Archive for: April, 2019

Substitutes and familiar surroundings help Legends ease past Banatul 5-1

Apr 17 2019 Published by under Legends

After a troublesome threadbare spring it looked like the Legends would finally have a comfortable sized squad against traditionally hospitable opponents Banatul.  However a robust 16 somehow ended up as 13 by game time.  Fortunately it was a robust 13, except for the odd exception whose robust Saturday night had bled into an alarm missing scramble to get to the game on time, replete with roster and kit.  With 2 substitutes the team picked itself, and with erstwhile Banatul player Moore providing an optimistic scouting report the Legends started with purpose.  Unfortunately they had difficultly converting their purpose into production.  With the defence looking rarely troubled, CPR poured up front but were unable to make a dent.  Finally, as had happened many times it was upto to D’Andrea to make the difference.  Gifted a free kick in a dangerous area, D’Andrea struck it calmly into the side netting to enable the Legends to take the lead.

At half time the Legends focused on what they needed to do in order to take advantage of a rapidly tiring Banatul team.  Soon enough they were able to do so, with numbers charging forward looking to get on the score sheet.  Stower to Sawyer gave the Legends some breathing room, with Frazier exhibiting his full goalie repertoire by launching a ball that Sawyer latched on to and converted.  With everyone greedily hunting for scores a quick turnover enabled Banatul to convert, with only Venkataraman doing his defensive duty against 2 attackers.  Order was soon restored as D’Andrea scored again and then ended the game with one more as the referee took pity on tired Banatul.

These are the events as vaguely remembered.  The Legends next game against SC Eintracht should hopefully be similarly prolific, although the game against Barnstonworth after that is straight after the notorious Brooklyn Derby.


Competition: Banatul SC, League Opposition


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


Conditions: Nice spring morning


Fans: 0


Result: 5:1 HT: 1-0


Goals: 1-0: D’Andrea Assist Sawyer

2-0: Sawyer Assist Stower

3-0: Sawyer Assist Frazier

4-1: D’Andrea

5-1: D’Andrea Assist Sawyer


Yellow Cards: With Frazier safely ensconced in goal, there were none

Red Cards: None


Mike D’s aka No Shows: At one point the Legends had 16, but that evaporated into a mere 13 with some late scratches


Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None


”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: None, with most players in decent shape and a couple of subs making a big difference


Old Man of the Match: For the first time in memory, we had a dual OMoM.  With their impacts on the game it was impossible to separate D’Andrea (hattrick) from Sawyer (2 goals, 2 assists). D’Andrea’s calmness in the center of the pitch was matched with Sawyer’s menace up front.


Old Man of the Bar: The Return of Paul Vale was only matched with Tier 1 Venkataraman.  A true case of Mutually Assured Destruction.


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


Statistic of the week:  Sawyer elbowed his way into the Top 20 points scorers all time for the Legends from only 10 games, a hair behind Rich Enticott who scored 9 goals and 5 assists from his 10 games vs 5 goals and 4 assists.


Team Bar Showing: 5 out of 13 (38%)

Team Bar Night: 4 out of 5. A little confusion at the beginning over early bar entry, but soon enough 5 made it in.  After the Liverpool Chelsea game, two stayed.  And stayed.  And stayed.


Team (No new profiles this week): Tim Frazier (GK), Manohar Venkataraman, Neil Stower (DF), Andy Jones (DF), Gavin Moore (DF), Eduardo Mazzi (DF), Mark Edmunds (DF), Danny Azzo, Franco Denari, Scott Brindley, Paul Vale, Willian D’Andrea, David Sawyer

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Results from April 13/14/16th

Apr 14 2019 Published by under Club

Saturday April 13th

CPR Men’s White Reserves lost 3-4 @ Lansdowne Yonkers FC Reserve.  Goals: Faissal Sanfo (2), Pim Boonstra

Sunday April 14th

CPR Women’s White lost 1-3 to Rovers.  Goal: Klara Jenkins

CPR Men’s Red beat NYPD 3-1.  Goals: Facundo Zalazar (2) and Colin Haggerty

CPR Men’s Red Reserves beat NYPD Reserves 2-0.  Goals: Trip Burke, Dorian Jashari

CPR Grays lost 1-2 @ Hoboken.  Goal: Matt Hatcher

DERBY: CPR Old Boys beat CPR Orange 5-2.  Goals:  Old BoysPaul Clarke, Seb Palacios (2), Matt Costello and Seb Sobczak; Orange: Ghaith Humaimidi (2)

CPR Legends beat Banatul 5-1.  Goals: Willian D’Andrea (3) and David Sawyer (2)

Tuesday April 16th:

CPR Men’s White lost 0-5 to Lansdowne Yonkers FC

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Weekend Schedule April 13th/14th/16th

Apr 09 2019 Published by under Club

Saturday April 13th

CPR Men’s White Reserves @ Lansdowne Yonkers FC Reserve, 6pm Tibbets Brook Park Field 3

Sunday April 14th

CPR Women’s White vs Rovers, 3pm East 6th St.

CPR Men’s Red @ NYPD, 10am Flushing Meadow Field 8

CPR Men’s Red Reserves @ NYPD Reserves, 8am Flushing Meadow Field 8

CPR Grays @ Hoboken, 10am Laurel Hill Park Field 1

DERBY ALERT: CPR Old Boys vs. CPR Orange, 3pm Randalls #91

CPR Legends @ Banatul 8am Randalls #74

Tuesday April 16th:

CPR Men’s White @ Lansdowne Yonkers FC, Time TBD, James L Fleming Field, Yonkers

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Weekend Cup and other Results: 4/4 – 4/7

Apr 07 2019 Published by under Club

Thursday 4/4/19:

CPR Men’s White Reserve lost @ NY Greek American 3-4.  Goals: Travis Cantrell, and Faissal Sanfo (2)  (league makeup game)

Saturday 4/6/19:

CPR Men’s White lost 1-5 to Zum Schnieder.  Goal: Akeem Brooks  (CSL John Kilby Cup)

CPR Men’s Red Reserves lost 0-2 to Barnstonworth Rovers (CSL Harry J. Saunders Cup)

Sunday 4/7/19:

CPR Old Boys beat Hoboken 4-3.  Goals: Seb Sobczak (2), Brandon Levy (pen) and Matt Hureau (CSL O30s Cup)

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Thin (in numbers) Legends team cannot overcome numerous Doxa and smugly incompetent referee

Apr 03 2019 Published by under Legends

The last few weeks have put a huge strain on the Legends resources, the small game day squads compounding into injuries.  Upto the Friday before the game there was a real danger that the Legends were going to have to forfeit, but they decided based on pride and keeping their good name in the league to soldier on with single digits.  After begging, borrowing and stealing they looked like they might be close to a starting 11, and with two late additions in Steve Roberts and Steve Morse they were able to get to a relatively expansive 12.

Given the knowledge that most players would have to play the full game or close to it, the Legends started quite well and with perhaps a little too much energy.  Although they were against the strong wind, they held up the ball well and managed to get into the box, without the requisite luck needed.  Doxa meanwhile tried to use the wind a little too much, with the long balls consequently ending up safely shepherded away by sweeper keeper Carducci.  The Legends did a commendable job keeping the game tight, with the teams separated by a solitary goal that was well struck through a number of bodies from Doxa.

The second half was always going to be a slog despite having the wind at their backs.  After knocking the Legends around with a few of their backups, Doxa launched a full assault with their younger, quicker players.  The Legends were a canny team though, playing a high line and allowing the Doxa youngsters to continually run themselves offside.  This was an expert strategy with one flaw.  The second goal, the one that broke the Legends spirit was so egregiously offside the Legends just stood around staring at the player run the field waiting for a whistle that never came.  Everyone stipulates that calling offside by a referee with no linesmen is tough, but this was such a breathtakingly bad call it defied belief.  Now, there are ways that the referee could have handled it, but smugly talking back to a team struggling with numbers and blatantly lying about a player playing the opponent offside while getting his number wrong was not the way to go about it.  Almost to make a point the referee now arbitrarily decided when he should blow his whistle, claiming that everyone knows the ball was out, it was an obvious foul etc. as half the team played on waiting for the whistle and the other half waited in helpless limbo.  There were a couple more offside goals before the referee belatedly decided to start blowing his whistle, but by then it was too late.  The one ray of sunshine was Carlsen’s goal from the kickoff.  After a couple of wind aided shots from the kickoff, this one was perfectly executed into the top corner, the first such goal scored by this core team since Fink scored off the opening kickoff for the Old Boys several years ago.  Quite what the goalie was doing after being warned several times of this exact technique was another matter, especially given that he had acquitted himself well from a variety of shots in the second half.

Nobody pretends the Legends would have won this game with a league average referee as opposed to a smugly inept argumentative lout.  However when running yourself into exhaustion it is truly debilitating to watch blatant mistakes be rewarded.  This is probably the first truly lousy refereeing display of the season, so thank heavens for small favours.  The small tragedy is that the game was played in a good spirit with very little of the excessive physical play that can cause annoying old man arguments. The Legends have a welcome week off and will now prepare to play the bottom half of the table in a round robin to see if they can win the Everton cup.

Competition: Doxa SC Legends, League Opposition

Location: Herbert Lehman High School, Bronx

Conditions: Chilly spring evening

Fans: 0

Result: 1:7 HT: 0-1

Goals: 1-5: Carlsen

Yellow Cards: No Tim Frazier so no bookings

Red Cards: None

Mike D’s aka No Shows: Edmunds was a late scratch given his “sickness” (nobody suggested he was hungover at the game).

Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: Steve Roberts risked divorce on his wife’s birthday to make it out, and was sorely needed.  Also Steve Morse trekked all the way out after his Old Boys game, so kudos to him as well.

”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Surprisingly there were no significant injuries given the number of players who had to play 90 minutes.  Resnik’s knees already precluded a long stint (although the knee complaining before and after the game bears no resemblance to him on the field where you need a crowbar to pry him out).  Falling heaving after being undercut in the penalty box probably had a larger influence on his being sidelined than anything else.

Old Man of the Match: Really a tough, hard fought performance all around, despite the discouragement of a supercilious incompetent referee and facing wave after wave of relatively young fresh opponents.  No particular player stood out from the rest.

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:  Resnik achieved his 100th cap, although given the circumstances the celebrations weren’t what they could and should have been.  Doxa had enough players to mount a guard of honour by themselves

Team Bar Showing: 6 out of 12 (50%)

Team Bar Night: 3 out of 5. Not bad considering it was a 6pm kickoff in the Bronx.  Finding a place to drink near the field was tricky, but Havana café did the trick, with surprisingly good food.

Team (No new profiles this week): Mike Carducci (GK), Steve Roberts (DF), Manohar Venkataraman, Mark Resnik (DF), Neil Stower (DF), Andy Jones (DF), Gavin Moore (DF), Steve Morse, Scott Brindley, Jan Carlsen, Hakan Nizam, John Hodges

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Cup Games schedule for April 6th and 7th

Apr 02 2019 Published by under Club

We have some teams playing in various cup games this weekend, as well as a mid-week league makeup game:

Thursday 4/4/19:

CPR Men’s White Reserve @ NY Greek American, 9pm Met Oval (league makeup game)

Saturday 4/6/19:

CPR Men’s White vs. Zum Schnieder, 8pm Randall’s #70 (CSL John Kilby Cup)

CPR Men’s Red Reserves vs. Barnstonworth Rovers, 6pm Randall’s #70 (CSL Harry J. Saunders Cup)

Sunday 4/7/19:

CPR Old Boys @ Hoboken, 12noon Lauren Hill Park #1, Secaucus (CSL O30s Cup)

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Results from 3/30-3/31

Apr 01 2019 Published by under Club

Saturday 3/30/19

CPR Men’s Red beat FC Spring Valley 5-4.  Goals: Federico Testi (2), Emilio Cordero, Sam Allington and Matteo Cattania

CPR Men’s Red Reserves beat FC Spring Valley 6-1.  Goals: Jacobo Ackerman (3), Trip Burke (2), and Jaime Bahamondes

Sunday 3/31/19

CPR Women’s White fell 2-4 to NYC United.  Goals: Jess Tsao and Kalie Bartholomew

CPR Men’s White drew 1-1 with NYAC. Goal: Travis Cantrell

CPR Men’s White Reserves beat NYAC 1-0.  Goal: Andres Guarneros

DERBY RESULT: CPR Old Boys beat the Grays 4-0.  Goals: Brandon Levy, Seb Sobczak, Matt Hureau and Stephen Duffy

CPR Orange drew 3-3 with Between Rivers FC.  Goals: Darran Cronshaw (2) and Dragan Blagojevic

CPR Legends lost 1-6 to Doxa FC Legends. Goal: Jan Carlsen

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