zach Gosse and Anthony Tagliaferri converted penalties for Shamrock, while new goalie Gavin Joyce made a pivotal save on Rovers’ third penalty after Rigby had blasted over the bar.
Manning Cup winners in 2013 and losing finalists last season, the CSL’s United FC got off to a flying start this campaign, thanks to Pavlo Kolonifa. He netted a hat trick in a 5-1 drubbing off Glen Cove.
Viktor Tepshev added a brace.
Robbie Cabrera and Glen Long shot New York Athletic Club past Forest Park 2-1 on Travers Island.
Manhattan Celtic paid the price against Port Jefferson for resting five players ahead of this Saturday’s CSL Irish derby with Lansdowne [8 p.m., Tibbetts Brook Park]. They slipped 2-1.
Also in the Manning Cup, undermanned Central Park Rangers crashed 3-0 to East Hampton.
“With just 12 players for a long trip and many regular starters missing, it was bound to be difficult against solid opposition. We put in a good effort and the score was harsh, but they won deservedly,” said coach Eli Vovsha.
CSL sides cut a swath through the Flamhaft Cup for second tier first teams.
CPR Reds were one of the big winners on the day with a 7-1 mauling of HASL outfit Leros. Timur Mone [two], Tim Lonergan [two], Andrew Fisher [two] and goalie Andrew Snell [pen.] tallied.
Bronx Supreme were 7-1 victors as well on the day, against CA Tumi on Randalls Island.
Stephen Oduro starred with a hat trick, Eric Lopez, Barrie Mohammed (2) and Abdul Caulker also scored.
“They were not a strong team and only had 10 players,” said the Supreme’s Freddie Estiakoh.
Ittihad FC evicted Farmingdale 4-1 on Randalls on goals by Ahmadulah Mayan, Edris Younis, Hashim Alamurad and Shaiem Alamurad.
Pat O'Callaghan struck twice in NYPD-Brishna’s 3-1 win over Yonkers Ukrainians at Flushing Meadows. Collin Wynter was the other marksman.
Stal Mielec were the other CSL regulation time victors in the Flamhaft Cup. Radek Ksepka and Jacek Lawniczak scored in a 2-1 decision over the EDSL’s Primo.
Steve Kovalenko’s New York Ukrainians edged Port Jefferson 4-3 in sudden death penalties in the Flamhaft Cup after a 2-2 draw.
John Anderton and David Alkasimi scored in regulation as the CSL flag carriers came from behind to lead 2-1.
John Wood, Anderton, Franklyn Solarte and Jean Magloire sealed the penalty win.
In Yonkers, Lucas Shanks’ second half double rallied Manhattan Kickers from two down to a 5-4 shootout victory over The EDSL’s Capo Verdi.
Shanks’ first goal cut Kickers’ deficit. His second tied the game momentarily before the hosts took the lead again. However, Hayden Morris equalized to make it 3-3 and force penalties.
In the shootout, Kicker goalie Bernie Sheary clinched it for the visitors when he stopped a Verdi spot kick.
Mauricio Chaparro and Damone Manning [pen.] connected in Westchester’s come-back against Floral Park at Evander Childs High School to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Ed Romero’s crew then prevailed 4-2 on penalties, during which goalie Ron Bonilla came up big to preserve Sporting’s unbeaten home run.
At Liberty Park in Jamaica, Queens, Kurt Cameron and Mixalis Dramountanis combined to earn Doxa a 2-2 tie with Queens Liberty en route to an 8-7 penalty win in the Flamhaft Cup.
First Cameron crossed for Dramountanis to fire home. Then the latter centered for Cameron to nod in.
Elsewhere in the Flamhaft Cup, unbeaten CSL Division Two leaders Zum Schneider [5-0, 15] slipped to a 1-0 loss to Mineola Portuguese at Mineola High School.
Everton FC Westchester ‘B,’ whose first team holds the Manning Cup, advanced to the D’Arpino Cup second round with a 4-1 thrashing of the NYPD-Brishna reserves.
Bujat Gjata, Dan Boffa [two] and Klaudio Shala, the latter from an estimated 60-yards, scored.
Mohammad Mashriqi had the lone response for the Cops, who are undefeated in the league.
It was back to winning ways for Bill Saporito’s NYAC reserves, whose last game was a 3-1 loss to Pancyprian two weeks ago. They held off Manhattan Celtic ‘B’ by the same scoreline on Travers Island.
“We scored twice in the first ten minutes,” reported Saporito. “Patrick Pierre the first and Dav Blum the second -- and started to coast. Celtic did not. They scored on a free kick around 20 minutes in and then chased the game the rest of the way.
“They almost pulled a draw out, smashing a shot against the post at 75 minutes before Chris Barsky shut the door, finishing a two-man breakaway in 85th.”
Second-half goals by Tyler Webster and Vitaliy Firsov led CPR Whites ‘B’ to a 2-0 decision over the Pancyprian reserves on Randalls Island. Mario Reyes and Emilio Talero had assists.
NYC Rovers, meanwhile, won the “Battle of the Rovers” after dispatching Beyond Rovers 4-2 in the D’Arpino Cup. Luis Gonzalez, Matt Weill and Jeph Vernaza [two] scored.
Also through to the second round are CD Iberia who pipped Zum Schneider 2-1 on strikes by Andres Suarez and Eddie Lijo. Sandro Tocacio replied for Zum.
Josh Fischer had the solitary goal in the New York Ukrainian reserves’ 1-0 win over Polet.
Doxa’s depleted reserves came away from distant Port Jefferson a dejected lot after being reduced to nine men by injuries and consequently blowing a 4-0 lead in a penalty loss.
Andrea Michael [two], Taso Iacovou and Kaka Souza were on target in regulation time. But with no subs on the bench, injuries would ultimately wilt the CSL side to nine men as the hosts erased the deficit.
It finished 5-5 leading to PKs and an unlikely Doxa defeat.
“Great come-back by Port Jefferson. However, there is absolutely NO way they would have had the opportunity to come back if we had not had to travel so far with no bench for substitutions,” rued Foti Bouklis.
Free scoring Piotr Brzezinski banged in three goals in FC Gwardia’s 9-0 blowout of Olympiacos NY at Bushwick inlet.
Marcin Januszko and Konrad Sobotka both added a brace, with Kamil Kosmider and Wojciech Targonski also chipping in.
NYFC Iliria also enjoyed a goalfest against Lansdowne Bhoys’ metro side, running off 6-0 winners. Ergi Janku, Ardi Kosova and Alaji Kouruma all struck twice.
Missile FC downed NYC Afghanistan 5-1in Flushing with Jo [two], Brifil Louidon, Junior Pierre and Ernst Brutus inflicting the damage.
On Long Island, Ridgewood Romac flattened Oyster Bay Park 6-2. Ayhan Bekdemir [14th, 28th], Emre Tetik [20th, 70th], Paul Duca [50th] and Alex Anton [88th] starred.
Winless in the CSL, Mr. Dennehy’s cruised to a much needed win in the cup, 4-0 at the expense of the LISFL’s South Jamaica. Francisco Patino, Stephan McElreath, Josh Southall and Dave Sandifer tallied on Randalls Island.
“Hopefully this will kick start our league season, especially with a game this Sunday against current Metro One table-toppers, FC Spring Valley,” remarked Dennehy’s Ronan Gardiner.
Albert Ruci, Dare Odunai and Lorenzo [two] netted for Korabi in a 4-0 romp over New York’s Finest.
In Lindenhurst, New York Croatia evicted the home team 4-1 from the Strumpf Cup. Gianluca Salza, Filip Loncar, Chris Beckett and Brian Merlos did the needful.
Williamsburg International dismissed ten-man Gotham City 3-1 on Randalls Island. Esteban Garcia, Nicolas Mikolenko and Mark Gallagher scored for the Doylies, who commended Gotham for a spirited game while playing a man short.
Ghaith Humaimidi, assisted by Hector Lourenco, replied for Gotham, who top the Metro Two East table and are undefeated in the CSL.
“Unfortunately, we were a man down the whole game as our keeper did not come,” explained Matt Kao.
NYC Metro Stars had goals from Cesar Lima [two] and Arthur Ouedraogo in a 4-3 loss to Port Jefferson.
On Randalls Island, Dave Harvey’s strike for Shamrock 1960 sent Homenetmen tumbling out of the Strumpf Cup 1-0.
Barnstonworth Rovers Metro, meanwhile, needed a 90th goal by Brandon Rowley to ease out AO Brooklyn 1-0.
It went to penalties as well at Fort Totten Park where Metro City Fury Athletic FC outshot Auburndale-Flushing 4-2 after a 4-all stalemate.
Andrew Gammone, Nocero Beguhe [two] and Stanley Maxi struck in regulation for Fury, while Jay Ocampo [two], Luis Molina and Leo Coppola replied for Auburndale in a back and forth affair.
An exchange of goals by Juan Luis Gonzalez and FC Partizani player/coach Iglir Arapi in a 1-1 draw on Randalls Island culminated in a 5-4 NY Galicia penalty victory.
Also in Strumpf Cup action, Mola nudged out Beyond FC on 4-2 on spot kicks following a 2-2 tie scripted by Kanijah Lucien’s double.
Antonio Medieros, Leo Mejia, Neil Franco and Chris Discipio were the penalty heroes at Verrazano Sports Complex.
Manhattan Kickers Premier blanked L.I. Gaels 3-0 on Randalls Island.
Khouri Mullings bagged two [2nd, 60th], assisted by Oscar Villada and Andres Padilla respectively, before Padilla iced it [70th].
Kickers Over-30s stunned hosts Istria 3-2 after clawing back from two down. Yadh Yaich, and Dylan Dodd had hauled the visitors back when Paul Cowler nodded in the winner.
Nedgy Nazon and Errol McFarlane led Cozmzo FC past CPR Veterans 2-1 at Bush Terminal Field. Ernest Subah, aided by Neil Stower, had the CPR response in the first of back-to-back meetings between the sides. They clash again this weekend in the CSL.
CSL Over-30 champ Shamrock needed penalties to squeak past New York Polet 4-3 in their Marth Cup tie on Long Island.
Sean Riley connected in the 1-1 regulation time draw while Billy Hole drilled in the decisive penalty in the shootout. Paddy Geraghty, Sean Riley and Bingo O'Driscoll were the other PK scorers.
Manhattan Celtic Masters had a gem of a consolation goal in a 6-1 shellacking by Glen Cove.
Simon Nee launched a 40-yard free kick that grazed Alex Rossi's head and was then headed into the net by Chris Arnold.
Elsewhere in the Marth Cup, Bundy Docz had SC Eintracht’s face-saver in their 7-1 thrashing by Integral Kings, while Nieuw Amsterdam pipped Shamrock Legends 1-0.