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
Result: 0:7 HT: 0-4
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