Archive for: October, 2018

Legends take on Over 30’s team in Cup, with predictable result

Oct 16 2018 Published by under Legends

The Legends struggled a little more than usual in getting players out for the game, one reason being the new rule for the state cup that the league decided to share with minimal notice that players from other rosters would not be allowed to be shared.  This eliminated a few on call players the Legends would normally have gone to, but they were fortunately able to scrap up 15, even though a few of those were walking wounded.  CPR were also playing in the Over 30’s cup as the notice from the league regarding the Over 40’s cup was less than 24 hours, not nearly enough time to weight the pros and cons of eliminating the 7 players 39 and under.

Traditionally the Legends have suffered grievously at the hands of younger whippersnappers, including last years all time thrashing against the Greeks at the Met Oval.  This time the Legends were somewhat hopeful as Celtic only had the bare 11, but once play started it was clear that most of those were in shape and up to the challenge of 90 minutes.  The Legends started out decently but were unfortunate to give up the first goal after an even spell, a shot from a sharp angle spilling kindly out of Martin’s hands to the opposition striker.  Soon after Celtic made it 2-0 with a long cross finding a Celtic player in acres of space at the back post, and an ill advised cross field ball at the back quickly resulted in a third.  With the Legends trying to hold on until half time, another mistake made it 4-0.

There wasn’t much to be said at 0-4 down, the hopes of holding on for penalties having now faded.  Azzo’s encouragement to win the second half was positive and indeed the Legends started making increased substitutions to try and wear Celtic down.  A few of their players appeared to be carrying injuries, one necessitating a goalie switch.  Indeed the Legends had to make one of their own as Martins collision with a striker required a few minutes on the sideline.  Frazier came in as an imperious sweeper keeper and changed the dynamic, but CPR was unable to take advantage of his longer kicks.  The closest the Legends came to the scoreboard was a scramble in the box which resulted in the ball hitting the crossbar twice in quick succession, but it was not to be.  At the other end the Legends let in one and then near the end a comedy of errors resulted in two quick goals to unfairly pad the score line.  CPR had played decently, but not enough to make up for several mental errors and the natural physical mismatch of 50ish year olds playing against players in their mid 30’s.

Competition: Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, Over 30’s

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

Conditions: Pleasant morning, back on the astroturf

Fans: 0

Result: 0:7 HT: 0-4

Goals: N/A

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: Martins had a significant collision with an onrushing striker and had to take a few minutes off, but was back soon after.  Venkataraman’s calf surprisingly survived and the subs helped lessen the load on the rest.

Old Man of the Match: With a 0-7 drubbing it was hard to pick an OMoM but there were a few honorable mentions, notably Teesdale, Azzo and Phillips.

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: Nothing significant, with the loss dropping the Legends to 2-13 lifetime in the Cup, mostly because of playing significantly younger teams.

Team Bar Showing:  6 out of 15 (40%, Season High)

Team Bar Night: 3 out of 5.  A decent group back and a few ones for the road, finishing the entire first slate of NFL games.

Team (No new profiles this week): Rich Martins (GK), Andrew Faherty (DF), Manohar Venkataraman, Neil Stower (DF), Gavin Moore (DF), Franco Denari, David Sawyer, Willian D’Andrea, Jeremy Phillips, Steve Teesdale (DF), Danny Azzo, Mark Resnik (DF),  Mike Conboy, Tim Frazier, Hakan Nizam

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Schedule for 10.20.18 and 10.21.18

Oct 16 2018 Published by under Club

It’s back to league action this weekend after the 1st round of the state cups last Sunday.

Saturday October 20th:

CPR Men’s White vs. Landsdowne Yonkers FC, 8pm Randalls Island #75

CPR Men’s White Reserves vs. Landsdowne Yonkers FC, 6pm Randalls Island #75

Sunday October 21st:

CPR Women’s White vs. Shamrocks Green, 10am Randall’s Island #82

CPR Men’s Red vs FC Spring Valley, 2pm Randall’s Island #75

CPR Men’s Red Reserves vs FC Spring Valley, 12noon Randall’s Island #75

CPR Grays vs. Manhattan Celtic Bhoys, 5pm Randall’s Island #72

CPR Old Boys vs. Manhattan Kickers Premier, 10am Randall’s Island #74

CPR Orange vs. NY Pancyprian Freedoms O-30, 12noon Randall’s Island #85

CPR Legends vs. Barnstonworth Rovers Veterans, 10am Randall’s Island #73

See you back at Blooms Tavern after the games!

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Results from State Cup games on 10.14.18

Oct 16 2018 Published by under Club

Sunday October 14th = State Cup Round 1

CPR Women’s White fell 2-3 to Celtic Aces (Rapaglia Cup) Goals: Al McNally and Jessica Tsao

CPR Men’s White lost 0-2 to Cedar Stars Academy (Manning Cup)

CPR Men’s White Reserves lost on PK’s to Shamrock after 1-1 in regulation (D’Arpino Cup) Goal: Clint Dunn

CPR Men’s Red beat Oyster Bay Park – LISFL in PK’s after 2-2 in regulation.  (Flamhaft Cup) Goals: Facundo Zalazar (2)

CPR Men’s Red Reserves lost 1-3 to. NYAC (D’Arpino Cup) Goal: Trip Burke

CPR Grays fell 1-3 at Integral Kings – LISFL (Marth Cup)  Goal: Mike Swavola

CPR Old Boys beat Garden City – LISFL 3-1 (Marth Cup)  Goals: Eric Engler, Matt Stryker and Ernest Subah

CPR Orange advanced via forfeit by Istria – LISFL (Marth Cup)

CPR Legends were shutout by Manhattan Celtic Bhoys 0-7 (Marth Cup)

So the Reds, the Old Boys and the Orange advance to the next round of cup games to be played November 11th.

 

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State Cup Schedule for 10.14.18

Oct 11 2018 Published by under Club

Sunday October 14th = State Cup Round 1

CPR Women’s White vs. Celtic Aces (Rapaglia Cup) 9am East 6th

CPR Men’s White vs. Cedar Stars Academy (Manning Cup) 8pm Randall’s #75

CPR Men’s White Reserves vs. Shamrock (D’Arpino Cup) 6pm Randall’s #75

CPR Men’s Red vs. Oyster Bay Park – LISFL (Flamhaft Cup) 4pm Randall’s #91

CPR Men’s Red Reserves vs. NYAC (D’Arpino Cup) 6pm Randall’s #70

CPR Grays @ Integral Kings – LISFL (Marth Cup)  10am, 173rd Street and Liberty Avenue, Queens

CPR Old Boys @ Garden City – LISFL (Marth Cup) 9am, St. Paul’s Field #2C, Garden City NY

CPR Orange vs. Istria – LISFL (Marth Cup) 9am Randall’s #83

CPR Legends vs. Manhattan Celtic Bhoys (Marth Cup) 10am Randall’s #73

See you back at Blooms Tavern after the games!

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Legends survive scare to top SC Eintracht 4-2

Oct 10 2018 Published by under Legends

After the Legends started the season with a legion of players, normal service has predictably been resumed.  It was a tight 15 that was available for the game, with that being reduced to 14 within 2 minutes as Venkataraman’s calf proved fine for walking but not so much for running.  With El Presidente forced to down camera for shinpads and Carducci exchanging keeper gloves for defence, the fitter Legends were finally going to get the abundant playing time they had craved.  Eintracht’s record wasn’t particularly impressive but they did bring a large squad, although Mrs. Jones somewhat unkindly exclaimed that they looked older than the Legends (a pointed double insult).  Playing on a grass field for an unprecedented third time in a row, the Legends passing game clearly suffered as their technical ball control outside of D’Andrea will never be confused with Barcelona.  In addition to giving the ball away cheaply, the Legends appeared somewhat sluggish as it was Eintracht who tended to be first to every ball and who won most battles.  The Legends were fortunate to take the lead as a hopeful cross into the box was surprisingly dropped by the normally solid Eintracht keeper, allowing Sawyer a simple tap in.  With nerves settled the Legends continued to attack and had numerous opportunities in the box, but either shot wide, straight at the keeper or the keeper made solid saves.  Meanwhile at the other end seemingly out of nowhere a punt up field found a possibly offside striker whose lob evaded the ambling Carducci.

The Legends had a right to feel aggrieved at being tied after a first half they dominated, but worse was to come.  An early free kick elicited foreboding on the sideline as Eintracht had proven themselves capable technically and from set pieces.  The feeling was proven true as a header across the goal was tapped in at the far post.  Eintracht started moving from strength to strength as the Legends seemed to fall apart.  All the domination of the first half evaporated and CPR looked in real trouble.  Fortunately they were able to win a corner, and with Pattinson’s usual pinpoint delivery Sawyer equalized to calm nerves.  CPR were now able to reset themselves and wrestle back control of the game which began to open up.  The opposition’s infighting increased while the CPR forwards Sawyer and Sobczak used their speed and physicality to open up space and bully the opposition.  A pass from Sobczak let Sawyer claim his hattrick and the precious lead for the Legends.  Meanwhile new boy Martins made a spectacular save that drew grudging applause from the opposition sideline at a critical juncture.  The Legends superior stamina (a phrase seldom uttered before) resulted in a clincher, this time with Sawyer returning the favour to Sobczak.

The Legends showed they could dig themselves out of a daunting hole, with the critical win helping them to the 4th and last playoff place.  With a long way to go and teams bunched up in the middle this is the type of win that will give the Legends confidence that they can go a long way this season.

Competition: SC Eintracht, League Opposition

Location: Randall’s Island #50, Randall’s Island

Conditions: Pleasant morning, the grass pitch was hard and bumpy

Fans: 7 (The Jones’s, Sawyers and young Stower)

Result: 4:2 HT: 1-1

Goals: 1-0: Saywer Assist Phillips

2-2: Sawyer Assist Pattinson

3-2: Sawyer Assist Sobczak

4-2: Sobczak Assist Sawyer

Yellow Cards: D’Andrea for what is starting to become a habit of dissension.  Sobczak was also booked somewhat unfairly after a hard but fair collision with the goalie on a corner.  The booking seemed to be more a result of the goalie’s injury than the process of going up for a header.

Red Cards: None.

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Conboy

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None.

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: A couple of notable ones here, especially since they may be lingering.  Venkataraman’s calf injury from the previous game had been dormant but reared its ugly head only 2 minutes into the match. Edmunds quad gave way again leaving the Legends dangerously thin at center back, but they were able to hold on.

Old Man of the Match: One of the more obvious awards after a hattrick and assist by Sawyer.  Honorary mention to Jones who noticeably picked it up a notch physically in challenging for 50-50 balls.  Unfortunately for the most part he was the only one, apart from Sobczak’s base level of physicality (naturally Frazier was absent).

Old Man of the Bar: None.

El Presidente (Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): Tier 2 Hodges made it after an unfortunate bout of illness.

Statistic of the week: Although kept off the scoresheet this week, D’Andrea maintains the overall all time points lead given Resnik’s continuing world tour.

Team Bar Showing:  7 out of 15 (47%, Season High)

Team Bar Night: 3 out of 5.  A solid group back to the pub for the less than scintillating Liverpool Manchester City game followed by NFL, along with the Grays making it to the bar.

Team (No new profiles this week): Rich Martins (GK), Andrew Faherty, Manohar Venkataraman, Tom Pattinson, Neil Stower (DF), Gavin Moore (DF), Franco Denari, David Sawyer, Willian D’Andrea, Andrew Jones, Mark Edmunds (DF), Sebastian Sobczak, Mike Carducci (DF), Andy Jones (DF), Bevan Rosenbloom

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Fortified Legends battle America FC, Pitch to 1-1 Draw

Oct 10 2018 Published by under Legends

With the legends management loafing and sipping cocktails in the Caribbean and a Cranford NJ pitch location there was a considerable headwind trying to rouse a squad to meet the challenge posed by last year’s league champions. However some last minute texts and cajoling saw the squad fill out nicely with some welcome CPR top shelf over 39 talent.

Upon arrival at the field it became evident that the field conditions would be a major factor in the proceedings. While quite green the field possesses a measurable undulation with sections of trodden mud, still water swamp, and shin high prairie grass. Add to it the fact that the grass was poorly rooted and through the course of the game the pitch became equal parts ice rink and mud pit.

From the opening whistle CPR dominated the possession and bullied the midfield with Morse and Mershon consistently winning tackles and the aerial battles.  Phillips and Sobczak penetrated deep into the opposition’s territory on several occasions but were thwarted mostly by the tricky field conditions. The pace and offensive thrust clearly caught the champs off guard as they struggled to settle in and possess the ball as they often do, but midway through the half they struck in the patented America FC way. The AFC left back was once again marauding up and down the field either getting to the end line or whipping in his trademark diagonal ball to on rushing strikers. Even though this tactic was specifically discussed pregame by manager Pattinson, the AFC left back would not be denied and unleashed a peach of a ball to a streaking forward who deftly placed it to Frazier’s right. After 45 minutes the Legends were down 0-1 but knew a result could still be had.

The half time team talk centered mainly on keeping the distances between the defensive, midfield and attacking units more compact. Intriguingly, Jones also offered an auspice of hope, assuring the squad that Seb would no doubt level soon enough.

The Second half looked much like the start of the first with the Legends recommitting to tough tackling and higher pressure. AFC began to take great exception to the pressure and lashed out repeatedly with retaliations, wildly swinging arms and the occasional cringe worthy epithet. In spite of the drama the Legends remained industrious offensively and stout defensively and finally levelled via Sobczak. Pattinson was fed a looping, dipping ball from the back which he took down professionally, spun, and slotted Seb through on goal. Sobczak still had plenty to do as the ball made several jumps and skips off of what at this point was a laughable pitch. Ultimately he was able to pile drive it into the right side netting. Many more squabbles and quibbles ensued, but ACF and CPR remained dead locked to the final whistle.

Competition: America FC 1927, League Opposition

Location: Unami Park, Cranford NJ

Conditions: Warm sunny autumn day

Fans: 5!

Result: 1:1 HT: 0-1

Goals: 1-1: Seb Assist Pattinson

Yellow Cards: Belizan for retaliating after being stomped on.

Red Cards: None.

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Conboy was yes on the Evite, but a no on the pitch.

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: Seb and Jeremy were very welcome additions.

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Hardly Mr Glass, an exhausted Hahn remained off after a two footed horror tackle. Although if there were no subs he could have returned.

Old Man of the Match: Due to the New Jersey field location, a trip to the bar was not made so therefore no vote.

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: This was the first, and hopefully last game at Unami Park, Cranford NJ.

Team Bar Showing:  0 out of 14 (0%)

Team Bar Night: 0 out of 5.  It was a day for family.

Team (No new profiles this week): Tim Frazier (GK), Tom Pattinson, Pete Hahn (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Danny Azzo, Gavin Moore (DF), Franco Denari, Andrew Jones, Steve Teesdale (DF), Creighton Mershon, Stephen Morse, Manuel Casanova, Jeremy Phillips, Seb Sobczak

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Results from 10.7.18

Oct 08 2018 Published by under Club

Sunday October 7th:

CPR Women’s White lost 2-0 to NY Magic Reserves

CPR Men’s White lost 2-6 to Cedar Stars Academy.  Goals: James Greco and Dario Namruev

CPR Men’s White Reserves fell 0-3 to Cedar Stars Academy

CPR Men’s Red beat Sporting SC – South Bronx United 3-1.  Goals: Matteo Cattania (2) and Sam Arlington

CPR Men’s Red Reserves beat Sporting SC – South Bronx United 5-3.  Goals: Trip Burke (2), Robin Neri, Sam Emsell and Rhys Davies

O30s DERBY: CPR Grays beat CPR Orange 2-1.  Goals: Grays = Jeff Burbank and Chris Carpenter; Orange = ?

CPR Old Boys beat Megas Alexandros 2-1.  Goals: ??

CPR Legends beat SC Eintracht Legends 4-2.  Goals: David Sawyer (3) and Seb Sobczak

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State Cup Matchups for Oct 14th

Oct 05 2018 Published by under Club

Sunday October 14th = State Cup Round 1

CPR Women’s White vs. Celtic Aces (Rapaglia Cup)

CPR Men’s White vs. Cedar Stars Academy (Manning Cup)

CPR Men’s White Reserves vs. Shamrock (D’Arpino Cup)

CPR Men’s Red vs. Oyster Bay Park – LISFL (Flamhaft Cup)

CPR Men’s Red Reserves vs. NYAC (D’Arpino Cup)

CPR Grays @ Integral Kings – LISFL (Marth Cup)

CPR Old Boys @ Garden City – LISFL (Marth Cup)

CPR Orange vs. Istria – LISFL (Marth Cup)

CPR Legends vs. Manhattan Celtic Bhoys (Marth Cup)

See you back at Blooms Tavern after the games!

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Schedule for 10.7.18

Oct 04 2018 Published by under Club

Sunday October 7th:

CPR Women’s White vs. NY Magic Reserves, 1pm East 6th

CPR Men’s White @ Cedar Stars Academy, 8pm Capelli Sports Complex (Tinton Falls, NJ)

CPR Men’s White Reserves @ Cedar Stars Academy, 6pm Capelli Sports Complex (Tinton Falls, NJ)

CPR Men’s Red @ Sporting SC – South Bronx United, 2pm Randall’s Island #83

CPR Men’s Red Reserves @ Sporting SC – South Bronx United, 12noon Randall’s Island #83

DERBY TIME: CPR Grays @ CPR Orange, 10am Randall’s Island #82

CPR Old Boys @ Megas Alexandros, 12noon Springfield Gardens HS (Queens)

CPR Legends vs. SC Eintracht Legends, 9am Randall’s Island #50

See you back at Blooms Tavern after the games!

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Delayed Results from 9.30.18

Oct 04 2018 Published by under Club

CPR Women’s White beat Rovers 11-0.  Goals: Jess Tsao (5), Klara Jenkins (3) Candace 1, Jess Wall (1)

CPR Men’s White drew 0-0 at NYAC.

CPR Men’s White Reserves beat NYAC 3-0.  Goals:  Andres Guarneros, Lanfia Diaby and Faissal Sanfo.

CPR Men’s Red lost 0-2 to Manhattan Celtic

CPR Men’s Red Reserves drew 2-2 with Manhattan Celtic.  Goals: Felipe Copete and Jacobo Ackerman

CPR Grays lost 0-2 to  Manhattan Kickers Premier.

CPR Old Boys lost 0-2 to NY Pancyprian Freedoms O30.  Match Report Link

CPR Orange lost 0-3 to NY Greek American O30

CPR Legends drew 1-1 with America FC 1927.  Goal: Seb Sobczak

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