Archive for: April, 2015

Schedule for Sunday May 3rd (5 Boro Bike Tour)

Apr 29 2015 Published by under Club

It’s the 5 Boro Bike Tour this Sunday, and every year that messes up traffic and travels, so please plan accordingly: link for details

Women’s Red @ NY Magic Reserves, 1pm East 6th St.

Womens White vs Rovers 1, 3pm East 6th St.

Men’s White @ Clarkstown, 2pm Bushwick Inlet Field

Men’s White Reserves @ Clarkstown, 12noon Bushwick Inlet Field

Men’s Red have a BYE this weekend

Old Boys vs Shamrock SC. 8am Randalls #74

The Grays have a BYE this weekend

The Legends @ Banatul, 8am Randalls #72

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Undermanned Legends labour but ultimately triumph against Hoboken

Apr 28 2015 Published by under Legends

With only 6 teams in the division the home & away format in back to back weeks appears popular.  In the Autumn the Legends had not fared well in the return fixture, providing Hoboken with their solitary point of the season.  The second leg at home was helpful, the vastly increased injury list was not.  The depths of the On Call list were scoured to the point that even the Human Hail Mary Mike D was sounded out, although to no surprise he was off gallivanting in parts distant.  Still, the Legends felt cautiously optimistic that 14 should do the job, at least until Rich Enticott greeted the squad with an announcement that he was leaving at half time.  Couple that with an unexpectedly large contingent of Hoboken squad members who had made the trip and the ominous clouds started to circle.

The uneasy omens took shape with Hoboken putting the Legends on the back foot early with an increased level of urgency.  This materialized into the lead, a deliberate shot at the top of the box eluding several players into the side netting.  Chances were not going to be in short supply for the Legends, but the finishing was haphazard. The initial encouragement to shoot from distance at the part time goalie did not factor that the Legends are a somewhat woeful distance shooting team.  Enticott unexpectedly spurned a comfortable one on one chance when put through in a nice 1-2 with Venkataraman.  Although CPR had tightened at the back it was still nice to go into the half on level terms, Pattinson showing the rest of the team how to do it from distance with a challenging ball that dipped in nicely for the equalizer.

With Hoboken not only showing signs of fatigue but plenty of entertaining infighting the Legends knew that if they kept composed their chances would come.  Indeed, as Hoboken continued to push forward at the expense of tracking back vast acres of space started to show up.  One on ones sprouted aplenty but were not accepted.  After a sustained bout of pressure Faherty lofted a ball in to the penalty area that Venkataraman chested down and placed past the keeper for the lead.  Despite more simple chances being created it was a second high level of difficulty goal that put the Legends up for good, Tony Vamvouris lofting a nice cross and D’Andrea heading it perfectly into the top corner.

The Legends should not expect to win too many games playing the way they did, but with more composure in front of goal and higher intensity they should be able to finish the season in style.

Competition: Hoboken, League Opposition

Location: Randall’s Island #74, Randall’s Island

Conditions: Very pleasant day for a game of football

Fans: None

Result: 3-1 (1-1 at H/T)

Goals: 1-1: Pattinson

2-1: Venkataraman, Assist Faherty

3-1: D’Andrea, Assist Tony Vamvouris

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Mike D’s aka No Shows: None

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Thankfully none as the team were still struggling after last week’s injury laden debacle

Old Man of the Match:  Had there been more of a showing or if the sponsor bar had actually been open then there might have been a vote, but there was none.

Old Man of the Bar: Decent longevity but nothing exceptional

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

Statistic of the week:  Nothing noteworthy.

Team Bar Showing: 4 out of 14 (29%)

Team Bar Night: 2 out of 5. Less than a third, and the debacle of searching around for a bar early in the morning did not help.

Team (No new profiles this week): Telly Vamvouris (GK), Andrew Faherty (DF), Lars Murray (DF), Steve Teesdale (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Olle Roberts (DF), Faul Vale, Tony Vamvouris, Tom Pattinson, Ugo Solinas, Manohar Venkataraman, Rich Enticott, Manuel Casanova, Willan D’andrea

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Results from April 26th

Apr 27 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red won via forfeit courtesy of Rovers2

Womens White had the weekend off again

Men’s White drew 1-1 with Stal Mielec

Men’s White Reserves beat Stal Mielec, 6-2

Men’s Red shutout Ridgewood Romac SC, 5-0

Old Boys beat BW Gottschee. 3-2

The Grays beat Megas Alexandros, 4-1

The Legends beat Hoboken FC 1912 Veterans, 3-1

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Whites Reserves recover against weak Stal side

Apr 27 2015 Published by under Club

Looking to recover after gifting points last week, Reserves were short on defenders again. Fortunately, David Briefel, coming back after a long injury, and Mike Boas slotted in at center back to give us the required balance. We were in control early against a weak Stal team, but had little to show in terms of chances. We then conceded a foolish goal from a weak back pass, but that woke us up a bit and we were level quickly enough when Florian played a great ball over the top to Tyler who finished the chance off the post. We took the lead before the end of the half when Hamza’s corner was headed in by Brent.
We kept exposing Stal’s disorganized back line throughout the 2nd half, but after Florian ran down the left side and supplied a cross which Riso finished, we conceded another silly goal, a deflection of a poorly taken free kick. We dominated from that point on and Hamza (from Tyler), Andy Ma (PK, after Tom dribbled through 3 Stal players and was fouled), and Tyler again (from Hamza) made it look more respectable. Final score 6-2.

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Whites Reserves gift points to awful Pancyprians

Apr 27 2015 Published by under Club

Reserves had to play in tough circumstances and barely had 11 to start the game. Despite this, we had a 2-0 advantage within 10 minutes. First, Florian’s corner was tapped in by Brent after defensive confusion on the Pancyprian near post. Then Ryan played an excellent diagonal ball to Andi who beat his defender twice and finished in the opposite corner. We had complete control of the game against an absolutely awful team and should have made it three but Hamza’s superb cross was headed wide by Alberto. Instead, we lost Norelli to an ankle injury and then shot ourselves in the foot twice in 5 minutes, giving the ball away and failing to defend two simple balls over the top.
The 2nd half was calmer. We were the better team against a slightly improved, but still weak side. However, with no real options off the bench we concentrated on maintaining control until we went down to 10 men after a 2nd yellow with 12 minutes to go. A few minutes later, we conceded a 3rd when by pure dumb luck, a mishit cross found the top corner. We actually had a couple of half-chances to equalize but were missing the final touch in the penalty area. Final score 2-3.

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A welcome return to winning ways for the Legends against Hoboken

Apr 21 2015 Published by under Legends

9am isn’t as bad as the typical 8am start, but given shenanigans the night before combined with the Hoboken location it was still an earlier rising than anyone either childless and/or Walk of Shame(less) has a right to expect. True to low expectations the Path train was 30 minutes late, but the majority of the squad still arrived in plenty of time at the field.  Unlike the usual tardy referees though, Referee KGB was all business and started harassing for the paperwork a full 20 minutes before game time.  If it was just officious buffoonery there would be no problems, and indeed the teams would much rather have an efficient referee than the usual layabouts.  However making one of the most capricious bookings you will ever see in the game’s 2nd minute did not endear him to the Legends.  New boy Baron hadn’t quite grasped that with a referee and 11 a side this was not a kickabout and had gone on to the field without shinpads.  Ordering him off was the referee’s prerogative, but then inexplicably booking Vale for replacing him without “asking permission” was pedantry of the first order.  Vale casually commented later that it was the first booking he’d ever received in a 11 a side game.

Booking a player for subbing himself on to the field without asking your permission in the second minute of an Over 35’s league is about as idiotic as you could get












CPR quickly put this stupidity behind it to impose themselves on the game.  With good possession Enticott received the ball at the top of the box and stroked it into the side netting for the lead.  Soon after, a deep cross from Vale was met with a stunningly placed header by Nizam to double the lead.  Nizam then dribbled in to the area to be tackled by a Hoboken defender, and once the resulting rebound was not converted the referee awarded a contentious penalty.  Nizam appeared calm enough to be offered the chance to double his tally which he duly did, a ball placed as well as his header.

At 3-0 the Legends felt cautiously comfortable but still wanted more.  With injuries to Volper & Hahn their depth was depleted but their defence in front of Faherty was proving immense.  The odd ball that did sneak through was handled competently.  As play opened up the Legends started playing some pretty football, although the run of the ball did not quite seem theirs.  An angled shot from Enticott ricocheted off the post back to the keeper where anywhere else would have resulted in a goal.  Similarly a shot from Solinas bounced off the post, off the keeper and out for a corner.  However the relentless pressure eventually told, with Nizam being brought down from behind resulting in another free kick from the top of the box.  This time Baron took it with the focus of placing the ball accurately, which indeed he did into the side netting.  The final goal arrived after Venkataraman intercepted a cross field pass with a header(?) in to the path of Enticott, trundling into a space in the penalty box to pound the resulting pass into the old onion bag.

Speaking of bags, there was still time for a few handbags to be unnecessarily tossed around near the end but overall these teams know each other well, hence the return to the opposition’s bar post game.  As per the fall, the Legends will immediately be playing the second leg at home but will hope for a better result than last season’s draw in the second leg.

Competition: Hoboken, League Opposition

Location: Sinatra Field, Hoboken

Conditions: Nice brisk morning that rapidly started to heat up

Fans: 3 that I saw while trying to get the paperwork ready for Referee KGB, Mrs. Hakan & child & Rich’s kid

Result: 5-0 (3-0 at H/T)

Goals: 1-0: Enticott

2-0: Nizam, Assist Vale

3-0: Nizam (PK)

4-0: Baron, Assist Nizam

5-0: Venkataraman, Assist Enticott

Yellow Cards: Vale (ludicrous booking), Roberts

Red Cards: None

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Tony Vamvouris with a Saturday afternoon

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: This week it was the Messrs. Glass (Glassi?).  The moribund artificial turf certainly didn’t do anyone any favours, but by the end of the game the Legends were almost down to 11.  Volper was the big one, the ankle turn / ligament damage seeing him struggle to drive back home.  Nizam being caught from behind went down hard, and Hahn reactivated his bruises as well.  Someone else is getting off lucky.

Old Man of the Match:  Some light discussion at the bar but really El Presidente keeping a shutout including an intimidating penalty ‘save’ made it easy.  Trolling the opposition by having a picture with the OMoM chalice at their pub in front of them was just icing on the cake.

A shutout & penalty “save” was rewarded with drinking out of the Old Man of the Match chalice at the opposition’s bar











Old Man of the Bar: A return to the old days for Tier 1.  Venkataraman/Resnik/Faherty.

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

Statistic of the week:  Venkataraman ties Pritchard for 2nd place in the All time goalscoring charts, just one behind this season’s prolific D’Andrea who has 12.

Team Bar Showing: 7 out of 15 (47%)

Team Bar Night: 4.5 out of 5. Given the new math, the score is high given the initial breadth followed by the additional several hours depth

Team (No new profiles this week): Andrew Faherty (GK), Mark Resnik (DF), Olle Roberts (DF), Pete Hahn (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Paul Vale (DF), Randall Klitz (DF), John Hodges, Tom Pattinson, Ugo Solinas, Hakan Nizam, Manohar Venkataraman, Todd Baron, Rich Enticott, Erik Volper

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Schedule for April 26th

Apr 21 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red vs Rovers2, 3pm East 6th St.

Womens White have the weekend off again

Men’s White @ Stal Mielec, 2pm Bushwick Inlet Field

Men’s White Reserves @ Stal Mielec, 12noon Bushwick Inlet Field

Men’s Red @ Ridgewood Romac SC, 10am Randalls #75

Old Boys @ BW Gottschee. 8am Randalls #72

The Grays @ Megas Alexandros, 10am12noon Van Buren HS

The Legends vs Hoboken FC 1912 Veterans, 8am Randalls #74

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Results from 4/19

Apr 20 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red and Womens White each had the weekend off

Men’s White fell 0-3 at Pancyprian Freedoms

Men’s White Reserves fell 2-3 Pancyprian Freedoms

Men’s Red lost 3-4 to Lansdowne Bhoys

Old Boys beat Manhattan Kickers over 30 3-1

The Grays drew with Manhattan Celtic Legends 3-3

The Legends shutout Hoboken 5-0

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Schedule for April 19th

Apr 14 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red and Womens White each have the weekend off

Men’s White @ Pancyprian Freedoms, 3pm St John’s University

Men’s White Reserves @ Pancyprian Freedoms, 1pm St John’s University

Men’s Red vs Lansdowne Bhoys, 10am Randalls #75

Old Boys vs Manhattan Kickers over 30. 8am Randalls #74

The Grays vs Manhattan Celtic Legends, 4pm Randalls #72

The Legends @ Hoboken, 9am Sinatra Park, Hoboken


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Results from April 12th

Apr 13 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red beat NY Smoking Aces, 5-0

Womens White beat NYC United, 3-0

Men’s White edged Shamrock SC on PKs, after finishing 0-0 in regulation (CSL League Cup)

Men’s White Reserves lost 0-2 to United FC Reserves (D’Arpino State Cup)

Men’s Red had a BYE

Old Boys had a BYE

The Grays vs Shamrock SC, 8am Randalls #74 (postponed)

The Legends had a BYE

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