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CSL Roundup: Gaels go for win

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Last on target for Astoria in a 2-0 decision over Shamrock in Metro Div. 1 two seasons ago, the Dubliner shot the Gaels ahead in the 20th minute after CPR’s Hakan Nizam had canceled out Marty Scott’s seventh minute opener in the Second Division tussle.
Doyle’s second strike on the hour extended Gael’s lead to 4-1 after veteran Derek McKenna (35th) had given the visitors a two-goal cushion at the interval.
It proved a valuable lead as the Reds, one of two CPR teams in Division Two, netted a late consolation through Paul Meacham.
“Good start to the season,” remarked John Rabbit, Gaels’ satisfied co-manager.
The result should also boost Gaels’ morale ahead of their encounter with the CPR “White” team at Commodore Barry Field in Brooklyn this Sunday (kick-off 4 p.m).
In the reserve fixture, Astoria’s Gerry O’Brien and CPR forward Rich Enticott exchanged goals in a 1-1 tie.

SHAMROCK DEBUT
Shamrock, the doyen of Irish club’s in the CSL, debuted in Metro Div. 2 against newcomers OMM SC and came away from Dimeola Field in Rockland County with a 1-1 draw.
Michael Gadstone, a 23-year-old forward making his first appearance for the Rocks, scored in the 30th minute, but a likely Shamrock victory was dashed by OMM’s equalizer 15 minutes from time.
“We should have gotten the points,” said Sean Keogh, ruing two last gasp efforts, including a Cieran Moloney header that came off the woodwork in the final two minutes.
Still, Keogh was pleased enough with the outcome, saying: “It’s a good start to the new season.”
Shamrock, who were relegated from Division One at the end of the last season but opted to regroup in Metro Div. 2 instead of playing in the Second Division, were far from full strength. Several players were missing because of the Gaelic final between Tyrone and Kerry.

CELTIC BLANKED
Manhattan Celtic’s early woes in the Second Division continued as they fell 3-0 to Banatul at the Metropolitan Oval.
Vidu Cusu (10th) and Ardi Barbu (55th) were among the Bantul scorers in the match that saw both sides finish with 10 players.
“Like last week, we had our chances but never took them,” lamented Celtic’s Ian Woodcock, whose men had lost 1-0 to CPR “White” seven days earlier.
Chris Moser had the best opportunity this time, a 70th minute penalty that was stopped by the Banatul goalie.
Banatul coach and VP John Lotrijan expressed sympathy for Celtic’s plight. “They only had one team for both games,” he said, counting the 15 or so Celtic players that turned up at the Oval.
Lotrijan, who’s 54, played all 90 minutes for the Banatul reserves in a 6-0 loss.
David Linn, Winston McKoy (two), Ed McPherson, Roman Kahlinin and Alum Davies tallied for the Celtic second XI.

BHOYS ROUTED
A Conor Hunter penalty in the waning minutes was all Lansdowne Bhoys good muster in a torrid floodlit encounter with First Division giants Pancyprian Freedoms at St. John’s University on Sunday night.
Lansdowne were routed 7-1 after trailing 5-0 at the break on Julio DeSantos’ double (16th, 22nd) and goals apiece by 20 year-old Taso Polydekis (12th), Simone (30th), and Nick Christopher (40th).
The deadly DeSantos added another brace in the second half (70th, 77th) before Hunter got the Bronx Irish on the scoreboard from the spot.
“They’re awesome. That’s a serious outfit,” raved Paul Doherty, Lansdowne’s coach.
Doherty also had some praise for his lads, lauding their second half effort. He was upbeat that the club’s fortunes would change after back-to-back defeats in the early going.
Lansdowne’s reserves suffered a 4-0 drubbing.

WATKINS’ DOUBLE
Brendan Watkins scored once in each half (20th, 70th) to lift ASA McCarthy past Clarkstown 2-1 in a Metro Div. 1 match at Wards Island.
“It’s a good way to kick off after last week,” said John Cassidy.
He was referring to McCarthy’s season opener against Ukrainians, which they forfeited after arriving at the ground without their players’ passes.

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