Originally published at CSL by Michael Battista / @MichaelB_96
Of the six games played in Week 6, only one had both teams score goals and only two of those had close scorelines. NY Greek Americans II and Manhattan Celtic both dominated with six goals each while Richmond versus Zum Schneider FC 03 II came down to a single penalty kick. Behind all the offense also came stout defenses and suffocating midfields. Teams like Hoboken and Stal Mielec both scored often while also keeping possession firmly away from their opponents.
In total, winning teams scored 22 goals while losing ones only scored 2. Read the recap below to get all the details:
Wednesday, November 4
Manhattan Kickers vs. New York Shamrock SC (0-2)
New York Shamrock SC stayed hot on short rest and earned their fifth straight clean sheet versus Manhattan Kickers, 2-0, on Wednesday night.
Goals from Nikita Zhurulev and Rafa Carvalho put the Rocks at the top of the table for a few days before the Sunday slate of games. However, it does go to show just how close the team is from punching through.
New York’s next two games will be against the same teams they hope to jump: Hoboken FC 1912 (this Sunday) and Manhattan Celtic (Week 8). Manhattan Kickers will have a challenging week as they play Kelmendi FC NY on Sunday and Zum Schneider FC 03 II only three days later on Wednesday.
Sunday, November 8
Stal Mielec NY vs. Kelmendi FC NY (4-0)
Stal Mielec NY continues to be a dark horse among the top teams in Division 1. The side put up a four goal win, including a clean sheet, over Kelmendi FC NY to kick off Sunday’s games.
Despite it’s offense not producing to the same level as the Top 3, the positive results keep coming in thanks to an effective defense. Sunday’s match however was a testimate to show just how much Stal’s offense can do when things gel.
Chris Karcz and Pawel Marczenia both scored twice for their team while also picking up one assist each. A third assist was also earned by Lukasz Haunser.
The next challenge for Stal will be seeing if they can earn a result against a Top 3 team or if they become the best of the rest. This Sunday against Manhattan Celtic will be a perfect time to demonstrate where they belong. Kelmendi meanwhile will play Manhattan Kickers at 11 AM the same day at Tibbet Brook Park.
Hoboken FC 1912 vs. Polonia SC (3-0)
Following a points deduction of three points last week, Polonia FC lost it’s match Sunday to Hoboken FC 1912 by, coincidentally, three goals. The hopes for a winning streak were struck down by the Division 1 leaders at their home ground in New Jersey.
Hoboken remains perfect on the season through six games and earns its third clean sheet.
“It was a well contested match on a perfect Sunday afternoon,” Hoboken head coach Steve Korfiatis said after the game. “We managed to dominate possession for most of the match and control play.”
The game winner came in the 25th minute when Louis Mobbs came off the bench. With his first touch, off a pass from Evan Reed, he curled in a shot past the Polonia goalkeeper to put Hoboken up. Hobbs added a second score to his game total late in the second half to double the lead when Charlie Reed’s cross found his head for a redirect. While the initial shot was saved, Mobbs overpowered two defenders to head in the rebound to make it 2-0.
The final goal came not long after when Tyler Poggiogalle passed a long ball to James Reed, who found the space to go on a near untouched run into the box before poking in the goal. In total, all three goals involved a player named Reed in some form.
Polonia’s best chances all game came via counter attack hoping to catch an over extended Hoboken. Though the backline was rarely threatened, a few errors did cause scares throughout.
“One of the differences between a good team and great team is their ability to limit mistakes, particularly in the defensive third and we have to continue trying to limit mistakes that could cost us,” Korfiatis said.
In one of the first top table clashes of the year, Hoboken’s next challenge comes this Sunday when it plays New York Shamrock SC. Both teams have scored a combined 40 goals through six weeks while only allowing seven in total. Polonia will visit Real Ole FC the same day.
New York Greek Americans II vs. Beyond FC (6-0)
Following a scary situation last week involving positive COVID-19 tests, New York Greek Americans II returned to the pitch after consecutive negative results and team isolation. The unannounced interruption did little to hamper the side as it went out and earned its largest win of the season so far, 6-0, over Beyond FC.
“Our CSL First team is finally starting to take formation,” team manager Frank Bouklis said in an email following the match. “A couple players are back in the country finally from Europe that were locked out and the team is shaping up.”
Michael Ledesma had the standout performance during the match, taking part in four of the team’s goals. He scored twice, including a successful penalty kick conversion, and assisted on two others including the first one / game-winner. Alexander Schachinger also pulled a double scoring a goal and assisting on the sixth and final one.
The rest of the scoresheet included Mauricio Mora scoring twice and Brian Simpson also getting a goal with Frank Lopez and Sebastian Ramirez also picking up an assist each.
After it’s difficult first half, Beyond pushed back in the second while only trailing by a couple of goals. Midway through, the team was awarded a penalty kick but Greeks’ keeper Kyriakos Kaporalis made sure to preserve the clean sheet with a jumping save just below the crossbar. It was Beyond’s best chance of the night.
The Greeks will play Zum Schneider FC 03 II, the other second team for an EPSL side, this Sunday in the main event of Week 7. Beyond will host Richmond County FC in the shadow of Snake Hill early on Sunday afternoon.
Richmond County FC vs. Zum Schneider FC 03 II (1-0)
The closest match in Week 6 came down to a controversial penalty kick that gave Richmond County FC it’s first win of the season, 1-0, over Zum Schneider FC 03 II.
A foul in the box’s corner saw the main official call for a penalty while the closer sideline official did not. A conference between the two saw the main official’s decision stand, sending Peter Zima to the spot. His kick sent Zum keeper Ricky Bowry the wrong way and gave Richmond a critical three points.
“I thought we had enough quality passages of play and chances to take three points on the road,” Zum head coach Ryan Horch said afterwards. “Unfortunately we didn’t take them and are disappointed in the result. The referee’s decision had a significant impact on the game which is unfortunate as well. We are looking forward to next weekend’s matchup.”
For most of the match, the visitors kept control. Lina Suriano and Mo Haridi both had chances to score in the first 45 but either hit the post or went just wide of the net. The ball was away from Richmond’s feet for so long that Bowry only needed to face two other shots from distance.
With the win, Richmond moves to 5 points and jumps nearly the entire bottom half of the Division 1 table. Their next chance to keep the momentum going will come on Sunday when they visit Beyond FC in Secaucus. Zum will get the nightcap that day against New York Greek Americans II.
Manhattan Celtic vs. Real Ole FC (6-2)
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The final Week 6 match was also the most offensive and the only one to not include a clean sheet. The visiting Manhattan Celtic left Pier 40 with its biggest win of the season so far, 6-2, over home side Real Ole FC.
The match provided an opportunity for Celtic to fully flesh out it’s squad. Midfielder Marques Mayoras made his debut with the first team and helped Manhattan control the infield for most of the match. The entire roster also played a key role offensively with seven unique players taking part in the team’s goals.
Austin Alphonse, Daniel Arvidsson, Kwadwo Asante, and Conor Coleman all scored goals for the team while Cesar Serna and Sean Doran picked up assists. For his efforts, Asante also picked up two assists tying him with one other player for most offensive impact.
One of the CSL’s biggest workhorses to start the year, Marco Charnas scored two more goals to complete the night for his team while also assisting on a third goal. As of now, he’s scored just over one goal per game.
Head coach Matthew Kane was proud of the team effort and ability the entire team showed by controlling the 90 minutes.
“Happy to have a positive result and even better performance and we are aware we have a very difficult month ahead of games,” he said.
That slate of difficult games continues with Stal Mielec NY on Sunday, with the Polish side hoping to firmly jump into the top tier of the table. Real Ole will host Polonia SC the same day in the early evening.