A calm spring evening at Aviator Field in Brooklyn saw CPR Whites take on league leaders United FC. The game – a must win for CPR – started very brightly, with some early pressure from United testing the whites defense. Playing in a compact 4-5-1, the whites were able to see off United’s attempts to break through, which took the form of short passing around the 18 yard box or playing out to the wings in an attempt to force crosses from their tricky wingers. When chances did come United’s way, some resolute goal keeping from Ben prevented them from taking the lead. After finding some rhythm at the back, CPR themselves saw chances to break forward, with the best opportunity of the first half falling to two CPR players who were unlucky to not meet Danny Rizo’s fizzing cross which somehow alluded the onrushing Lasse and Andy West. No luck. One further point-blank save from Ben capped a mediocre first half, leaving both team’s feeling the need to raise the bar in the second 45.
In the end, both sides exchanged fluid counter attacks, capping off a very entertaining second half which was played at a quality tempo, by two good teams. CPR deserved a draw but its wasn’t to be. Had the game gone on, it was only matter of time.
Team: Ben Lucki, Mike Nieraeth, Mike Nelson, Shane Lennon, Nick Rudd, Andy West, Karl Sjostrom, Lasse Kokko, Dan Riso, Josh, Kwesi, Subs: Eli, Robbo, Charles