Archive for: April, 2014

CPR White vs. Magic – 3/30/2014

Apr 04 2014 Published by under Womens Whites

Before:

During:

Full squad – check
Yellow card – check (BS? Check)
Stuck it to Magic – check check

Final result: 1-1 draw with awesome goal from new player, Winnie.

After:

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RESERVES DOWNED BY LANSDOWNE (AND REF)

Apr 03 2014 Published by under Whites

In a cold sunday afternoon the central park rangers travelled to Yonkers to face the tackling loving irish Lansdowne Bhoys.
The game started pretty sloppy with the rangers dominating most of the possession but not being able to connect a final pass around the box.  The Bhoys made their plan clear from the beginning, long direct passes from the back to the fast forwards and hard tacking the talented rangers in the mid-field.  With a little over 20 mins of the first half, the skillful spaniard Alberto “El tanque Sanchito” was able to pass through a defender in the front of the box until he was finally brought down by the clumsy defender, penalty!  Dan C asked for the ball, looked confident, was 100% sure he was going to score but clearly hit the ball like a cheerleader and made it easy for the goalie to save it.
Soon after that the game settled for a bit and more passes started happening from both teams.  CPR still had the control of the game but was having trouble getting through the hard hitting defenders.  After a bad pass from the rangers, the Bhoys picked up a ball in the right corner and sent a direct ball to their forward that skillfully put it through Jon.  1 x 0 to the Irishmen.
The CPR men still knew they were under control and kept the pressure on, thankfully not long after getting scored on, Dan C took a corner from the right side and found Mike D that was able to find a “a la Kluivert” perfect header, 1 x 1!!!
On the second half CPR game back to game once again with the control of game but once again the final pass seemed to be off, the Rangers seemed not to be able to find the net.  The Bhoys kept trying their long ball but the defense, as usual, was solid at the back not giving them many chances.
Unfortunately towards the last couple minutes the game, after a long ball from the back the Bhoys mid-fielder that had already gotten in a number of arguments with everyone, settled a loose ball inside the box, Brian played good defense but the referee seemed to see him being brought down, pk for the irishmen.  Their forward placed it on the side net.
A very sad and an unfair result for the hard fighting Rangers.  A bad result, but definitely a result that will bring the team together to continue their championship saga. Avante CPR!!!!
Squad: Jon, Mike D, Andy, Greg, Dan C, Carlos, Tomer, Brian, Evan, Norelli, Alberto, Ruben, Archie, Tom, Brent

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Legends dominate but grudgingly accept narrow slumpbuster over Hoboken

Apr 01 2014 Published by under Legends

The Legends needed to get the bad taste out of their mouth from a 3 game losing streak going back to last season’s debacle against Argo.  Although each loss was individually defensible the overall conglomeration was something that Hoboken was tailor made to wash out after an early season 5-0 win away.  A return Liverpool vs Spurs like victory would be just what the Doctor ordered. 

With El Presidente graciously filling in the season long void at Goalie the squad in front of him was strong with regulars.  Team Strategy discussions had been going on via email ad nauseum, but it was now time to put talk of switching & possession to the test.  At the seldom used and quite short Field #72 the Legends started brightly but quickly ran into congestion in the attacking third.  Weakness was immediately apparent on the right hand side but the Legends were fitful in exploiting it.  However it was from this side that the initial breakthrough came, O’Connell picking up the ball unmolested and from 25 yards purchased a lottery ticket that was surprisingly cashed, the only mistake the exceptional opposition ‘keeper made the entire game.  Hoboken’s game plan appeared to be geared around the goalie launching moonshots down the field for the strikers to chase down, but with Belizan & Street in defence there was little fear that this would be a high return strategy.  Given that, the Legends still needed to score a couple more to avoid the accidental catastrophe factor, but despite a lot of huffing and puffing and balls bouncing around the area there was to be no second goal in the first half.

With Hoboken noticeably tiring and only one sub the Legends knew they could wear them down, but they still needed the goals.  The defenders had started to creep further forward and one such run saw Hahn in acres of room, but drawing the defenders to him laid the ball off for Jee to hit a clinical finish that made a mockery of the rest of the team.  Hoboken started to fling caution to the wind in search of an equalizer, opening up even more gaps at the back. Now counterattacks started to produce 2 vs 1 and 3 vs 1 opportunities all of which were squandered by a combination of poor shooting, poor positioning resulting in offsides, superlative goalkeeping and some run of the mill bad luck.  In the ‘anything you can do we can do worse’ category Hoboken were a match with one of the last chances in the game resulting in a sliding ‘shot’ dribbling wide with only Faherty to beat.

Not a game that either side will be telling their Grandkids about, but it can’t be beat as a chance for some old men to run around on a Sunday morning before heading to the pub.

Competition: Hoboken, League Opposition

Location: Randalls Island #72, Randalls Island

Conditions: Cool & windy spring morning

Fans: None

Result: 2-0 (1-0 at H/T)

Goals:

1:0: O’Connell

2:0: Jee Assist Hahn

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: Despite the poor goal conversion rate there were still a number of players who played creditably.  O’Connell scored the breakthrough and was also available on the break, and Jee put in a more consistent defensive effort to match his usual stellar attacking capabilities.  In addition the defense was stalwart, with Belizano, Hahn & Faherty all doing their part.  However Street gained the award this time by playing out of position at the back as well as leading the attack with some truly stellar runs through the opposition.  And of course being available at Percy’s to drink from the chalice.

Old Man of the Bar: The Three Kings long term presence is an expectation, and usually one of the other team members makes a guest appearance for longevity.  This time it was Street, celebrating his upcoming nuptials.

El Presidente (new award for Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None.

Team Bar Showing: 8 out of 15 (53%)

Team Bar Night: 3.5 out of 5: First visit to Percy’s Tavern.  The new setup is good, especially when several teams are at the bar at once. At one point in the late afternoon we were overflowing our section.  The bar seems happy to have us and they donned their CPR gear with aplomb, and the team had a few members stay and consolidate for several hours.

Team (No new profiles this week): Andrew Faherty (GK), Mark Resnik (DF), Lars Murray (DF), Tony Vamvouris, Luciano Belizan (DF), Pete Hahn (DF), Dan Ochoa, Sean Street (DF), Chris Jee, Paul Stephan, Chris Muro, Steve O’Connell, Manohar Venkataraman, Willian D’Andrea, Steve Pritchard

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