With two of the last 3 games for the Legends resulting in forfeits by the opposition, it was a spring that ended up petering out. However a solid foundation has been put in place, with the 26 points in the inaugural season comparing favourably with 20 points in the Old Boyz first season. Maintaining the defence while adding some scoring punch will be paramount for next season.
Archive for: May, 2013
CPR Womens Red beat Manhattan Kickers 4-2 and ended up in 3rd place for the season
CPR Womens White fell 0-1 to Vendeval
CPR Mens White shutout the CPR Mens White Reserves 5-0 (league cup semi)
CPR Mens Red and Black were off
CPR Grays drew 2-2 with Hoboken to close out their title winning season
CPR Old Boys drew 2-2 with Brooklyn Gunners, thus ending up in 3rd place in the division
CPR Legends got 3 free points as RTG texted in a forfeit overnight
CPR Womens Red @ Manhattan Kickers 11am East 6th
CPR Womens White @ Vendeval 1pm Randall #73
CPR Mens White vs. CPR Mens White Reserves 1pm Randall #75 (league cup semi)
CPR Mens Red are off/done
CPR Mens Black are off/done
CPR Grays @ Hoboken 1pm Randall #74
CPR Old Boys vs. Brooklyn Gunners 8am Randall #74
CPR Legends vs RTG 8am Randall #70
On Sunday 5.12.13, CPR set out on the journey to St John’s University where they faced an enthusiastic and experienced Pancyprians reserve team. Although the facilities were world class, the blustery conditions and shortage of playing personal saw Rangers begin the game with a number of players playing out of position and with severe concern for the well-being of captain marvelous Brownie, who was lost somewhere between Indianapolis and Queens. Nevertheless, the team moved the ball nicely and had a number of chances, unfortunately none of which were capitalized upon. Alex was proving industrious in a more offensive position but after he introduction of Baha after 20 minutes, Alex really began to show himself, tearing apart the Pancyps left full back time and again. Carlos, continuing is scintillating dribbling form, created numerous chanced byt unfortunately the old onion bag remained un-bothered and after some quick interchange play, Pancyprians caught CPR’s makeshift defense napping and scored on a counter-attack (despite Coach Eli’s remonstration with the referee for what was a clear off-side).
The arrival of Brownie at half-time gave the Whites Reserves the comfort level they needed (knowing he wasn’t dead) and slowly but surely the team began scrapping and scraping its way back into the game. Some creative play from Andy Ma and Ben out wide saw a by-line cross turned away for a corner and what resulted from that corner, is one for the record books.
The CPR Whites made up for their three previous dismal league performances, and with a BANG ended the 2012-2013 1st Division season by beating the NY Pancyprian Freedoms by a score of 5-2 in front of a roaring crowd of fans at Belson Stadium on the evening Mothers’ Day.
In addition to a stellar Pancyprian attack, the Whites had to battle a strong wind and sun during the 45 minutes; they played it well. The half ended at 1-1 with the Pancyprians going up 1-0 in the 27th minute followed by an equalizer by Lasse Kokko in the 32nd minute.
Manager Yuval Lion sent the Whites back onto the pitch in the second half with their heads held high. However, a miscommunication on a cross resulted in an early and easy open net goal in the 51st minute by the Pancyprians. Despite that, Eli Vovsha equalized 3 minutes later on a clinical finish on the ground and far post. The game remained 2-2 until Lasse Kokko gave CPR the go-ahead goal. Two more goals were added by Andy West and again Lasse Kokko for his hat-trick!
Team: Ben, Paul Racines, Mike Ne, Nick, Pat O, Andy W, Karl, Eli, Lasse, Charlie, Josh. Subs: Carlos, Pat W, Baha’a
As has been typical this spring, the game start time was once again 8am, the only difference was that the field was in Yonkers. With it being Mother’s day it was a scramble to get enough of a squad together, let alone once capable of giving the mighty JC Eagles a run for their money (Wins 14, Draws 1, Goal Difference + 78). On arriving at the field the news was that the referee had found 8am too early and had cancelled, and that the opposition had a mere 9 players. The teams amicably decided to play the game on gentleman’s rules, and for the most part this seemed to work except for a few predictable borderline offsides calls. Although the two man advantage helped the Legends keep possession they were unable to do much with it, continuing to resort to aimless crosses from the wings instead of utilizing the extra space to find shooting opportunities down the middle. The Eagles exhibited touch and composure on the ball as befitted a team with their raw numbers, but the lack of referee inhibited CPR from increasing the intensity and physicality of the game against a team with nothing to play for.
With the Eagles at ten men at the half it was a stalemate, but CPR was both justifiably disappointed with not making more of the space while also optimistic at their chances in the second half. Once again it was emphasized that they needed to make simple passes while using the width to move up the field but then should divert the ball centrally. Unfortunately although there was an improvement all too often decisions were either made incorrectly or too late, with far too few balls falling to a player at the top of the box to take their chances. Meanwhile JC Eagles were also gaining their stride, and their physical abilities started to show. A cross from the outside found their striker all alone for a simple header and the lead, and soon after a move in the box created a clear penalty and just like that it was a two goal hole for the Rangers. A slick through ball and sheer speed outran the defence for a third, and although a Venkataraman volley brought one back the rout was on. With CPR continuing to toil up the field space was opening at the back for the Eagles and it was too much to ask of some of the elderly defenders to keep up with the electric pace. On the one hand the final score of 6-1 felt unfair and not indicative of the proceedings, on the other hand the season scores for JC Eagles says it was par for the course. The Legends should be disappointed because they know they didn’t play well, and if they had played up to capacity they surely would have created more chances, more goals and kept the game tight. Who knows what would have happened at that point?
Competition: JC Eagles, League Opposition
Location: Tibbet Brook Park Field #3, Yonkers
Conditions: Decent spring morning
Result: 1-6 (0-0 at H/T)
Goals: 1-3 Venkataraman Assist Pritchard
Yellow Cards: None
Red Card: None
Mike D’s aka No Shows: None
Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None.
”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: None.
Old Man of the Match: After giving up 6 goals in a second half its hard to find too many candidates for OMoM.
Old Man of the Bar: None.
El Presidente (new award for Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None.
Mr. “Bed, Bath & Beyond” (Season award for least appearances as a full time squad member):
Dean skyrockets out of wooden spoon contention leaving the title to Mike D with only one game left. Realistically this was always going to be a competition for second place as Vegas started paying out on Mike D before the season even started. Next week should be a thrilling finale as Casanova has threatened to show up.
Season Appearances (Games = 16)
|Michael ‘Mike D’ Douglas||
|Mark ‘Tactics’ Dean||
|Manuel ‘Essentially’ Casanova||
Team Bar Showing: 4 out of 13 (31%)
Team Bar Night: 2 out of 5: 4 managed to make it to the bar which was an accomplishment in itself given the starting time and location of the game.
Team (No new profiles this week): Mark Becker (GK), Panu Purhonen (DF), Dan Bernoske (DF), Lars Murray (DF), Steve Teesdale (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Dan Ochoa, John Hodges, Mark Dean, Tony Vamvouris, Manohar Venkataraman, Willan D’Andrea, Steve Pritchard
CPR Womens Red beat NY Smoking Aces 2-0
CPR Womens White had the weekend off
CPR Mens White beat Pancyprian Freedoms, 5-2
CPR Mens White Reserve beat Pancyprian Freedoms, 2-1
CPR Mens Red forfeited to Korabi SC
CPR Mens Black lost to Grenadier Zenith 1-3, in a game that started way late and was way short due to oppo/ref
CPR Grays lost to Guyana Veterans B, 1-4
CPR Old Boys beat BWG Cosmos badly
CPR Legends lost to JC Eagles, 1-6
CPR Womens Red vs. NY Smoking Aces, 9am East 6th St.
CPR Womens White have the weekend off
CPR Mens White @ Pancyprian Freedoms, 6pm St. John’s University – Belson Field
CPR Mens White Reserve @ Pancyprian Freedoms, 4pm St. John’s University – Belson Field
CPR Mens Red vs. Korabi SC, 1pm Greenbelt Recreation Center
CPR Mens Black @ Grenadier Zenith, 8pm Kaiser Park
CPR Grays vs. Guyana Veterans B, 10am McCarran Park
CPR Old Boys @ BWG Cosmos, 2pm Randalls #74
CPR Legends @ JC Eagles, 8am Tibbets Brook Park
On one of the first nice Sunday’s of the spring, the CPR Whites took on the lads from Lansdowne on Randall’s Island. Another must-win game for the squad in front of them, the Whites warmed up and prepared with zeal for the encounter. However, the enthusiasm exhibited in warm-ups and the team talk did not translate to the field as the Whites found themselves under pressure from the start. Lansdowne controlled the tempo from the whistle and it showed – deep balls into the channel resulted in the Whites midfield and defense on the backfoot. Sensing CPR chasing shadows, the opposition quickly took advantage with another testing long ball into Ben Lucki’s box. Lucki rushed out and made a nice tackle that appeared to be clean from everyone’s perspective except the referee, who pointed to the spot. The Irish converted to the White’s chagrin.
The White Reserves disappointedly walked away Sunday afternoon with another draw and officially saw their playoff chase come to an end. A promising start followed by great play in the first half by the Whites was followed by a less than stellar second half effort allowing Lansdowne to walk away with a well deserved point.