Archive for: May, 2015

Whites Reserves earn crucial point vs Greeks

May 11 2015 Published by under Club

Appropriately for a top of the table clash, the reserve game was intense and of good quality from the first minute. We had the first chance of the game, but Alberto’s header missed the target. The Greeks were better from that point on, and were creating chances mainly from the flanks with a couple of skillful midfielders pulling the strings. Eventually our weakness on the left was exposed and a cross was not dealt with to give them the lead. We shuffled the line-up a bit, and were the better side the rest of the half. In fact we should have equalized, but after Hamza pressured and won the ball off the center back, his pass to Alberto who was running in 1-on-1 was ruled incorrectly offside.
We kept the intensity very high in the 2nd half with Tomer and Saidou battling well in the midfield, but were unable to create enough. Still, we kept going for it, and in the 87th minute Florian found Alberto in the middle of the box, Alberto set up Saidou who was driving forward for a comfortable finish, and a deserved equalizer. It was definitely our best complete game of the spring, and a fitting preview for the playoffs. Final score 1-1.

Reserves now need a win in the final game vs Hoboken to finish top of the group.


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Schedule for May 9th&10th (Mother’s Day Weekend)

May 05 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red and Womens White are off

Saturday Night Special:

The Grays vs Shamrock, 8pm Randalls #70

And on Sunday:

Men’s White vs NY Greek Americans, 8pm Met Oval

Men’s White Reserves vs NY Greek Americans, 6pm Met Oval

Men’s Red @ Missle FC, 5:15pm Sloatsburg Field

Old Boys @ Barnstonworth Rovers Premier. 6pm Randalls #82

The Legends vs Barnstonworth Rovers over 35, 8am Randalls #74

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Despite 3 different substitute calamities, 11 men Legends comfortably win 3-1 against Banatul

May 04 2015 Published by under Legends

Lingering injuries and availability issues mean the Legends would look to play yet another 8am game with merely 3 substitutes.  Normally it wouldn’t be an issue, but given the mammoth sporting/drinking day before, there was some concern.  That concern ripened into deep unease when it appeared that not only would the Legends only have 11 to start the game, but that might be all they had for a rapidly warming day.  Meanwhile Banatul appeared to have plenty of substitutes, so it would be a case of keep composed and using possession as an extra weapon.

A team could survive one Mike D, maybe even two. Surviving 3 separate calamities shows great character by the Legends











Similar to last week against Hoboken, the Legends constantly appear to want to raise the bar of difficulty when its not needed.  Against an overmatched opponent CPR would make 3 or 4 simple passes and then eschew a 4th or 5th one in favour of a raking cross field ball, with predictable results.  Clear cut chances were few and far between but the CPR defence looked well in control, to the point of taking an executive decision to move a player up into a 3-4-3 formation.  With a hyper athletic young goalie between the sticks sweeping everything in his area the Rangers could not quite pull the trigger on anything goalbound. The closest chance occurred when Tony Vamvouris contentiously beat the offside trap and crossed the ball only for Venkataraman to attempt the vastly difficult volley rather than control & placement.

It was clear that despite having 4 substitutes Banatul were far more likely to wear out than CPR in the second half, gaps yawning wide in their defence.  Indeed, CPR were able to convert their pressure early on into a nicely worked goal, D’Andrea slipping Solinas in with a nice finish.  Soon after, Faherty once again dug in to his Rory Delap bag of tricks for a long throw, and after the ball bounced past several surprised players Venkataraman took advantage of the goalie’s penchant for coming out by blindly chipping the ball over his head and into the side netting.  CPR were running rampant and Banatul were starting to hang their heads when a lovely worked third goal was created by Klitz over to Teesdale, whose pass/shot eluded the keeper leaving D’Andrea the easiest of tap ins.

At 3-0 down Banatul switched keepers to allow their young athletic goalie to rampage across the field, and indeed he helped cut the deficit to 3-1 soon after.  Although there was some mild concern for CPR it was clear that they were much more likely to score again than Banatul, with both Pattinson & Teesdale going agonizingly wide.  The CPR offence remained hungry while some of the Banatul players predictably started turning on each other, CPR, the referee and whoever else they could blame for the hole they created for themselves.  Fortunately the young capable referee had the game completely under control to prevent the odd Banatul whiner ruining an Over 35 Sunday morning game with a lack of perspective.

CPR have played some good football the last 3 games but the inconsistency in focus and application will be severely punished by Barnstonworth unless rectified.  The 3-0 spot Barnstonworth put up in the first 10 minutes of the first meeting this season should render it clear that the Legends need to tighten their game up if they want to compete.

Competition: Banatul, League Opposition

Location: Randall’s Island #72, Randall’s Island

Conditions: Remarkably warm for 8am, with the heat continually increasing

Fans: None

Result: 3-1 (0-0 at H/T)

Goals: 1-0: Solinas, Assist D’Andrea

2-1: Venkataraman, Assist Faherty

3-1: D’Andrea, Assists Klitz, Teesdale

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Chris Williams an understandable scratch the night before with an injury flare up.  Ollie Roberts with a defunct car, and new boy Todd Baron with no excuse or contact

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Remarkably all 11 players managed to make it through the game with nothing other than extreme fatigue.  Ollie Roberts car could probably make the list.

Old Man of the Match:  Only 3 people made it to the bar again, so no voting.

Old Man of the Bar: Without a pint to be had, not a chance.

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: 3 out of 14 (27%)

Team Bar Night: 1 out of 5. The Bike tour made it zero chance of heading all the way downtown, especially with a chance the bar wouldn’t even be open.  The Legends managed to find the only Irish bar in Manhattan that actually follows the ‘no alcohol before 12pm’ rule, absurdly antiquated as it is.

Team (No new profiles this week): Telly Vamvouris (GK), Andrew Faherty (DF), Steve Teesdale (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Randall Klitz (DF), Tony Vamvouris, Tom Pattinson, Ugo Solinas, Manohar Venkataraman, Willan D’andrea

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Whites Reserves make the playoffs again!

May 04 2015 Published by under Club

Reserves made the playoffs for the 5th time in 6 years after overcoming an improved Clarkstown team, and seeing Pancyprians lose to the Greeks. Although on paper they were the worst team in the league, Clarkstown had a much more competitive squad this time around, combined with our complete lack of intensity in the first half, they were the better side. We created just one chance when Evan won the ball off a defender but missed the target, and were lucky to have the score tied 0-0 at the half thanks to their speedy striker (ridiculously nicknamed “Neymar”) lacking any technical ability. Aside from that the highlight of the half was Andy Ma trying to get into a fight again, but for once the shaky ref did a good job of diffusing the situation.
A change of formation in the 2nd half resulted in better ball possession from us and more chances for both sides. We almost scored right away when Alberto won the ball in the air, but no one could follow it up. We took the lead soon after when Hamza outpaced the defenders and got his shot away, but on the opposite side, Clarkstown missed two clear chances. As the clock continued to tick down, Clarkstown began to fall apart and with lots of space to exploit, we sealed the deal when Florian flicked the ball to Brent who ran all by himself from the midfield line and easily beat the keeper for his 4th goal in 5 games. Final score 2-0.

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Results from May 3rd

May 03 2015 Published by under Club

Women’s Red drew 1-1 with NY Magic Reserves

Womens White drew 0-0 with Rovers 1

Men’s White lost 0-2 to Clarkstown

Men’s White Reserves beat Clarkstown, 2-0

Men’s Red had a BYE this weekend

Old Boys lost 0-1 to Shamrock SC

The Grays had a BYE this weekend

The Legends beat Banatul, 3-1

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