Archive for: October, 2017

State Cup 1st Round Results from 10/15/17

Oct 16 2017 Published by under Club

CPR Women’s White advance via forfeit by NY Skulls

CPR Men’s White Reserves lost 2-3 to NY Greek Americans Reserve (CSL) in the D’Arpino Cup.  Goals: Donje Green and Mohammed “Lulu” Binabbas (on his debut)

CPR Men’s White beat Port Jeff Fusion (LISFL) 3-1 in the Manning Cup.  Goals: Bucky Aronoff, Gabriel de Foresta’s and Lance Dotzman

CPR Men’s Red Reserves beat Sporting Astoria Reserve (CSL) 2-1 in the D’Arpino Cup.  Goals: Trip Burke and John Whitehead

CPR Men’s Red beat Glen Cove (LISFL) 6-1 in the Flamhaft Cup.  Goals: Mike Lindley,  Hendo DeRuiter (2), Timur Mone, Kevin Zalewski and Tim Lonergan

CPR Old Boys lost 1-6 @Istria (LISFL) in the Marth Cup.  Goal: Lalo Hernandez

CPR Orange lost 2-6 @ Baisley (LISFL) in the Marth Cup.  Goals: Darran Cronshaw and Gabe Cowles

CPR Grays beat Manhattan Kickers Legends (CSL) 4-2 in the Marth Cup.  Goals: Adil El Mouji, Graham Bambraugh, Matt Kennedy and Barry Feeney

CPR Legends lost 2-6 vs Megas Alexandros (CSL) in the Marth Cup.  Goals: Simon McKeon and Tim Frazier.  Match Report Link

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Legends score resounding 2-6 moral victory against Under 30’s Mega Alexandros

Oct 16 2017 Published by under Legends

For the second game in a row injuries and travel decimated the Legends squad.  In addition the fact that it was a cup weekend and thus potential help from other squads would be cup-tied hurt recruitment chances even further.  Casting the net far and wide it looked like the Legends would have the bare minimum 11 but come Sunday morning they were down to 9, an unpleasant prospect against an Over 30’s team.  The potential bright spot was that this team had only scored a single goal all season, and soon after the game started it was apparent why.  The Legends played in the ever popular 4-1-3 formation, hoping that the front 3 could somehow conjure something out of nothing.  Meanwhile 3 of the 4 defenders were aged 47, 49 and 50 but what they lacked in speed and athleticism they more than made up for with communication and knowledge of the game.  Keeping strictly narrow and inviting the opposition to cross or shoot from distant worked beautifully as Mega continued to oblige.  The few times they did play one-twos down the middle they easily outran the Legends and developed one on one chances.  Nobody expected to shut an Over 30’s team out entirely, but keeping them down to 2 goals in the first half was a triumph of organization and obliging opponents.  Meanwhile D’Andrea, Frazier and Mckeown continually showed the ability to take on multiple players and weren’t far away from scoring.

Early in the second half the Legends snatched one back, Frazier taking on multiple players resulting in Mckeown having an easy tap in for a goal.  With Mega having so much possession and chances they managed to score despite themselves, although 2 goals were from acute angles and one was well struck from outside the box, while another was from what they should have been doing all game and sliding a ball straight down the middle for a foot race.  The front 3 of the Legends continued to create chances, with some of the Legends starting to creep up in support.  A second goal came in an unlikely fashion with a long punt by keeper Miller being chased down by Frazier who converted past a hapless defence.  Unfortunately the game ended with some unseemly shenanigans, with Frazier always one to annoy the opposition and a few of the opponents unnecessarily showboating and tackling hard despite being up 6-2 against 9 old men.

Apparently Frazier’s secret is that he’s always angry, something his record of getting booked in every game certainly matches











In the end, the Legends can be proud of their effort, and although Mega willingly obliged with inexplicable tactics given a 2 man advantage the Legends gave them enough rope to hang themselves.  What was more galling was that with a full team or even one more player there was a more than even chance of winning and advancing to the next round for an intraclub derby against CPR Grays.  As it were, a rare kind draw was squandered and the Legends ignominious cup record was dropped to 1-11.

Competition: Mega Alexandros, Over 30’s League Opposition

Location: Randall’s Island #73, Randall’s Island

Conditions: Warm morning

Fans: Mitch’s dogs, who didn’t appear too thrilled with the proceedings

Result: 0-2 HT: 2-6

Goals: 1-2: Mckeown Assist Frazier

2-5: Frazier Assist Miller

Yellow Cards: Once again after a solid start a robust challenge set the red mist going for Frazier who keeps a remarkable 100% booking record going.  The fact that none of these has resulted in a sending off is almost as remarkable, the referee phlegmatically and thankfully shrugging off the nonstop berating.  Belizan also got a booking for a tackle from behind despite winning the ball.

Red Cards: Thankfully none, with Frazier continuing to tiptoe the tightrope.

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Bradley on receiving an ID reminder the day before mentioned a hurt foot.  That’s what the evite is for, and that’s what we count on.  Similarly Cristaudo on the day of the game, although this was a more understandable issue in having to play goal for the team he coaches. Regardless, when playing with 9 any missing person makes a huge difference.

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: Almost from Teesdale and Conboy which would have been huge, but understandable reasons why they couldn’t.

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Remarkable how there were no injuries considering the stress they were under.  Casanova briefly went down with a calf injury but fortunately it stretched out.

Old Man of the Match: Several good performances given the large gap in youth, agility, speed and stamina.  As always honorable mentions to Belizan, along with the front 3 of D’Andrea, Frazier and Mckeown.  However Miller wins his first OMoM despite conceding 6, none of which were his fault.  His masterful command of high crosses along with sure hands and distribution helped improve the confidence of the defence, and one particular long kick resulted in the first goalie assist in Legends history.

Old Man of the Bar: None

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

Statistic of the week:  Mckeown closing down on D’Andrea for the all time goal lead 22-21.  Frazier continuing the unprecedented start to his career of 100% bookings and 100% pub appearances.

Team Bar Showing: 4 out of 9 (44%)

Team Bar Night: 3 out of 5. Stayed through the first slate of NFL games along with CPR Reds.

Team (No new profiles this week): Mitch Miller (GK), Mark Resnik (DF), Drew Faherty (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Manohar Venkataraman (DF), Simon Mckeown, Tim Frazier, Willian D’Andrea, Manuel Casanova

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Extremely shorthanded Legends pay the penalty against League Champion Cozmos

Oct 13 2017 Published by under Legends

As opposed to the sunny Caribbean (b*stards!), it was heavy rain that greeted the 9 Legends arriving at the lesser seen Pitch 50 on Randalls Island. The last of us arrived late owing to Roberts’ starring role in goal for the Oranges (stay on your line Steve!), and enthusiastically lined up in our 4-3-1 formation.

Cosmoz scored on pretty much their first attack, and managed to notch 2 more goals in a difficult 20 minute spell. Pattinson looked particularly confused in his unaccustomed CB role, and the genuinely talented Cosmoz wingers were thriving whilst most around them struggled to keep their footing on a very tricky playing surface

But for the next 50 mins either side of half time, we matched the league leaders. Much of this was due to three courageous Orange players coming in following their earlier game, and we created some good chances. Willian, Simon and Santiago began to grow into the game, and Manuel caused their defense some real problems.

As our chances came and went, and several of our number began to succumb to knocks and niggles, we got punished on the break, quite severely. Cosmoz smelt blood and only the reactions and bravery of Mitch in goal prevented a bigger score. Quite bizarrely the referee seemed to enjoy himself in our misery, doing us no favors on many tight offside calls, culminating in Roberts telling him what we all thought of him, getting himself a yellow card for his troubles.

The final score of 0-8 doesn’t quite tell the tale of the fantastic effort all Legends put in to a very difficult game. Next time lads, we’ll get them next time…

Conditions: Mild, puddles and pot holes in the centre after a downpour

Fans: Manuel’s daughter (I think?)

Result:  HT: 0-3, FT: 0-8

Goals: Lots unfortunately

Yellow Cards: S. Roberts, after giving the referee some very frank, accurate and well deserved feedback after another offside call went against us

Red Cards: N/A

Mike D’s aka No Shows: All 9 Legends showed, and very special appreciation for the 3 Orange guys show showed for the second half (James, James, Jonah)

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: N/A

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Roberts ran off what looked like a nasty twist, Pattinson didn’t do as well with a groin strain.

Old Man of the Match: All players come away with great credit for battling in the circumstances. Special mention to Manuel, Eduardo, Santiago and 90 mins of pure graft from Rigby, but MOM must go to Mitch for several great saves and excellent distribution.

Old Man of the Bar: N/A

El Presidente (Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): N/A

Statistic of the week: Biggest loss in Legends history, predictable if unfair given 9 players against a team that has dropped 4 points in 2+ years

Team Bar Showing: 0 out of 12 (0%)

Team Bar Night: 0 out of 5

Team (No new profiles this week): Mitch Miller (GK), Bill Rigby (DF), Tom Pattinson (DF), Steve Roberts (DF), Eduardo Mazzi (DF), Simon McKeown, Willian D’Andrea, Hermilio “Santiago” Morales, Manuel Casanova. Later joined by James Carrico, Jonah Smith (MF) and James Brown (F)

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State Cup Openers Oct 15th

Oct 12 2017 Published by under Club

CPR Women’s White @ NY Skulls, 4pm Randalls #61

CPR Men’s White Reserves vs.  NY Greek Americans Reserve (CSL), 12pm Randalls #75 – D’Arpino Cup

CPR Men’s White @ Port Jeff Fusion (LISFL) 12pm  Raynor Park – Town Beach County Park, Lake Ronkonkoma- Manning Cup

CPR Men’s Red Reserves vs. Sporting Astoria Reserve (CSL), 8am Randalls #75 – D’Arpino Cup

CPR Men’s Red vs. Glen Cove (LISFL), 10am Randalls #75 – Flamhaft Cup

CPR Old Boys @Istria (LISFL), 10am Con Edison Field, Astoria – Marth Cup

CPR Orange @ Baisley (LISFL), 2pm  148-15 230th St, Springfield Gardens- Marth Cup

CPR Grays vs.  Manhattan Kickers Legends (CSL), 8am Randalls #74 - Marth Cup

CPR Legends vs. Megas Alexandros (CSL), 10am Randalls #73 – Marth Cup

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Results from Oct 7th and 8th

Oct 09 2017 Published by under Club

Saturday 10/7/17:

CPR Men’s White Reserves drew 0-0 with Zum Schneider FC 03

CPR Men’s White beat Zum Schneider FC 03 3-1.  Goals: Faissal Sanfo and Sjors van Eck (2)

Sunday 10/8/17:

CPR Women’s White beat Manhattan Kickers/Scala(MKS) 8-2.  Goals: Jackie Amato, Jess Tsao (3), Mallory Sullivan (2), Al McNally, Beth Kenworthy

CPR Men’s Red Reserves beat Malatyaspor USA 3-2.  Goals: ?

CPR Men’s Red lost to Malatyaspor USA 2-4.  Goals:

CPR Old Boys beat Megas Alexandros 3-0.  Goals: ?

CPR Orange lost 0-5 to NY Shamrock SC Over-30

CPR Grays @lost 1-2 to NY Greek Americans Over-30.  Goal: Stephen McNally

CPR Legends fell 0-8 to Cozmoz FC,

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Schedule for October 7th & 8th

Oct 04 2017 Published by under Club

Saturday 10/7/17:

CPR Men’s White Reserves vs.  Zum Schneider FC 03, 6pm Randalls #75

CPR Men’s White vs.  Zum Schneider FC 03, 8pm Randalls #75

Sunday 10/8/17:

CPR Women’s White @ Manhattan Kickers/Scala(MKS), 10am Randalls #71

CPR Men’s Red Reserves vs. Malatyaspor USA, 2pm Randalls #84

CPR Men’s Red vs. Malatyaspor USA, 4pm Randalls #84

CPR Old Boys vs. Megas Alexandros, 6pm Randalls #74

CPR Orange @ NY Shamrock SC Over-30, 8am Randalls #75

CPR Grays @ NY Greek Americans Over-30, 7pm Met Oval

CPR Legends vs. Cozmoz FC, 9am Randalls #50

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Improved play does correspond to improved luck as Legends narrowly edged by Manhattan Celtic

Oct 03 2017 Published by under Legends

Missing their starting center back pairing on the huge Pier 40 pitch did not auger well for the Legends.  Most games played against Manhattan Celtic on their home field ended poorly given CPR’s overall lack of athleticism and youth.  Things looked even grimmer given last week’s incompetence and the apparent Mike D/No Shows of Steve Roberts and Santiago Morales.  Fortunately Mckeown’s unexpected appearance helped bolster attacking options along with Frazier.  The biggest emphasis was on staying extremely compact on the field, both narrow and shorter to force Celtic to beat multiple players instead of play in space.  Initially the plan worked well as the Legends were also able to find their speedy players in Frazier and Conboy in space.  Encouraging attacking play agonizingly did not end with the lead as the last decision inevitably ended up with the lowest percentage goal chance.  Meanwhile Celtic were keeping possession but without any dangerous chances.  Finally they were able to break the deadlock on a counterattack, their clever midfielder beating players in space before calmly stroking the ball into the back of the net.  Not much could be done by the defenders as they were exposed in space, everything the Legends had been trying to avoid but in this case with the bulk of the possession they were caught flat footed.

Celtic started to get more of a foothold in the game as the Legends initial flurry dissipated.  Although pleased to have executed their game plan it was unfortunate that they were still behind at the break.  The emphasis was to continue doing what they were doing and hope to nick a goal via Frazier or Conboy in space or a set piece.  Celtic had the bulk of the play in the second with some stellar rearguard action preventing them from scoring, but the Legends had their moments too.  Frazier went on a stellar run but his outside of the boot shot clipped the outside of the post agonizingly close to either scoring or being tapped in from the onrushing Venkataraman.  D’Andrea was wacked right around the penalty area with play inexplicably waved on.  In the end, Celtic’s narrow edge stood up as they were unable to pierce the Legends defence again and CPR were unable to convert their chances.  All in all, a significantly better performance by the Legends but unfortunately not rewarded.

Competition: Manhattan Celtic, League Opposition

Location: Pier 40 East, Manhattan

Conditions: Mild evening

Fans: 1 (Belizan)

Result: 0-1 HT: 0-1

Goals: N/A

Yellow Cards: Frazier keeps his 100% record with an inevitable booking.  It’s remarkable that none of these have resulted in a sending off, the lack of contrition after each physical tackle not endearing him to the opposition either.

Red Cards: Mckeown with easily the most foolish sending off in Legends history.  Not even really a sending off considering the game was already over.  Vociferously complaining about being shorted time with an authoritarian referee after the game was never going to change anything, even worse when that argument was factually incorrect as both teams were timing the game.

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Santiago Morales and Steve Roberts.  At least Roberts hurt himself on the day, but Santiago was a no comment no show, not a good start to a Legends career.

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: Mckeown, a welcome sight given the two Mike D’s, at least until the end of the game.

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Clearly Steve Roberts who hurt his back gardening, or more probably jumping up an down in agony watching meek Everton lose to Burnley at home.

Old Man of the Match: A lot of exceptional performances on the huge wasteland of a pitch.  Honorary mentions to Frazier for the productive part of his attacking game, Conboy for tireless running and Edmunds for a commanding presence at center back.  However Rosenbloom wins his first OMoM for an excellent performance at center back while also clearing multiple goal bound opportunities away.

Old Man of the Bar: None

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

Statistic of the week:  Venkataraman maintains sole possession of all time games at 80.  First sending off since Belizan’s grossly unfair sending off against Shamrock 2 seasons ago.

Team Bar Showing: 5 out of 14 (36%)

Team Bar Night: 3 out of 5. Not bad considering the game started late at 9:30pm. 5 players, 5 pitchers and 2 birthdays for Resnik and Frazier.

Team (No new profiles this week): Mike Carducci (GK), Mark Edmunds (DF), Bevan Rosenbloom (DF), Eduardo Mazzi (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Drew Faherty (DF), Charles Bradley, Franco Denari, Willian D’Andrea, Tom Pattinson, Manohar Venkataraman, Mike Conboy, Simon

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Results from 9/30+10/1

Oct 02 2017 Published by under Club

Weekend Results:

Saturday 9/30/17:

CPR Men’s White Reserves @drew 4-4 with NY Pancyprian Freedoms Reserves.  Goals: Ivan Cotelea, Alex Subin and Sjors van Eck (2)

CPR Men’s White lost 0-3 to NY Pancyprian Freedoms.

Sunday 10/1/17:

CPR Women’s White drew 0-0 with Celtic Aces

CPR Men’s Red Reserves drew 1-1 with Brishna Reserve.  Goal: Stephan Umlauf

CPR Men’s Red beat Brishna 6-4.  Goals: details coming

CPR Old Boys shutout Brooklyn Gunners 9-0.  Goals: Matt Hureau (2), Brandon Levy (2), Ernest Subah (2), Dave Sawyer, Seb Sobczak, Eli Vovsha

CPR Orange beat Megas Alexandros 2-0.  Goals: Darran Cronshaw and Randall Klitz

CPR Grays lost 0-3 to Manhattan Celtic Bhoys

CPR Legends lost 0-1 to Manhattan Celtic Masters

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