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October 20, 2016
CSL Report: Lansdowne Bhoys, a Cinderella team last year, already eliminated from Open Cup

By Jay Mwamba Contributor

A surprise package in last season’s competition, Lansdowne Bhoys bowed out of the 2017 Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup second round qualifiers 3-2 to FC Motown Celtics in Bridgewater, N.J. Sunday.

The three-time Cosmopolitan Soccer League champions lost a heart-breaker at the Torpey Athletic Complex erasing a two-goal deficit with two minutes to spare only to concede a goal with the last play.

Motown, a semi-pro side from the Garden State Soccer League’s Super Division, struck twice inside 30 minutes through Dritan Sela and Max Garcia.

Lansdowne pulled one back before the interval when Colin Murphy blasted in a Karim Russell cross.

On resumption, the relentless Bhoys had a Daryl Kavanagh goal waved off by the referee and several other close chances before Russell leveled from the spot in the 88th minute.

But the tie took a cruel turn for Lansdowne, which ousted professional club Pittsburgh Riverhounds en route to the Open Cup third round proper last spring.

“Just as it seemed destined for extra time, Motown were awarded a soft free kick on the right wing. They drove the [ball] across the six-yard box and headed home at the back post -- game over,” Lansdowne president William McGrory said.

Andres Berriel was the Motown scorer.

“A hard one to swallow, but plenty left to play for with a massive game [this] Saturday night against Shamrock,” added McGrory, alluding to the Bhoys’ top-of-the-table CSL Irish derby clash with the First Division leaders.

Lansdowne came from behind to edge Pancyprian Freedoms, 3-2 in extratime in the Open Cup first-round qualifiers last month.

Motown, meanwhile, had a forfeit win over four-time Open Cup winners New York Greek Americans in the first round.


Four-goal hero Paul Nittoli keyed a 6-0 Cedar Stars Academy rout over the Long Island Soccer Football League’s Serbia that put the holders in the quarterfinals of the Manning Cup. Phil Bannister and Josue Ortiz were the other scorers.

Cedar Stars, which beat Port Jefferson 2-0 in last season’s final, meet the NYGA-Forest Park winner in the last eight.


Adam Marcu [two], Elliot Firth, Patrick Figureido and Gustavo Riego tallied in New York Greek Americans’ 5-1 Round of 16 drubbing of NY Irish Rovers at the Metropolitan Oval.

Forest Park [LISFL] edged the CSL’s Doxa 2-1. Mixalis Dramountanis scored for the latter, whose Kosta Sapountzis saw his potential equalizer come off the cross bar.


Ibrahima Bah was on target for Manhattan Celtic in a 1-1 regulation time draw with Port Jeff that the CSL side parlayed into a 4-2 penalty victory to reach the quarterfinals.

Two other CSL sides, seven-time Manning Cup champs Pancyprian Freedoms and Shamrock, advanced to the last eight without kicking a ball. Their respective opponents, the LISFL’s Kew Forest and Port Jeff Fusion, both forfeited.


Elsewhere, NYAC pipped Glen Cove Avellino, 1-0 in a preliminary round tie. They face East Hampton next in the Round of 16 after the Long Islanders’ 1-0 defeat of Zum Schneider.

In the Polish derby at McCarren Park, NY Polet of the LISFL came away with a 5-3 win.


Central Park Rangers’ two entrants in the Flamhaft Cup were in stellar form against Long Island opposition, banging in 14 goals between them while conceding just two, en route to the Round of 16.

The Reds demolished OB Park 11-2 away with Timur Mone netting four times. Andrew Fisher [two], Mack Woodruff [two], Brad Janes [two] and Donal O’Cofaigh got the other goals.

The Whites, meanwhile, blanked Olympiacos NY 3-0, thanks to an own goal and strikes by Lasse Kokko and Mouni Kabore.


Stal Mielec were the other big winners in the Flamhaft Cup with a 7-1 romp over South Jamaica Port on the road.

Bartek Dziuban, Kevin Romero and Jacek Lawniczak each had a brace. Lukasz Hausner had the other goal.

Stal, from the CSL second tier, meet another LISFL side, Black Eagles, in the Round of 16. Eagles dispatched the CSL’s Brishna 4-1.


Tommy Herlihy [two], Brian Morris, Thinus Nygaard and Albi Rexha starred in Flamhaft champs Manhattan Kickers’ 5-1 thrashing of EDSL envoys Capo Verde at East River Park.

Next up for Cup holders are Farmingville Port who edged NY Ittihad 2-1.


Deepak Mangwani, Nick Nebot, Veprim Gashi and Sherief El-Helaifi were on target in Beyond FC’s 4-2 penalty defeat of FSC College Point after a goalless tie.

NY Ukrainians outlasted Westchester FC of the EDSL 7-6 following a 2-2 tie on the road. Lukasz Prawdzik [10th] and Gamil Aljalal [20th] scored in regulation time for the CSL side.

FC Spring Valley also kept their nerve from the spot against another EDSL club, Yonkers Ukrainians to triumph 8-7 on penalties. Saul Ramirez connected for the CSL representatives in the 1-1 regulation tie.

“We survived and move on in our first year in the Flamhaft Cup after winning the Strumpf Cup in 2015 and 2016,” Juan Ramirez said.


Marcello Russo’s 35th minute penalty for CD Iberia was canceled out late by FDNY FSC who went to win the ensuing shoot-out 4-3.

“They scored the equalizer in the 70th minute,” noted David Lago. “FDNY had numerous chances to tie but our goalie Augie Shkreli made a few great saves. We had a chance to win it in the 92nd minute off an Andrew Rodriguez header that their keeper miraculously got a hand on.”

Also in the Flamhaft Cup, Romaine Watson had both Panatha goals in a 2-2 regulation tie with Ossining Port. The CSL club, however, succumbed 4-2 on penalties.


Chris Burns celebrated the birth of his son with a first half scorcher for Shamrock reserves that set up a 6-5 penalty victory over last season’s D’Arpino Cup losing finalists New York Greek Americans.

The full back’s rocket [30th] tied the game 1-1 on Randalls Island. The Rocks got another dramatic goal from another defender, debuting center back Conall McGrandles, to draw level once more [85th] and force penalties.

Darren Coleman, Joey Aronovsky, McGrandles, George Lara, Mike Stone and skipper Paul McDaid converted their shots before Jesse Corke saved the Greeks’ sixth PK.

"I'm very proud of the way the lads never gave up," said coach John Riordan. "The Greeks love the State Cup and were losing finalists in June so they came to play. But we responded well and kept our cool in the shootout.”

Riordan’s next hurdle is another Hellenic side, Pancyprian ‘B,’ in the Round of 16. The Greek-Cypriots squeaked past NY Irish Rovers reserves 4-2 on PKs after a 1-1 tie.


NYAC’s reserves breezed past Sporting Astoria ‘B’ 6-0 to secure a Round 16 D’Arpino date with the Port Jeff seconds.

“Astoria has some very good players, and their team played hard, but they just weren't deep enough,” reported NYAC boss Bill Saporito. “Dav Blum opened the scoring off a beautiful pass from Chris Barsky about 30 minutes in after we unlocked their offside trap.”

Alex Deckert got the second before the break, prompting Saporito to say: “We knew the next goal would decide the match.”

Astoria applied tremendous pressure early in the second half but Chris Sutherland made it 3-0 on the counter. NYAC then sealed it with a fourth by Brian Kuritzky and Steve Whitaker’s double.

Port Jeff were equally emphatic winners, thrashing short-handed Doxa ‘B’ 7-1.

Said Doxa’s Foti Bouklis: “Our players were unable to make it one hour out to Port Jefferson and we played with nine men.”

Still, Doxa made a fight of it, with Doug McKim reducing a 2-0 deficit at one point.

“Fatigue kicked in and we went down 5-1. Doug McKim had a goal called off for a close offside,” summed up Bouklis.


There was a CPR one-two in the D’Arpino Cup as well with the White and Red second units both triumphant.

Carlo Zanetti had the solitary goal as the Whites, 2012 cup winners, saw off City International 1-0 to book a Round of 16 tie with Panatha.

The Reds, for their part, had goals from Emilio and Dutch debutant Tom, in a 2-1 Round of 24 win over Forest Park.


A 2-0 result, thanks to Adnan Zaganjor [45] and Joshua Fischer [78], earned New York Ukrainians a Round of 16 tie with Real NYFC at Manhattan Kickers’ expense.


CD Iberia had a Christian Schwartz goal in a 1-1 draw with NY Ittihad 1-1 that the Spaniards went on to win 3-0 in a shootout.

Iberia collide with NY Polet in the next round after the LISFL side’s 3-2 defeat of Beyond FC. Bradley Ferrada and Karl Verna connected for Beyond.

Joining the CSL contingent in the D’Arpino Cup Round of 16 are Manhattan Celtic reserves, following a 2-1 result over Port Jeff. Victor Alobeidy and Daniel Deychakiwsky scored.


In the Strumpf Cup, Mark Gallagher reeled in a weekend high six goals as Williamsburg International mauled fellow CSL side SS Lazio 11-2.

John Kaddo, Andreas Moudatsos [two], Kevin Ruppel and Zach Mikolenko accounted for the other goals.


Williamsburg II bowed out 3-0 to Missile FC whose Eddy Previl, Lens Alexis and Jeff Louisme were on target.


Ergi Janku and Aladji Kourouma both struck twice in NYFC IIria’s 7-0 Strumpf Cup trouncing of NYDC Boldest [LISFL]. Bledi Kovaci, Klod Mele and Van Mehmeti were the other marksmen.

In the Round of 16, IIria play the Ridgewood-Korabi winner. While the former had a bye, Korabi evicted Dana P. Dimon’s Gotham Argo 3-1 in dramatic fashion on goals by Zekail Gazafer [two] and Gledis Nuza.

“Ahh, it was so sad!” lamented Dimon. “Two-zero to Korabi end of first half. Re-strategized at halftime; came back 2-2 and then they scored one in the last two minutes of the game. We definitely would have won in PKs.”

Federico Testi got both Gotham goals on rebounds from shots by Nick "Pugs" Pugliese and Eric "Gonzo" Goncalves, respectively.


Brady, Richard Hartnett and Oswaldo Valencia fired Lansdowne Bhoys 3-1 past the LISFL’s Asteras GCC and into a Round of 16 encounter with Flushing FC.

Flushing edged SC Eintracht 2-1 at Flushing Meadows Park on Chris Hain Prada’s 88th minute header from Samory Mullings’ assist off a corner.

Winger Leo Coppola [50th] had the hosts ahead and Eintracht needed two bites of the cherry before Artur Galstian equalized [77th].


Mr. Dennehy’s will face rookie CSL side Richmond County in the Round of 16 after seeing off NYC Afghanistan 3-1.

Francisco Correa, Jimmy Kuo and Filipe Lobato delivered for Dennehy’s. Richmond, meanwhile, forked out Barnstonworth Rovers 7-4.


Brandon Silva notched the only goal of the match in BW Gottschee’s Strumpf Cup showdown with Shamrock 1960. It was Gottschee’s second win over the Irishmen in the cup, having beat them on penalties last year.

“The game was close with the score 0-0 at the half, in large part because of three fine saves by Brandon Silva,” said Gottschee’s John Ryding. “Brandon also proved to be the difference in the second half when he smashed home a ball in the box.”


In Strumpf Cup hard luck stories for CSL teams, Beyond FC’s Sam Golzan [two] and Adrian Alexandru [pen.] connected in a 3-3 tie with AO Brooklyn that went to penalties. The Jersey men succumbed 5-3 in the shoot-out.

Vahe Sargsyan had the Homenetmen face-saver in a 5-1 drubbing by Kosmos United.

And Mola SC went down 5-3 to New York Croatia despite goals by Akiem Williams, Stefano Ingravallo and Chris Discipio.


Holders Shamrock steamrolled Garden City 5-1 on Randalls Island at the start of their Fritz Marth Over-30 State Cup defense.

The first CSL club ever to win the competition, Shamrock went for the jugular against the Long Islanders. Alex Berne, Sean Riley [two], Tayfun Gokmen and Johnny McGeeney connected.

"We played some very good football," said coach Paddy Mc Carry. "When the three boys up top - Johnny, Riley and Tayfun - are on form, they are hard to handle for any team.”

Shamrock Legends, the Queens club’s other envoys in the State competition, rallied back twice to beat Oceanside 4-2 on the road.

Karol Hughes [two], John Riordan and captain Richie Brennan scored.


A third Irish side, Lansdowne Bhoys, evicted Barnstonworth Old Boys 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Tibbetts Brook Park.

The Bhoys’ Brendan Hansbury had his early strike canceled out late [80th]. When it went to penalties, the Bhoys made all their shots while stand-in goalie Shane Moore pulled off two excellent saves.


Dangerman Nedgy Nazon drilled in four goals and Richard Purger three at Bush Terminal where Cozmoz held off Pancyprian Freedoms 7-5.

Pancyprian veteran Taso Polydefkis replied with a hat trick of his own while Anastasis Stylianou and William Hall added one apiece.

“Hockey score,” Taso jokingly said.


At Flushing Meadows, Greek Americans kept Hellenic hopes alive in the Marth Cup with a 2-1 win over NY Finess.

Tom Bouklis and Walter Matiz scored.


Ronnie Swinkels’ goal lifted CSL rookies CPR Orange past LI Gaels 1-0.

Three other CPR teams went out of the Marth Cup.

The Grays had an own goal in a 3-1 defeat to SC Gjoa; Dan Hollins netted for Old Boys in a 1-1 draw with Istria, but the LISFL campaigners aced the shootout; and Legends were shutout 6-0 by Polonez.


Manhattan Kickers also had their Marth Cup issues with both the Premier and Legends losing narrowly.

Alex Petrovic scored for a Kickers Premier side that battled bravely against Port Jefferson with just nine players having made the trip. They dropped a 2-1 decision.

The Kicker Legends also lost 2-1 to Glen Cove Avellino after taking the lead through center back Michael Schall’s first half header.

“Unfortunately our Over-37 bodies could not keep up with the under-37s and we coughed up two [goals] in second half,” remarked Eddie Yee Woo Guo.

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