While the regular season has ended, with a mix of successes and struggles, we still have a few teams in action on June 1st.
Archive for: May, 2014
The reserves put up a strong performance in the league playoff, but unfortunately couldn’t put away the game after a strong start and ended up losing 3-2. Norelli got us going with a great strike, beating two defenders and slotting into the corner under pressure. Minutes later Alex capitalized on a defensive slip and sneaked into score our second. We continued to control much of the play, but a poor freekick call led to a goal that brought us into the break with only a one goal lead.
We started the second period very strongly and had two clear cur chances with only the keeper to beat from close range, but we missed one and the keeper reacted well for the second. We were made to pay for these misses as a defensive mix up led to Clarkstown’s equalizer and then with 10 minutes to go we went down to a well taken goal from a ball that popped out to the striker 25 yards out and the goal exposed. To compound this, Dan C took a hard fall and broke his wrist. It was a disappointing end to the league season, but the performance and the fact that we were the better team means we should be proud of our achievements in the league and look forward to another challenge for the title next year.
Team: Jon, Tomer, Haakon, Dan C, Andy, Mike D, Brent, Alex, Evan, Archie, Shane, Norelli, Mike N, Ben H
Team: Ben, Eli, Conor, Shane, Mike N, Nick, Alex, Haakon, Sean, Tom, ?
The CPR Reserves kicked off their final league game of the season knowing exactly what was at stake; lose by no more than 2 goals, and they were in the playoffs. With this being said, they started with an attacking line up but struggled to find the early breakthrough they were looking for to calm the nerves. CPR eventually settled in the latter stages of the first half, getting the ball wide into some good crossing positions and keeping Barnstonworth firmly on their heels. The Reserves sustained the momentum they had gathered before the break and found the opener after an excellent pull-back cross, which looked easier to hit, was nonchalantly lofted to the back post where Brent rose above the defender to nod home from 2 yards. Conserving legs in the blistering heat, Reserves made some changes which allowed Barnstonworth to creep back in to the game and eventually equalize after Ben inadvertently brought down their attacker inside the box. The penalty was awarded (despite Andy Ma’s adamant gesticulation) and duly dispatched to make it 1-1. CPR suffered a further blow, when main threat winger Ben Hirsch limped off with a ‘hammy’ soon after a mesmerizing run that almost resulted in the Reserves regaining the lead. The opportunity went begging after being cleared off the line. With 15 left to go, and Barnstonworth now in the ascendancy, it was much a case of playing smart and seeing out the draw for CPR. However, a cheap free kick and misjudged cross made it 2-1 to Barnstonworth to make for a nervy ending but job done nonetheless for CPR Reserves who advance to the playoffs.
Ben, Tomer , Mike D, Dan C, Greg, Tom, Ben H, Norelli, Brent, Haakon, Alberto, Alex, Andy, Archie
Men’s White Reserves fell 2-3 to Clarkstown Eagles Reserves (League Playoffs)
Men’s Red lost 0-3 to Missle
Old Boys drew 3-3 with Galatasaray Soccer Academy
Women’s Red, Women’s White, Men’s White, Men’s Black, Grays and Legends are already done.
Men’s White Reserves @ Clarkstown Eagles Reserves, 1pm Randalls #75 (League Playoffs)
Men’s Red @ Missle, 8:15pm Sloatsburg Community Field
Old Boys vs. Galatasaray Soccer Academy, 4pm Randalls #74
Women’s Red, Women’s White, Men’s White, Men’s Black, Grays and Legends are done.
and then off to have a few pints at Percys Tavern
Women’s Red and Women’s White were off…Mother’s Day and all.
Men’s White beat Barnstonworth Rovers, 2-1
Men’s White Reserves lost to Barnstonworth Rovers, 1-2 but qualify for playoffs
Men’s Red lost 0-3 to Mr. Dennehy’s
Men’s Black thumped a shorthanded Dynamo SC 7-1
Grays received late forfeit notice from NY Dinamo, and get 3 points
Old Boys beat FC Partizani 4-2…and lock up the league title!!
Legends beat Argo Silver, 1-0 to secure 2nd place in the league
The scores of the last 4 games against Argo have been 0-0, 0-0, 0-0 & 2-4. The anomaly happened to be on a viciously cold night on the same enormous Pier 40 field where the wind and lack of key defensive starters resulted in numerous counterattacks for Argo and 4 goals. Some late dropouts resulted in managerial scrambling from Resnik, but the final result was 15 strong with 2 from the Old Boyz and 2 from the On Call list helping out. Although only a point was required, that was not the mindset the Legends rolled out with given the 4 substitutes and overall strong squad.
The Legends should have had a glorious chance early on but a blatant handball had the referee hesitating, only not to blow his whistle. His laughable, respect draining response was that the ball was right in front of the goal and that we should have scored. How that obviates the penalty is anybody’s guess, but from the start the referee as an ex first division footballer showed that he wanted to control every action of the game. That wouldn’t have been a problem if the decisions had actually been correct and the attitude less dictatorial, much to the disgust of both teams.
|Once the referee lectured us about not being ready at 8:55pm it was clear it would be a long day. Contradictory explanations, pedantic throw in interpretations and whistle happiness only helped aggravate both teams.|
Fortunately the Legends overcame the refereeing blunder by generating a Route one attack through the middle culminating in a nicely taken goal from Street from his left foot. Although they continued to press the penalty box there were no more clearcut chances, much as the showy opposition keeper generating hope of a mistake.
At halftime it was reiterated that it was Argo that needed to chase the game, not us, and that it should be defence first. With only a couple of substitutes it was clear that they would tire out before the Legends, and with the smart one touch passing and switching continued there would be more chances generated. Chris Jee continued to advance down the left side touchline, but his athletic dominance was not as pronounced as usual with Argo one of the taller, fitter sides in the division. A great one on one produced an excellent save by the keeper, and at one point Belizano found himself with only the keeper to beat, but rounding him delayed the shot long enough for a despairing saving dive by the Defender. Argo created a few moments late from corners, with one cleared off the line by Street right at the death.
With a win over Argo another longstanding nemesis had been subjugated, much as SC Gjoa and their disastrous field had been earlier in the season. Although the spring season at 5 games is over almost before it started, a guaranteed runners up position is a well earned reward for a well played season.
Competition: Argo Silver, League Opposition
Location: Pier 40 Courtyard East, Manhattan
Conditions: Humid warm evening, but not intolerable
Fans: 4: Mrs. Jee/Resnik, Omar Sanchez & Bernoske Buddy
Result: 1-0 (1-0 at H/T)
Goals: 1:0: Street, Assist Kovel
Yellow Cards: None
Red Card: None
Mike D’s aka No Shows: Pat Berran again
Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None
”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Casanova forgot his tights, and without his South American fancy dan protection went down in the second half (not without some characteristic fancy flicks).
Old Man of the Match: Not much of a competition. Street scored a well taken goal with his left foot, cleared a ball off the line late in the game and sprayed the ball around the large field with authority. This time he got to drink out of the chalice.
Old Man of the Bar: None due to the lateness of the hour.
El Presidente (new award for Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None.
Team Bar Showing: 11 out of 15 (73%)
Team Bar Night: 3 out of 5: Virtually everyone showed at least for a few minutes, but a 9pm game on a Sunday makes it very difficult.
Team (No new profiles this week): Brian Stroh (GK), Mark Resnik (DF), Dan Bernoske (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Pete Hahn (DF), Dan Ochoa, Sean Street, Manohar Venkataraman, Creighton Mershon, Scott Brindley (DF), David Kovel, Randall Klink, John Hodges, Manuel Casanova, Chris Jee
CPR Blacks, facing relegation, locked in enough points to ensure they are safe in Metro 1 standings.
A delayed kick-off as a result of Dynamo SC squad’s inability to follow GPS direction to Randalls Island did not stop CPR Blacks determination for a victory.
Goals by multiple CPR players contributed to the score line, with Dynamo SC scoring a late consolation to at least not be shut out.
With CPR Blacks 13/14 campaign now done, summer has officially begun.
Short-handed yet again, the Whites travelled to face NYAC with both teams out of playoff contention. Despite having several players doing double duty after playing for the reserves, the Whites played a solid 1st half limiting NYAC to sporadic half-chances. Admittedly it was a very poor NYAC team compared to previous years, playing some ugly futbol and intent of hitting wayward long balls.
The Whites did not create too many chances themselves, but one good ball over the top
found Kwesi who got there ahead of the keeper and chipped the ball towards goal, the wind held it back from going in, but Alex who was racing into the penalty area was cluttered by a clumsy defender before he could score. Typical for this level, the ref pulled
a scared turtle and only handed out a yellow to the offending defender. Conor converted the penalty and the Whites led 1-0 at the half.
The Whites visibly tired in the 2nd half but held firm (thanks to a ridiculous miss from close range) until a questionable penalty call for a handball was converted to equalize the score.
From that point on, there was little fight or energy left in the team, and if not for Ben making another save on a breakaway, could have conceded more than two goals. Final score 3-1.
Lineup: Ben(GK); Shane, Mike Ni, Nick, Greg; Conor, Dan Z, Eli, Dan C, Alex; Kwesi.
Subs: Mike D, Andy, Evan