Womens Red vs. NY Magic Reserves, 3pm east 6th Street
Womens White @ Scala, 11am East 6th Street
Mens White vs. Polonia SC, 2pm Randalls #75
Mens White Reserves vs. Polonia SC, 12pm Randalls #75
Mens Red vs. Mr. Dennehey’s SC, 5pm Randalls #74
Mens Black @ NY Ittihad, 7pm Randalls #74
Mens Grays vs. BWG Cosmos, 10am Randalls #54
Mens Old Boys have a BYE
Mens Legends @Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, 9pm Pier 40
Similar to the seasons’ first two matches, the Reserves got off to a fast start and enjoyed an early 1-0 lead from a Norelli strike. The industrious striker received the ball inside the penalty area with time and space and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net. However, the momentum slowly fizzled as the Reserves struggled to find their defensive shape and maintain possession. We were fortunate to escape the half with the lead after the opposition’s speedy striker failed to convert a couple close chances.
The Reserves started the second half with renewed composure and managed to piece together stretches of possession. Led by strong play from Mike D., the midfielders exposed holes in the Eagles weak defense and created several chances but could not secure the elusive second goal. In the final fifteen minutes, the Eagles pressed hard with their direct style of football and we narrowly avoided the equalizer when a breakaway strike pinged off the side post. With only a minute remaining the Eagles managed to secure the equalizer when a CPR header clearance deflected off an Eagles player into the empty net. The disappointment was further exacerbated by a late game injury to Greg – speedy recovery to Moss. Onwards and upwards as we shake off the tie and look ahead to F.C. Polonia…
Squad: Jon (GK), Adam (D), Mauricio (D), Chris (D), Andy (D), Greg (M), Archie (M), Mike (M), Andres (M), Tony (F), Norelli (F)
Subs: Carlos (M), Devin (M), Brian (M/D)
CPR White Reserves were unlucky to leave south Brooklyn with only a 1-1 draw against United FC. The reserves controlled the flow of play and created numerous quality chances, but only capitalized on a close range effort from Chris Norelli. The goal resulted from a long throw-in and flick on before the ball was willed across the goal line from the relentless Norelli. Despite increasing pressure from United FC, we continued to dominate the game but a wonderful strike from distance got United FC back into the game less than five minutes before half-time.
In the second half, our defense settled into a more cohesive rhythm to turn away the opposition’s repeated long balls and Jon parried a strong header mid-way through the half to prevent a pressing United from taking the lead. We continued to find success sending our strikers through the porous United FC defense and managed to slow down the frenetic first half pace and dominate possession in midfield. Unfortunately, three quality individual efforts from Norelli, Tony and Carlos, respectively, did not produce goals. The most compelling of which was a lovely sequence from Carlos which involved skinning no fewer than 3 United defenders only to fire the ball directly at the keeper from close range. But it was not in the end and we came away with our first point of the season and plenty to build on. A special thanks to Reds players Rob, Declan and Ian for strong contributions!
Squad: Jon (GK), Andy (D), Joakim (D), Rob (D), Chris (D), Greg (M), Archie (M), Mike (M), Andres (M), Tony (F), Norelli (F)
Subs: Carlos (M), Ian (M), Declan (F)
The Whites showed good organization and shape during a tightly contested 1-1 draw against Jersey City Eagles last Sunday. CPR started a little rough with many cheap give aways. Jersey City managed to control some possession, but as the half wore on CPR settled in and relaxed. For the second strait week a short bout of extra effort from George to keep the ball in play and cross it over to Riso, who beat one defender, and with a classy toe poke managed to put the ball on frame. The JC keeper made the first save, but Lasse was waiting to pounce on the rebound and CPR was up 1-0. The match continued with CPR now finding the better spells of possession, but right before half a driving run from a JC midfielder followed by a through ball and a cross which resulted in the equaliser. The ball somehow rebounded in off of a blocked clearing header. CPR was unlucky to not be leading at the half.
The second half displayed a battle in the midfield with neither team being able to create any real dangerous chances. CPR’s best opportunity came when Kwesi finished a ball from behind JC back line, but he was debatably called offsides. The final whistle came with the score at 1-1.
Squad: Shane (D), Nick (D), Mike Ni (D), Matt (D), Riso (M), Conor (M), Westy (M), George (M), Lasse (M), Kwesi (F), Ben (GK)
Subs: Brunet, Mike Ne, Eli
In this season’s Women’s Derby this past Sunday, the Whites suffered a tough 0-2 defeat to the club rivals, the Reds. A beautiful day for soccer, Sunday was a heartbreaking loss for the Whites, 0-1-2 so far this season. The Whites rejected the Reds’ advances for 40+ minutes until, in the closing minutes of the first half, the Reds capitalized on a turnover at the halfway line. Making a quick transition, the opponent’s forward, Jill, netted a far-post shot from 20 yards out. In our defense, she is really, really fast. The Whites held the 0-1 score for the majority of the second half, battling back but unable to finish their chances. Kelly Sanders’s 25 yard free kick beat the Reds’ wall and was the best on goal shot from the Whites, but was unable to get past the keeper. In the last minutes of the second half, Reds’ newcomer Paddy attacked out of the back and laced a shot from way outside to make the score 0-2. Again, in our defense, she just graduated college. The Whites were unable to return the favor in the closing minutes of the game, receiving a disappointing L after 90 minutes.
When reached for comment, Kaitlin Dufton responded brusquely yet not impolitely, “grrr
”. The inclusion of a smiley face with the frustration sums up this showing well; despite the final score, the Whites showed important improvements. Building on the usual tough defending, with Cat Verri continuing to fill Gump’s shoes at center back, the offense was finally clicking and creating our best chances this season. The Whites look to improve their record this Sunday at 11:00AM at the East 6th field against Scala, because we have to and because it is about time us forwards score.
The women’s white team made their season debut with a big dose of mediocre against Rovers 2! The good news was that goalie Jo Snapp forced a shut-out. The bad news was that the Rovers 2 goalie responded in kind. The Whites should have won, but they didn’t. Hopefully CPR will start shooting a little more this season. Check back sporadically to see if we’ve been posting match reports. We also don’t have a great record with those.
CPR lined up with Dan in goal, Marko, Steve, Toks and Yuval at the back, Jack, Stig, Kareem and Texas Mike in midfield, and Rich and Ugo leading the charge up top. Charlie, UK, Chris and Eduardo were subs.
UK reminded the squad to ignore the Partizano histrionics. 3 games into the CSL season, and they are already famous for their overall unpleasantness. We started quick and disciplined and following some nifty passing from the back through midfield, Stig hooked a shot from outside the penalty area that dipped into the far right of the goal for 1-0 start. Soon after and out of nowhere, Partizani #9 struck a bouncing ball a few yards past midfield that caught Dan off his line and leveled the score. A few minutes later, Jack sent in a corner that found Stig in the middle of the box and he hammered home for a well deserved 2-1 lead. There were some handbags in the first half that saw the entire Partizani bench, fans and traveling dogs invade the pitch which proved to be a harbinger of things to come.
In the second half, CPR did not deal with a hopeful run by their forward who managed to get a foot on the ball in front of the defender and sent it past Dan for 2-2. CPR started to move the ball again and apply more pressure when Jack and a Partizani player (it is hard to keep track of all the a-holes in their side) got into a tackle that soon degenerated into a scrum where Jack was punched and kicked by some of the Partizani scumbags. The ref stopped the game and quickly went home, ending the game at 2-2 with 20 minutes to play. Before we left the field, a bushy-topped Partizani ambled to our sideline to remind everyone just why they are all a-holes by promising to remember Jack and the rest of us in the return fixture. Partizani are a disgrace and lucky the ref ended the game with the score tied.
9/23/12__The Reds, in only their second game as as newly constructed team, decided to make the learning curve of a new group of guys playing together that much harder by unveiling a new formation: the seldom heard of Trinidadian 2-3-2-3…
Despite some early growing pains on the pitch with people getting used to where they and their teammates were supposed to be, the formation played to the strengths of the roster and the team grew stronger and more confident as the match wore on. Korabi scored in the first 15-20 minutes on a broken play volley from the 18 to the far 90…once in a lifetime shot that nevertheless put the Reds behind 1-0. As players settled into their roles the Reds managed to get several good chances on net and began to mount pressure on the home team. There were some interesting calls by the referee, but nothing game changing on either side of the ball. Reds fought hard until the last whistle but were unable to pull even.
Honorable mention to GK Alex, who despite refusing to warm-up for more than 2-shots, saved everything under the sun once the game started, save for a random rocket shot that wasn’t getting saved by Blake Griffin…and new guy Matthew, making his CPR debut after returning from doing volunteer work with senior citizens across the pond…even if it took us 45 minutes to figure out what the hell he was talking about.
And then things got interesting…with a match at a pitch hidden in a sunken marsh in the middle of Staten f***ing Island, and a late start due to the previous game having finished late, the Reds faced their stiffest challenge yet…how to get 14 guys to the last ferry in one mini-van…missing the boat would mean spending a full hour more than needed in the St. George Terminal and almost certain peril…Rusty, the Korabi manager, an all-around good guy apparently, got the referee (with his wife and kids in his car) to give some guys a ride to the ferry and took the rest in his car…all made it back to Manhattan safe and sound, and even had time to squeeze in a cold pint (or an Oilcan…) on the boat.
CPR, I present to you the New Reds: 12 men went back to the bar after returning from the swampland at 8:15 pm on a Sunday night….
Man of the Match: Alex “I guess I’ll warm up” Margolin
Honorable Mention: Matthew “Tippy Toes” Hatcher
CPR Blacks toppled NIFA SC 4-1 Sunday morning to pick up second consecutive win of the season.
CPR Blacks (2-0-1) showcased a balanced attack with four different players notching goals, including midfielders Andrew Shore and Chris Valentine, and strikers Baha’a Ahmed and Brandon Levy. The defense, under attack by NIFA SC’s strategy of using 3 to 4 players at forward position, maintained another solid performance backed by goalkeeper Ben Zwicker.
Andrew Shore put CPR Blacks on the board early with his first goal of the season. The midfielder’s well placed finish came off effort and cross from Caleb Seeley coming down the flank.
NIFA SC capitalized on a small opportunity of being onside on a rare occasion by heading in a equalizer past Zwicker.
Baha’a Ahmed gave CPR Blacks’ the 2-1 lead by burying his fourth goal of season with a low shot beating NIFA SC’s goalkeeper to the near side. Soon after Ahmed’s goal CPR Blacks extended their lead 3-1 with a break away shot to the upper corner by Brandon Levy.
Chris Valentine finalized the scoring with CPR Blacks’ fourth and final goal of the game near closing minutes with a diving header from a well placed cross in the box.
Multiple chances by numerous CPR Blacks’ off the posts and crossbar added to the frustrations and kept the score disparity from being wider.
CPR Blacks play away next Sunday to NY Ittihad, location and kick off time are yet to be released.
Womens Red beat Womens White 2-0 in the Derby (Jill and Patty scored)
some photos on our Facebook Page and a full set is here
Mens White and the Reserves each drew 1-1 with JC Eagles
Mens Red fell 0-1 to Korabi SC
Mens Black beat NIFA 4-1 (goals from Andy, Chris, Brandon and Baja)
Mens Grays @ Partizani 2-2 (abandoned, arbiter ruling pending)
Mens Old Boys beat Nieuw Amsterdam 2-0 (goals from Dave and Steve H.; match report here)
Mens Legends had a BYE this weekend