Down 2-0 after ten minutes, the Bhoys rallied back to tie defending champs New York Greek-American/Atlas 2-2 in Yonkers.
“Two defensive lapses let them in. We should have won it,” said coach Paul Doherty.
The Bhoys kicked off at Tibbet Brook field hoping to build on their stunning 4-0 upset of Long Island Soccer League leaders Glen Cove in the Manning State Cup.
But Greek-Atlas had other ideas, capitalizing on the Lansdowne miscues to reel in back-to-back goals through Junior Motinor (8th) and Paul Grafas (10th).
To their credit, Lansdowne were unbowed.
Dessie Beattie (35th) reduced the deficit going into half time when he blasted in a shot from 25 yards off a Mark Maguire feed.
Conor Hunter had a fine effort blocked by the Greek goalie in the 50th minute while Thomas Harkin twice came close with a pair of headers before Marty Griffin squared the ball for Cleveland Jordan (65th) to complete Lansdowne’s comeback.
“We were creating a lot of chances but not just finishing,” Doherty sighed. “But we won’t panic. We’ll get back to work after Thanksgiving.”
He had plaudits for Beattie and CJ Doherty, two of the Bhoys’ big performers against the CSL titlists.
Lansdowne (0-6-2, 2) remain rooted at the foot of the First Division (West) table, six points adrift of Barnstonworth Rovers.
Terry Delaney struck twice from dead ball situations as the Lansdowne reserves converted three free kicks to tie Greek-Atlas 3-3.
DeLaney notched his first free kick in the 20th minute, and after Robbie Rowe had fired one in before the break, shook the net from 30 yards (70th) to earn the seconds (2-5-1, 7) a share of the points.
“After that we dominated the game but couldn’t (score),” noted reserve Aidan Corr.
Both sides finished with ten-men following a double ejection, center half Sean Hall being the Lansdowne loss on the hour.
Shamrock conceded a late goal in a hard fought 2-2 tie with Gotham Argonauts at Chelsea’s Pier 40 ground.
Down 1-0 to a David Peasley strike after 15 minutes of the Metro Div. 2 fixture, Shamrock fought back to take a 2-1 half time lead.
Paddy Gerathy leveled off a Terry Seitz pass in the 25th minute before
Ciaran Moloney pounced on the Gotham goalie’s inability to deal with player-coach Robbie Walsh’s header to put the Rocks ahead.
Shamrock, already without the influential Bingo O’Driscoll and Donal Kelly, suffered a blow in the 70th minute when Gerathy limped off injured.
Five minutes later Gotham’s Darran Cronshaw equalized to deny the visitors full points.
“Overall, it was a fair result. They’re a good team,” said Walsh, who had to rely on several players from the Shamrock Over-30 side to make up the numbers.
They included the outstanding Owen Sweeney at fullback, Bart O’Rourke and Emmet Murphy.
Walsh also had praise for metro regulars Paddy O’Connor, Emmet Harvey, Ronan Creaney and Peter Hamil.
Shamrock are now 2-3-3 (9) in Metro Div. 2 West.
Also at Pier 40, Manhattan Celtic and Koha drew 0-0 in their Second Division tussle.
“A tough game, some of our lads played both games,” noted Celtic coach Ian Woodcock.
Brian Lewis and Ed McPherson netted for Woodcock’s first place reserves (7-0, 21) in a 2-0 win.
Roosevelt Island International’s Irish forward Richard Shattock played super-sub against Astoria Gaels at McCarran Park, scoring with his first touch in the 60th minute to set up his club’s first win of the season.
Alexander Sinclair (80th) added the insurance goal for Roosevelt (1-6, 3), who shore up the Division Two standings.
Gaels reserves’ won 2-0, courtesy of Brendan Reilly and Keith.
ASA McCarthy succumbed 2-1 to Stal Mielec at Wards Island in their second straight loss in Metro Div. 1.
Mielec did all the scoring, getting two from Christopher Makjut and Voitek Kiwak and conceding an own goal.
The defeat left McCarthy (1-5-1, 4) level on points with Bergen Kickers at the bottom of the table.
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