November 20, 2015
THEIR CUPS RUNNETH OVER
CSL Report: Lansdowne Bhoys reach Amateur Cup regional final, 3rd round of Open Cup
By Jay Mwamba
Special to BigAppleSoccer.com
In a 72-hour spell, Cosmopolitan Soccer League champions Lansdowne Bhoys reached the U.S. Amateur Cup regional final and stormed into the third round of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup.
Their first victory came in the Amateur Cup semifinals against 2014 Cup winners New York Greek Americans at Tibbetts Brook Park last Thursday night. Ciaran McGuigan buried the rebound from a free kick in the fifth minute for the only goal of the match.
The Bhoys are scheduled to play the Pancyprian Freedoms-Port Jefferson winner in the final [TBA]. The Greek-Cypriots, who lead the Bhoys by two points in the CSL First Division, beat Zum Schneider, 2-0, in the quarterfinals.
Three days after defeating the Greeks, Austin Friel’s lads stormed Massachusetts and crushed hosts Worcester FC, 5-0, in the U.S. Open Cup second round at Foley Stadium.
“That's the best football I've ever seen you play lads,” a proud Friel told his players.
Ovan Oakley, Slyvester “Kele” Sikele, Karim Russell, Ian Sweeney and Gareth McGlynn scored.
Keith Detelj and Chris Megaloudis fired three-time winners Pancyprian past Jersey Shore Boca, 2-1, on Randalls Island and into the third round of the Open Cup.
It was Megaloudis’ third goal in two outings in the Cup. His brace helped knock out his former club, Greek Americans, 4-2, in extratime in the first round.
Andreas Chronis notched the winner and man of the match honors as holders Everton FC Westchester knocked off New York Athletic Club, 2-1, on Travers Island to reach the semifinals.
NYAC’s Robbie Cabrera had earlier canceled out Paul Nittoli’s opener for Everton.
Losing Manning Cup finalists last season and winners in 2013, United FC saw off Polonia, 3-1, at the Aviator Sports Complex to book a quarterfinal berth.
Pavlo Kolonifa [two] and Bohdan Matsushenko tallied.
Doxa cruised into the Flamhaft Cup quarterfinals with a 6-1 drubbing of the EDSL’s Yorktown at Tibbetts Park Field.
Following a minute of silence, insisted by Doxa coach Paul Grafas and his assistant/player Foti Bouklis for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, the CSL side proceeded to put Yorktown to the sword.
“The game was relatively easy,” said Bouklis after goals by Billy Athanasopoulo, Kurt Cameron [three], Mixali Dramountani and Doug McKim.
Standing between Doxa and a semi-final berth are CSL rivals Sporting Westchester [they tied 1-1 on Nov. 8] who blanked another EDSL side, Stade Breton, 4-0.
Emeleo Haughton [15th] had a goal and assists on strikes by Edmond Addison [35th] and Tivian Shorey [78th]. David Gamboa [55th] was the other scorer.
“Our defense and keeper had a great game. We finally recorded our second clean sheet of the season,” sSporting manager Ed Romero said
Bronx Supreme came away from McCarren Park with a 4-3 penalty victory over Steve Kovalenko’s New York Ukrainians that also put them in the Flamhaft Cup last eight.
It was 2-2 after regulation time, with Eric Lopez and Amanfo Assibu on target for Supreme and David Alkasimi and Alagie Janneh the Ukrainian marksmen.
In the shoot-out, Assibu, Lopez, Kwaku Sarpong, Prince Yeboah and Fedelis Amoako won it for the visitors.
Next up for Supreme are CPR Reds who saw off Beyond FC, 3-1, on Randalls Island, thanks to Deco Heffernan, Andrew Fisher and Brad Janes.
Playing catch up in the Flamhaft Cup, Manhattan Kickers dispatched CP Flames [Eastern District Soccer League], 3-1, in a delayed Round of 24 game at East River Park.
Brian Morris slotted in an Alex Torres rebound, Lucas Shanks nodded in Nick Bill’s long throw-in and Juan Carillo poked one home to earn Kickers a Round of 16 tie with NY Ittihad.
In other Flamhaft results, CSL sides NYPD-Brishna and Stal Mielec succumbed 1-0 to Ossing Portuguese [EDSL] and 2-0 NYWI United [2-0], respectively.
Hoboken FC stepped up its quest for a second Jersey State Cup in three seasons with a 3-1 romp over Portuguese Sports Association at Laurel Hill Park.
Chris Hall [48th], Martin Williams [54th] and Isaac Asomani [67th] tallied for the 2012 Cup winners.
Cup holders Lansdowne Bhoys ‘B’ eliminated Easthampton, 3-0, at Tibbetts Brook Park to advance to the quarterfinals.
Mark Finn, Travis Blair and Colm Devlin connected against the LISFL envoys.
New York Ukrainians’ reserves had goals from Eduard Shidlovskiy [two] and Uriah Cunha in their 3-1 victory over CPR Whites ‘B’ on Randalls Island. Tenzin Yougyal [55th pen.] was the CPR scorer.
That win put Ukrainians in the D’Arpino quarterfinals against New York Greek Americans. The latter thrashed Real NY FC of the LISFL, 5-2, at Van Buren High School.
Peter Meyer, Mike Megaloudis, Dimitri Antonopoulos and Mario Gagliano were among the scorers.
Also through to the D’Arpino quarterfinals are Everton FC Westchester ‘B’ who swept NY Ittihad 4-0. Dan Boffa [two], Claudio Shala and Esad Mackic scored.
CD Iberia and NYAC ‘B’ produced a dramatic battle on Randalls that began with the hosts taking an early 2-0 lead before conceding four unanswered goals. NYAC stormed to a 4-2 win in the delayed Round of 24 clash.
“A day to raise the coach's blood pressure,” NYAC coach Bill Saporito said.
He saw Dieguito Gonzalez and Javier Mejia shot Iberia ahead and then made a tactical switch that paid off.
“We changed our formation to get another guy up top and it worked when Patrick Pierre flicked a header off Joe Ruesgen's free kick,” narrated Saporito. “Junior Spinks then leveled matters with a great header just before the half. We were back in business.
“Spinks then finished off a two-on-one break by crashing along with the ball into the net for the winner. And Ruesgen (our first team coach) got his first goal with a left footer from 18 yards.”
“We played very well against a much better team [that] was obviously fitter,” conceded Juan Lago. “Nice to be able to test ourselves and compete with a top tier reserve team which is what the State Cup is about.”
Elsewhere in the D’Arpino Cup. CPR Reds’ reserves had a forfeit win over Westbury of the LISFL.
Ridgewood Romac ended a six-match winless streak in the CSL with a nine-goal blitz on Randalls Island against Dix Hills of the LISFL in the Strumpf Cup Round of 24.
Emre Tetik had a hat trick, Ayhan Bekdemir and Alex Anton each netted twice while Dorin Dican and Cosmin Chis had one apiece.
Jo Valentin also struck a hat-trick in the Strumpf Cup, inspiring Missile FC to a 5-0 rout of SC Eintracht at the Sloatsburg Community Field.
Charles Philip and Junior Pierre were the other scorers as Missile flew into the quarterfinals.
CSL Metro Two high scorers Williamsburg International were shut out, 3-0, by NYC Iliria at McCarren Park.
Klejdi Ruli, Shpendi Agaj and George Olvera connected to lead the visitors into the last eight of the Strumpf Cup.
HUGHIE & DAVE
At St. Michael’s Playground, second-half goals by Hughie McGowan and Dave Harvey [pen.] scripted Shamrock 1960’s 2-0 win over New York Galicia.
“They were a tricky team to play against," coach Andy Connolly said.
Second and third, respectively, in Metro Division One, Korabi and FC Gwardia set up a Strumpf quarterfinal date after victories in the Round of 16.
Korabi ousted Mola, 2-0, at the Greenbelt Recreation Center. Dare Odunai and Abdulla Begai scored.
Gwardia, meanwhile, had goals from Marcin Januszko and Patryk Jarosz in a 2-1 decision over the LISFL’s Port Jefferson at Bushwick Inlet.
Korabi and Gwardia tied 1-1 in a league match on November 8.
In other Strumpf Cup action, Nocero Beguhe bagged a hat-trick in Metro City Fury’s 6-3 loss to FC Spring Valley. The win put the undefeated Metro Div. One leaders in the last eight.
It took relatively younger opposition from a higher division to end Cozmoz’ unblemished record in all competitions this fall. The Over-36 side succumbed 3-0 at Pier 40 to the Over-30s’ Manhattan Celtic Legends.
Tyler Fransen and David Linn [two] were on target for Legends, now in the Marth Cup Round of 16.
Cozmoz top the CSL’s new Over-36 division with a flawless 8-0 record.
Jimmy Theodoropoulos [two] inspired Greek Americans Over-30 to a 3-1 victory over Brooklyn Gunners at Van Buren High School. Andres Matiz got the third goal.
And CSL champs Shamrock Over-30s earned a quarterfinal berth in the Marth Cup without kicking a ball. CPR Grays, their opponents in the Round of 16, showed up on Randalls Island without passes.