CPR Old Boys arrived at Randall’s Island in time to congratulate the CPR Grays on securing the Over 30′s 2nd Division title. The Old Boys are hoping to make it a CPR 1 and 2 finish.
Beating old foes Partizani 2-1 put the Old Boys within 2 points of the current 2nd place team, Hoboken, with each on equal games played and Hoboken having to play the newly crowned Champion Grays as one of the last 3 games. Partizani are on permanent probation with the league and are forced to provide three match officials for every game, which seemed to help as the game was largely incident free.
After a bright start, but many missed chances, the Old Boys finally made a breakthrough with Hakan setting up Chris Williams for a well-taken header. Three more chances went begging with Dave Sawyer finding acres of space but unfortunately not the back of the net.
In the second half, Eric Engler made it 2 nil with a well taken strike that cannoned in off a combination of goalkeeper and post.
Partizani threw numbers forward and eventually scored a consolation with 4 minutes remaining, leading to a nervy finale, but the Old Boys held firm and picked up a valuable three points. The defense and midfield earned particular praise during the post-game beers.
Competition: Partizani FC.
Result: 2-1 (1-0 at halftime).
Goals: Chris Williams (asst Hakan), Eric Engler (assist TBD).
Location: Randall’s Island #74.
Fans: Stevie Morse’s family continue to provide loyal and much appreciate support.
Yellow Cards: Willie Boyle.
Red Cards: none.
Old Man of the Match: Willie Boyle, Scott Brindley and Chris Williams tied it.
Manager of the Match: Despite having a weaker squad, the Old Boys cheekily voted that Partizani’s coach gave Becker a masterclass in management.
Team: Telly (keeper), Joe Phillips, Morse, Dan Ault, Brindley, Stower, Engler, Creighton, Sawyer, Chris Williams, Andy Jones, Willie Boyle.