The Lansdowne team after routing Real Sociedad 4-0 to lift the Sal Rapaglia Champion’s Cup at the Verazzano Sports Complex in Brooklyn
By Jay Mwamba
Irish ace Daryl Kavanagh scored twice at the Verrazano Sports Complex last Sunday as CSL titlists Lansdowne Bhoys (above) routed the EDSL’s Real Sociedad 4-0 to win the Sal Rapaglia Champions Cup.
Kavanagh, 28, whose former clubs include St. Patrick’s Athletic, Shamrock Rovers and Cork City, all in Ireland, was the Bhoys’ top scorer with five goals in three games in the six-team tournament for New York State’s top amateur clubs.
The other participants were: Islas Malvinas [Allfut league champions], Port Jefferson [Long Island Soccer Football League champions], New York Greek Americans [Manning State Cup holders] and Westchester CF [Flamhaft Cup holders].
Drawn in Group ‘A’ with Islas Malvinas and Port Jefferson, Lansdowne got off to a flying start with a 10-0 landslide victory over Malvinas. Kavanagh and his Senegalese striking partner Papa Thioune each bagged a hat trick. Mohammed Kaba [two], Gareth McGlynn and Sean Kelly were the other scorers against the Argentines.
The Bhoys were held to a 1-1 draw by Port Jefferson in Game Two, with Thioune on the mark again. The tie secured Lansdowne’s place in the final against Sociedad. Kavanagh and Kaba both connected twice against the Spanish side to add another prestigious title to the Yonkers club’s collection.
“Overall, I’m pleased to win the Cup,” said player-coach Austin Friel. “It’s good to win a piece of silverware at the start of the season.”
Lansdowne’s victory kept the Rapaglia trophy in the CSL’s possession for the fifth year running. Cosmopolitan Soccer League clubs have triumphed in six of the seven finals since the tournament was introduced in 2008.
Previous CSL winners of the Rapaglia Cup include Pancyprian Freedoms [2008, 2011], New York Albanians , Greek Americans  and New York Athletic Club .
Greek Americans had a forgettable outing this time after losing 2-1 to Sociedad in Group ‘A’ and edging Westchester by the same scoreline.
“An embarrassment for our club, in all ways, including myself,” head coach Stavros Zomopoulos condemned the USASA champions’ collective effort.
In the CSL top flight, second half substitute Julio Dos Santos scored with his first touch to hand Pancyprian Freedoms a 1-0 victory over NYAC on Travers Island. Andreas Chronis set up the goal that preserved the Greek-Cypriot’s 100 percent record atop the West. Scott Noble, Bobby Linaberry [two] and Junior Spinks fired NYAC’s reserves to a 4-0 win.
Peter Christman made a memorable debut for East leaders New York Rovers with the winner in a 2-1 decision over Stal Mielec at Icahn Stadium.
Chris Wiggins, had opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the early season.
“Chris would have had two if not for a wrongly disallowed goal,” said coach Andy Abramovits, after his men improved to 3-0 . Dritan Sela replied for Stal, whose reserves lost 3-1. Zach Pritchard, Luis Gonzalez and Retta Mulugetta starred for Rovers’ retooled “B” team. Waldemar Pyryt had Stal’s lone response.
Jeff Natale struck twice [15th, 61st] as Hoboken FC picked up their first win over the fall, 3-1 at Clarkstown Eagles’ expense at Laurel Hill Park. Josh Corpuz [88th] sealed it after Bljerdi Bardic [65th] had pulled one back for the visitors.
“An all-around good effort in a tough game,” summed up GM Bill Marth. Greg Pilla and Jon Rudnick led the Hoboken reserves to a 2-1 victory.
Simon Kearney leveled against a United FC side that finished with ten men to earn Manhattan Celtic a 1-1 draw at Pier 5. His volley canceled out Paul Nittoli’s fifth minute strike.
“Great to get our first points of the season,” said Celtic’s 23-year-old coach Matt Kane. “We have three attacking players coming back from absences next week and we feel confident we can build on this result.” United’s reserves won 3-1.
Elsewhere in the First Division, Shane Lennon had Central Park Rangers’ face-saver in a 4-1 loss to New York Croatia on Randalls Island. Justin Dotzman had the assist.
CPR’s second unit ran off 3-0 winners. Mike DeChristopher connected off a pass from Chris Norelli who later scored himself while Daniel Miller accounted for number three. Marc Weisi had the assist on Norelli’s strike.
Shamrock’s sizzling form in the second tier that had seen them score ten goals in their opening two matches suddenly turned cold against Polonia. The Rocks slipped 2-1 at St. Michael’s Playground in Flushing.
Mohamed Fofana notched the Irishmen’s only goal. With the win, Polonia [2-0-1, 7] went atop the standings, a point ahead of both Shamrock and NYPD. The reserve tussle ended 1-1, with Sean Hand scoring on his Shamrock debut.
NICK OF TIME
NYPD’S Nick Baum scripted the Cops’ 1-0 decision over Japan at Flushing Meadow Park.Japan’s second team was crashed 7-0.
On Randalls Island, defending champs CD Iberia picked up their first point of the season despite drawing a blank against Manhattan Kickers in a goalless tie. Iberia’s reserves, however, prevailed 4-1 in the opener.
After contributing to the reserves’ 5-1 rout, Mohammed Jalloh grabbed both goals in Sporting Astoria’s 2-2 tie with New Amsterdam United at Evander Childs High School. His first pegged back Wassim Najjar’s ice breaker for the Dutch. His second, assisted by Marc Vilson, was canceled out by a goal United attributed to Andrew Dickler.
“Another disappointing result but our patience and character improved,” said Astoria boss Ed Romero.
Sporting’s reserves made it ten goals in two games with the 5-1 romp. “They are on a tear,” exclaimed Romero. “Coach Edgar Avila has the team playing really well. ”
In addition to Mohammed Jalloh, Damian Paz, Steven Arenas, Abu Jalloh and Christian Valencia tallied. Arenas, who also had an assist, earned Man of the Match plaudits from Romero. Samuel Gozlan had Amsterdam’s face-saver.
CPR Reds added Ridgewood to their list of conquests after a 6-0 drubbing on Randalls Island stretched the Metro Div. One East pacesetters’ record to 3-0. It was closer than the scoreline reflected, according to CPR’s Blake Berg, whose teammates led just 1-0 at the interval.
The floodgates opened on resumption, and at the end, Johnny Williamson [two], Declan Heffernan, Richie Kavernagh, Eric Pierot and Mack Woodruff had seen Ridgewood off.
“Second straight shutout credited to keeper Andrew Snell in his second career start with the Reds. Goal of the match goes to Richie “K” with a slashing volley from 20 yards out followed by his signature maholo man hang loose celebration” remarked Berg.
In a remarkable revival after back-to-back losses in their first two fixtures, Mr. Dennehy’s hit peak form to smash Dynamo SC 8-3 at the Greenbelt Recreational Center. Josh Southall pumped in four goals while Kenny Shirley, Ronan Gardiner, Johnny Imundo and Francisco Patino had one apiece.
Nicholas Chang and Eric “Gonzo” Goncalves [pen.] were the Gotham Argo heroes in 2-0 win over FC Gwardia at Pier 40.
On Randalls Island, NYC Vllaznia had goals from Ritvan Mehmeti and Dardan Jashari in a 2-2 tie with Brishna.
Williamsburg Internationals’ Moudatsos brothers, Nunzio [left] and Andreas.
Nunzio, the older scored four goals and Andreas two in the 10-2 win over New York Galicia.
High scoring Williamsburg International’s Moudatsos brothers, Nunzio and Andreas (above), accounted for six of the Metro Div. Two club’s goals in a 10-2 trouncing of New York Galicia at Bushwick Inlet. Nunzio, the older of the two strikers, got four while Andreas struck twice.
Sergio Garcia, Logan Roos and Charles von Rosenberg were also on target as the side formerly known as Doyle’s Corner FC brought its two-week goal tally to an incredible 25! They crushed Metro City Fury Athletic 15-2 the previous week.
Metro City Fury, meanwhile, suffered another shellacking; 9-1 this time at the hands of AO Brooklyn at Abraham Lincoln High School. Jordan Breslauer had two goals and an assist, Chris Vega two goals and two assists, Xavier Castro a brace, Dash Martin and Sebastian Ribiero both a goal and an assist and Mike Cannizarro one goal.
FC Partizani is another team down on its luck in Metro Two early in the season. Hammered 10-1 by Barnstonworth Rovers in their previous game, they suffered a second drubbing in Week Three. Metro Stars was the team dishing out the punishment on Staten Island, an 8-1 drubbing marshalled by hat trick hero Othman Lantir, John Guaguen [two], Wayne Doyle [two] and Cristian Vazquez.
For Barnstonworth Rovers, on the other hand, there was a set-back against Mola SC who pulled out a 4-2 win at the Verrazano Sports Complex.Sal Ingravallo [two], Neil Franco and Giussepe Aveta had the goals.
Also in Metro Two, Alex Hall notched SC Eintracht’s lone effort in a 4-1 loss to New York Bravehearts. Seung Min Jun assisted on what was the go-ahead-go.
“Defense suffered injuries and forwards had to play out of position. Tough loss since we scored first and they tied it up right before the half. Our goalie Doug Calov saved a penalty to keep the score at 4-1,” reported VP Mark Lesser. Diego Soto, Clement Osbert and Mora Reyes [two] were the Braveheart marksmen.
Eintracht’s old timers fared better with Vinny Vasconcelos, Ronald Gotz, Jean Paul Garzon, and Andres Garcia mauling Banatul 4-1 in the new CSL Over-35 division.
Paddy McCarry’s Shamrock Over-30s made it two wins out of two games after holding off Manhattan Celtic Legends 4-2 on Randalls Island.
Sean Riley got the first of his double in the tenth minute. Celtic’s Tyrone Kent leveled in the 25th minute but the Rocks would take a 2-1 lead into the locker room courtesy of Danny Parkin’s screamer of a free kick [40th].
On resumption, goals from Alex Berne [50th] and Riley again [55th] put the hosts 4-1 up before Ansumana Gaye [80th] pulled one back.
“As a whole, they were brilliant. Total team effort,” McCarry lauded his side.
Celtic Bhoys also came a cropper, 3-1 to Guyana Veterans, in their Over-30 fixture. Souley Diallo scored off Jaime Gonzalez’ assist.
Manhattan Kickers Over-30s broke a goalless half time tie with a flood of goals on the restart to swamp BW Gottschee 6-2 at East River Park.
Jack Vivonetto [50th, 55th] David James Stewart [60th], John Slover [70th, 75th] and Paul Cowler connected, the latter after Kickers had conceded twice.
“A good result certainly, but I’m [annoyed] that we gave up our zero goal-against record unnecessarily!” fumed Eddie Yee Woo Guo.
Barnstonworth Premier drew 2-2 with Greeks. Goals were scored by Emin Avasar and Duane Pena, and assists by Mike Butler and Errol Mcfarlane
On Randalls Island, Manohar Venkataraman’s strike for CPR Legends earned them a share of the points from a 1-1 tie with SC Gjoa.