Shamrocks Dedicate Win To Robbie Walsh

By Jay Mwamba


Shamrock’s reserves dedicated their 3-0 romp over Pancyprian ‘B’ in the D’Arpino Cup to former first team coach Robbie Walsh who died last week. Darren Coleman scored, and after Jesse Corke’s outstanding penalty save [70th] – his second in the competition this fall — Sean O’Neill’s late double killed off the Greek-Cypriots.


“We didn’t play well but we deserved the win,” said coach John Riordan. “I’m delighted we could honor Robbie and of course this victory is dedicated to him.”


Lansdowne Bhoys’ third win in five days – and their second over the same team – put them in the New York final of the U.S. Amateur Cup on Tuesday night.  The Yonkers Irish outlasted Cedar Stars Academy 9-8 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Tibbetts Brook Park.


“Tough loss,” quipped Cedar owner-coach Oliver Papraniku. “Luka Cerani scored and a great debut for 16 year-old John Chionchio in the net. He also saved a penalty in regular time.”

Lansdowne’s Ovan Oakley [55th] had canceled out Cerani’s opener.


“Pretty much one-way traffic in the second half,” said Bhoys’ president William McGrory. “We should have scored a few – with Konstantin Mollering missing a penalty, too.”


Cedar had qualified for the Amateur Cup semis after routing Asteras GCC of the LISFL 5-0 last week.  Josue Ortiz [two], Claudio Shala [two] and Ilir Mujaj scored.


The Bhoys had gone into Tuesday’s game buoyed by two inspiring wins in the space of 48 hours that set up two showdowns in cup competitions with the LISFL’s NY Polet.


Last Friday, Lansdowne reached the New York regional final of the Werner Fricker Cup with a 3-1 win over Cedar at Icahn Stadium. They returned to Randalls Island two days later to blank Pancyprian Freedoms 2-0 in the Manning State Cup.


The Fricker Cup final with Polet is scheduled for next week and the Manning Cup semi-final next month.  Polet overwhelmed Manhattan Celtic 4-1 in the Manning quarterfinals last Sunday. Baba Kane scored for the Celts off Julien Greco’s assist with goalie Kyle Gurtowski stopping a Polet penalty.


“Certainly our worst outing of the season,” said the Celts’ Scott Rowling



In the Fricker Cup, Cedar dominated the early proceedings on a blustery evening, forcing several good saves from goalie Abdoukarim Danso.

It would take 55 minutes before they finally breached the Lansdowne defense, with Phil Bannister connecting from a corner.


“Poor marking from the Bhoys,” noted McGrory. “Coach Austin Friel was not happy with the energy on the pitch and immediately made a treble substitution with Glen Reid, Julian Stahler and Frankie Castillo entering the game.”

The changes paid off. Craig Purcell [65th] equalized, Ciaran McGuigan buried his own rebound and Mollering [75th] banged in the third goal. Lansdowne qualified for the Fricker Cup semi-finals after a forfeit win over New York Greek Americans.



Friel fielded a much changed side against Pancyprian 48 hours later with players rested or injured after the Cedar match. Ovan Oakley had a couple of decent chances and laid a ball to Mollering who hit a post; but it was otherwise Pancyprian in command in the first half.


A Mollering penalty, won by Shaun Foster [70th], broke the deadlock.  And when Pancyprian were denied by Danso, Oakley got the Bhoys’ second goal to dispatch the seven-time Manning Cup winners.



There was joy in the Manning Cup for Cedar as they began their defense of the silverware they’ve won the last two years with a 7-0 pasting of Serbia in the Round of 16.


Paulie Nittoli struck four times, Bannister twice and Josue Ortiz once to secure a quarterfinal date with a New York Greek American side under new management.

In their second match since taking charge of the side, coaches Joe Balsamo and Angelo Orlando led the Greeks 4-3 past Forest Park in their Round of 16 fixture. Adam Marcu [pen.], Frank Lopez, Gustavo Rieco, Dylan Williams and Patrick Figuerido connected for NYGA.


New York Athletic Club, meanwhile, bowed out 1-0 to East Hampton who now face Shamrock in the quarters.



The CSL’s Hoboken FC made it nine goals in two rounds with none conceded as they slew Vikings 6-0 in a New Jersey State Cup game at Laurel Hill Park.


Cory Chaplin’s early brace [5th, 18th] opened the floodgates. Connor Goldsmith [26th], James Reed [37th], Soren Tornqvist [73rd] with his first club goal, and Jeff Natale [85th] finished it. Five-time NJ State Cup winners, Hoboken knocked off Lyndhurst Alliance FC 3-0 in the first round.


Holders Lansdowne ‘B’ cruised past Polonia Gwardia’s second unit 4-2 to advance to the Round of 16 in the D’Arpino Cup for reserve teams. Mike Fernandes, with a superb hat trick, and Artan Balaj did the job for the two-time Cup winners. Next up for the Bhoys are Inter NY SA, 3-2 victors over CPR Reds, whose Marty Kelly and Tom Hagenaars scored.



Manhattan Celtic await the Lansdowne-Inter NY SA winner after Victor Alobeidy’s hat trick propelled them to a 5-0 win over Stal Mielec and into the D’Arpino quarterfinals. Dovlet Bayryyev and Khalid Alharbi were also on target for the Celts.



In another all-CSL tie, CPR Whites and Panatha produced a nail-biting seven-goal thriller won 4-3 by the latter.


“Jonathan Ageykum, Carlo Zanetti and Ivan Cotelea scripted a furious comeback after we were down 0-2 until the 60th minute,” said CPR’s Eli Vovsha. “But two late goals against the run of play cut it short.”


Dylan Felix, Jorey Garcia, Billy Holevas and George Georgiton were the Panatha marksmen.



Panatha advance to the quarterfinals against New York Ukrainians who thrashed Real NY FC 5-0.

Adnan Zaganjor starred with a hat trick. Ruslan Almazov and Kareem Roberts also connected.



Elsewhere in the D’Arpino Cup, 2009 champions NYAC tossed out Port Jeff 4-0. Brian Kuritzky and Pat Pierre had a brace apiece against the Long Islanders, who finished with ten men. NYAC meet the CD Iberia-NY Polet winner in the last eight.



Cup holders Manhattan Kickers strolled into the last eight without kicking a ball when Farmingville Port forfeited last Sunday. After a slow start this fall, New York Ukrainians have recently begun to show a pulse in the league. That carried into the Flamhaft Cup at the weekend when they trounced FC Japan 4-1 to cruise into the quarterfinals.


Andres Munoz, David Alkasimi [two] and Lukasz Prawdzik delivered for Steve Kovalenko’s men. Standing between them and a semi-final berth is the Floral Park-Inter NY SA winner. Stal Mielec had both goals from Bartek Dziuban in a 2-0 decision over Black Eagles of EDSL. Their reward is a last eight date with the CPR White vs. Mineola Port/El Salvador winner. Beyond FC held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out with Ossining Portuguese to prevail 4-2 and move into the Round of 16 against the LISFL’s Oranje 1777.


Deepak Mangwani and Daniel Weisberger scored in the 2-2 regulation time draw.  Mangwani again, Nicholas Nebot, Sherief El-Helaifi and Christopher Walters saw the Jersey side through following two big saves from goalie Wilson “Makê” Pedroso.



There was heartbreak for Ron Meija’s NYPD FC who lost 4-3 on penalties to the EDSL’s Germania after a 2-all draw. Didi Mashriqi and Diego Martinez netted in regulation.  Both, along with Jorge Bedoya, were on target in the shoot-out as well.



Germania move on to engage another CSL team, CPR Reds, in the Round of 16 with Spring Valley FC the final four gatekeepers. Last season’s Strumpf Cup champions, Spring Valley eked past FDNY FC 8-7 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.


“Our goal scorer was Hamilton Chacha,” said Juan Ramirez. “We were up the whole game since early first half, went down to 10 men due to injury and FDNY, as expected, never stopped searching for the equalizer which came around the 80th minute.”



Goalie Scott “Magneto” Flores was the BW Gottschee hero in a sudden death Strumpf Cup shootout victory over Kosmos United under a Supermoon.


It was 3-3 after 90 minutes in an epic battle between two undefeated sides, with the LISFL envoys pegging early Gottschee goals by Greg Davis and his striking partner John Falidas. Chris Kilcarr restored the Gottschee lead only for Kosmos to level late [87th], forcing penalties.


That’s when Flores, who stopped one PK in regulation, came up big again under the brightest moon in the dark sky since 1948. With both teams level at 5-5 from the spot, “Magneto” saved Kosmos’ sixth penalty, leaving Edgar Carpio to calmly slot in Gottschee’s for the win.


“Man of the match went to keeper Flores for his excellent performance and vision,” said John Ryding, whose side tackles Lansdowne Boys next month in the quarterfinals.



Lansdowne had goals from Joel Arevalo [pen.] and Rumiko Campbell in a 2-0 decision over Flushing FC at Tibbetts Brook Park.


“Flushing came out strong and had multiple chances in the first half, but were not able to finish,” said Ryan Wiedman, Flushing FC VP. “This included a FFC two-on-one breakaway, which the ref deemed a very close offside pass.”



Johnny Stocker led Mr. Dennehy’s into the Strumpf quarters with a hat trick in the 5-2 drubbing of Richmond County FC. Johnathan “JW” Williamson and Filipe Lobato chimed in with a goal each.


Dennehy’s await the NYFC Iliria-Korabi winner after the latter got past Ridgewood Romac 3-1.


“Richard Anton’s 38th minute game tying goal gave us hope going into the second half, but we couldn’t hold them down until the end. We should’ve done much better than this,” rued Ridgewood assistant coach Ovi Ordean.



Williamsburg International’s Kevin Ruppel and Mark Schuber accounted for half of the CSL metro side’s goals in an 8-1 blowout of Port Jefferson Fusion II.


They each had a brace, with John Kaddo, Gus Esgro, Andreas Moudatsos and Sergio Garcia accounting for the other goals in the Round of 16 tie.

“It’s the first win over non-CSL opposition in our club’s history,” noted Charles von Rosenburg, with the Hicksville-AO Brooklyn victor looming ahead.



Count Missile FC among the Strumpf Cup quarterfinalist after outshooting NY Galicia 5-4 on penalties. Ben Alexandre, Lens Alexis, Jeff Durosier, Dachy Ocvil and Becknel Pierre Louis secured the upstate outfit a clash with the NYC Metro Stars vs. Croatia/NY United winner.



The Lansdowne Over-30s’ hopes of a Marth Cup Round of 16 Irish derby with holders Shamrock were dashed by a 3-0 defeat to LISFL side Integral.

Shamrock now clash with Integral.



Juan Pulgarin, a formerly with Atlético Nacional, one of Colombia’s most popular clubs, was one of the scorers in BW Gottschee’s 3-0 romp over Cozmoz in a Marth Cup tie.


Pulgarin connected after Gianni La Verde had opened the scoring. Gottschee’s third was an own goal of a Carlos Perez cross.



Roman Bonilla, Leo Gkoros and Christian Kevin scripted Greek Americans’ 3-2 win over Lindenhurst. Ronnie Swinkels and Darran Cronshaw, meanwhile, were on target as CPR Orange fell 6-2 to Glen Cove Avellino.



In the U.S. Over-30 Open Cup, Pancyprian smashed Kelmendi FC 7-1. Taso Polydefkis led all scorers with four goals. Yannick Reyering notched a brace and Pete Halkidis got one.


Pancyprian, who meet Greek Americans in the State final, went on to edge NY Finesse 2-1, thanks to Polydefkis and Alexander Cuba.

RIP Robbie Walsh