Two goals from Sekou Cox and one from Paul Clarke sealed a hard fought win in the State Cup for the Old Boys on a windy Randall’s Island. The win extends the Boys perfect start to the season, with five wins and no goals conceded.
Kicker’s started brighter and had a series of corners, but it was CPR’s first corner on 20 minutes were the first goal came from. Paul Clark raised highest at the back post to guide in Seb Palacios’ well delivered cross past the ‘keeper, a defender on the line got a head to it but couldn’t stop the ball from hitting the net.
Kicker’s played an extra player in the middle and continued to press very high. Their only shot on goal from Kickers was a free kick from 40 yards which Mejias in goal saved comfortably. The game took on a pattern of CPR getting men behind the ball then exploding on the break. It was one of these breaks that CPR extended their lead.
The defense got the ball out fast to Sekou who ran from his own half past two Kickers’ attackers deep into the Kicker’s half. As a defender squared him up, Sekou played a clever one-two with Palacios and reached the ball just before the defender. From a tight angle, he kept his cool to slot the ball past the keeper.
CPR continued to carve open the better chances. Before the break Bruce whipped in a beautiful cross to the far side of the box and Joe Allen met it with a flying volley, but unfortunately for CPR it was right down the throat of the ‘keeper.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first. Kickers had a lot of the ball but they didn’t create any actual chances as the CPR rearguard defended steadfastly. When they reverted to long balls Edo Pasinato and Clarke in defense were rock solid not losing one header or challenge.
The game was put beyond doubt on the 66th minute. It was the combination of Palacios and Sekou again. Palacios played a delicate chip to Sekou who took it in his stride. There was still a lot for Sekou to do, but he powered past the last defender and composed himself before passing the ball into the bottom left of the goal. That goal took his tally up to 6 for the season, the CPR top scorer.
As Kickers got more stretched CPR had more chances. Peter Chodacki made a clever run and was found with a great ball, but his shot was always rising and went well over the ball. Another great passing move by CPR nearly lead to a fourth goal but Vicente’s shot from 15 yards just flashed wide of the post as he was put under pressure from a defender.
In the last five minutes the Kicker’s had their clearest chance when a shot from 25 yards hit the post. Apart from that CPR weren’t troubled too much, running out comfortable winners. That’s five wins from five, 22 goals scored and, incredibly, zero conceded. It’s back to league action next week for a pride of CPR match-up vs the Oranges.
Goals: Cox (2), Clarke (1)