CPR Blacks held 1-0 lead majority of the game but couldn’t overcome two dives converted to free kicks as their State Cup run ends in second round.
CPR Blacks controlled the play in the early going with the games’ opening goal by Brandon Levy finishing a through pass by newcomer Charlie Fuentes.
First half finished with a score line 1-0 to CPR Blacks.
DynamoSClooked to slow down the pace by consistently diving each time the felt physical contact.
Final score ended 2-1 toDynamoSCby capitalizing on two free kicks, which to no surprise the free kicks were results of diving.
In the first half we set a new record for chances created but the 0% conversion rate gave Partizani confidence going into halftime. The OldBoys dominated the first half but the history of football isn’t kind to teams who leave it until the second half. Partizani took the lead in the 60th minute despite being clearly offsides and a linesman who’s only job is to watch for these things. Chasing the game we looked frazzled and out of sorts but still created plenty of pressure. Partizani is quite skilled on the counter and threatened several times as we pushed for the equalizer. In the 85th minute Stower found the back of the net when he crushed a bouncing ball from 12 yards out.
Had we scored in the first half I think it would have triggered an avalanche of goals. Leaving it to the second half was costly because we had very limited options on the bench, then Brindley went off injured and we had no options besides me.
Props to Steve Morse for turning up despite still recovering from food poisoning. Thank god drunk Willie made an unexpected appearance after kickoff. Still drunk Willie is a much better defender than an old broken down Becker.
The Whites Reserves traveled to Oyster Bay, Long Island to face Fenerbache F.C. in the second round of State Cup competition. After several weeks away from action, the Reserves were poised to shake off the disappointing regular season form and defend last season’s State Cup title. The Reserves had difficulty adjusting to the sloppy natural grass conditions, struggling to preserve possession and footing. The central defense was bolstered by Pat White’s welcomed return from injury and Mike’s second match back. Fenerbache’s front line was kept quiet throughout the half and the only hints of danger emanated from self inflicted sloppy giveaways by the Reserves. The ever industrious Norelli provoked a couple dangerous chances and the clearest opportunity was a header from Chris B. that was thwarted off the goal line from the active Fenerbache keeper.
The scoreless seal was broken fifteen minutes into the second half. Fenerbache’s goal came against the run of play after an awkward sequence resulted in the ball harmlessly rolling to an apparent offside striker who slotted the ball home amidst our halted defense. The goal was allowed and marked the first in a series of questionable calls by the referee. The Reserves showed great resilience, bouncing back from the questionable goal and ramping up the intensity and dominating the flow of play. No more than 10 minutes later, the Reserves pulled even with an awkward strike of their own. Archie’s strike from outside the area deflected off a Fenerbache player and the balls looping flight path sneaked just inside the near post and past the keepers’ flailing arms. The squad continued to press and scored what appeared to be goal number two on a set piece with Mike outwilling the tall center backs to head home past the keeper. Inexcusably, the goal was disallowed by the referee. However, the Reserves continued to dictate play and secured the elusive second goal through a Norelli blast into the roof of the net form a tight angle deep in the penalty area. The Reserves failed to capitalize a few close chances to distance the lead and Fenerbache pulled the game even with only minutes to play. Tied at the end of regulation, the match advanced to spot kicks. Unfortunately, the good fortune in penalty kick shootouts from last seasons Cup title run did not carry over into the new campaign and the Reserves lost 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Lineup: (K) Jon, (D) Andy, (D) Pat, (D) Mike, (D) Chris B., (M) Andres, (M) Mike D., (M) Devin, (M) Carlos, (M) Archie, (S) Chris N.
Subs: Josh, Joakim
The one where the referee stopped the game… again!
For the second time in the Fall 2012 season, the referee called the game before time. This time, it was Troy’s threats and insults to the referee that resulted in Grays being awarded the full three points before time.
The unseasonably warm November morning saw CPR start the game with Enticott and Mazzi (sic) starting as strikers, Stig, Azzo, Texas and Linehan in the midfield, Marko, Yuval, Toks and Kratz in defense and Mejias in goal with Solinas, Kareem, Roberts and UK on the bench. CPR were a tad lethargic and surprisingly tame when it came to challenging for possession. The lack of urgency in the first half resulted in few shots attempted on Troy’s distinctly non-athletic keeper. Towards the end of the uninspired first half, Troy went ahead after Mejias thoroughly clattered their striker with a late but robust tackle in the box and the ref had no choice but to award a penalty.
The second half was much better but CPR struggled to get level. The difference was the potent force running box-to-box on the left flank in the second half by one Charles Linehan, speed merchant and lady killer. Stig’s impressive outing came to an end shortly after the restart when he pulled a hamstring on a break. With Stig and his deeply disturbing mustache roaming the sidelines, the ladies team assembling for the game following ours quickly dispersed. CPR started to threaten more insistently and were it not for saves from the Troy keeper that were actually instinctive reactions to protect his face from the ball, CPR would have wrapped up the points quickly.
Kareem started to find space and time with the ball and UK came in to provide a robust attacking threat on the left flank. A nifty through ball down the middle by Azzo found Kareem face to face with the keeper before getting dragged down from behind by the beaten center back before he could take a shot. Red card and penalty awarded to CPR. Kareem took the penalty and then took it again after UK was adjudged guilty of encroachment. Tie game.
With a man down, Troy was running out of gas and CPR went ahead after a corner kick was was pinged around a scrum of players before Solinas took charge and put it in net with about 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Troy protested, had another player sent off and eventually shouted enough abuse at the ref who then crossed the field to Mejias in goal and informed him that, by law, he had to protect him. Game over and CPR go joint top of the table.
Friday night make up: (11/16)
Mens Red @ Gotham Argo, 8pm Randalls #74
Sunday Games (11/118)
Womens Red @ NY Smoking Aces, 8pm McCarren Park
Womens White @ Rovers1, 10:45am East 6th Street
Mens White vs. NY Greek American Atlas, 2pm Randalls #75
Mens White Reserves vs. NY Greek American Atlas, 12noon Randalls #75
Mens Red vs. BWG Cosmos, 6pm Randalls #75
Mens Black vs. Barnstonworth Rovers, 10am Randalls #54
Mens Grays vs. Hoboken FC, 12noon Randalls #74
Mens Old Boys @ Brooklyn Gunners, 2pm Randalls #74
Mens Legends @ SC Gjoa, 8am Dyker Park
CPR Whites where knocked out of the Sate Cup on Sunday in the unfortunate manner of penalties. The firsts took the lead through a great opportunistic strike from Kwesi, but were unable to hold on to it against a talented United FC team. We conceded in the second half after losing possession in our defensive half and finished the game 1-1.
TEAM: Ben, Shane, Mike N, Nick, Mike Nel, Xavi, Andy, Conor, Dan Riz, George, Kwesi – subs: Paul Rob, Eli
The White Reserves took on undefeated and league champions, NYAC, on Sunday before Superstorm Sandy. The storm could not stop the reserves as they came out and put on the best performance of the young season but the effort was not enough as they lost 2-0. With the return of Mike C, the reserves defense seemed to play with greater confidence and held off a strong NYAC attack throughout the first half. The Whites, still missing key players due to injury and travel (thanks to Andres and Greg from the Reds for helping out!), came out strong and moved the ball well but was not able to produce much scoring chances in the first half.
Second half proved to be a different story, NYAC proved once again their ability to score on set plays as they scored their first goal of the game midway through the second half. The Whites continued to fight and push forward and created some great chances but were not able to convert. Just as things started to look bright for CPR, they were caught on a counterattack and NYAC was able to convert for a 2-0 lead. Playing the CPR way, the Whites did not give up but time eventually ran out. This game was a sign for better things to come as the reserves finally started to play the way they are known for playing.
Starters: Jon (GK), Brian (D), Mauricio (D), Mike C (D), Andy M (D), Archie (M), Mike D (M), Andres P (M), Devin (M), Andres (M), Chris N (F)
Subs: Greg, Tony
Womens Red beat Manhattan Kickers 4-1
Womens White were shutout by Vendeval 0-5
Mens White lost on PK’s to United FC (CSL) in the Manning Cup, it was 1-1 at the end of regulation
Mens White Reserves lost on PK’s to OB Fenerbache (LISFL) in the D’Arpino Cup, it was 2-2 at the end of regulation
Mens Red @ Gotham Argo, PPD – field issues
Mens Black lost 0-2 to Dynamo SC (CSL) in the Division 3 Cup
Mens Grays beat Troy Turkish United 2-1
Mens Old Boys drew 1-1 with FC Partizani
Mens Legends had the weekend off
Womens Red - 9am East 6th St.
Womens White - 3pm East 6th St.
Mens White @ United FC (CSL) 6pm, Aviator Field (Manning Cup)
Mens White Reserves @OB Fenerbache (LISFL) 3pm Oyster Bay, LI (D’Arpino Cup)
Mens Red @ Gotham Argo, 5pm East 6th Street
Mens Black @ Dynamo SC (CSL) (Division 3 Cup) 12noon, Verrazano (turf field)
Mens Grays @ Troy Turkish United, 8am Randalls # 75
Mens Old Boys vs FC Partizani , 8am Randalls #74
Mens Legends have the weekend off