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CSL Roundup St. Barnabas, Shamrocks play to scoreless draw

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Jay Mwamba

St. Barnabas and Shamrock ground out a goalless tie in their Cosmopolitan Soccer League First Division clash at SUNY-Purchase on Sunday.

But Shamrock’s second team eked out a 2-1 decision in the reserve encounter on goals by Paul Rogan and John Guildea. Michael Flood connected for the Saints from the penalty spot.

The tussle between the senior sides was a hard fought contest, described by St. Barnabas’ Aidan Dennis as "a typical Irish affair."

"It was a hard game but fair," said Dennis, whose side finished with 10 men after the ejection of forward Simon Cahill midway through the second half for a second bookable offense.

Said Guildea, Shamrock’s assistant coach: "A pretty exciting nil-nil draw. They had [most of the] play but we had the better chances."

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One of Shamrock’s scoring opportunities came in the 30th minute when Auston Walsh’s header was palmed against the crossbar by the Saints’ goalie.

St. Barnabas, on the other hand, stepped it up a notch after Cahill’s dismissal. During a spell of pressure, Anto McKeon’s cross found David Fitzgerald, who rattled the woodwork.

Then late in the game, Shamrock’s Tim Cummins centered to Billy Henderson whose six-yard shot was blocked and fell to Red Pena. The latter, however, blasted wide from point-blank range.

"Overall, a draw was the fair result," Guildea summed up.

It was also a boast of sorts for Shamrock (1-3-2, 5pts), who are now two places from the bottom. St. Barnabas (4-2-2, 14pts) moved into fourth place, seven points off the pace, with a game in hand to leaders New York Albanians.

Shamrock’s third team also battled to a 0-0 tie with Barnstonworth Rovers in a Metro Div. I fixture at Roosevelt Island.

Rare victory

Paul Doherty (two) and Sean "The Legend" Hall were on song at Palisades Interstate Park where Lansdowne Bhoys posted a rare victory, 3-1 at the expense of United Bulgaria. Tarik Sadal was the Bulgaria scorer.

Lansdowne assistant coach Ryan McCallan singled out goalie Emelyn "Maco" McCleer for his performance in the Metro Div. II fixture.

Fiona’s crushed

Metro Div. I leaders Jersey City thrashed Fiona’s FC 6-1 at Ferris High

School in Jersey City. Steve Warll (40th) got Fiona’s face-saver.

NYAC on track

Veteran Matt Roberti (80th) struck late to lift third-placed league champions New York Athletic Club past Fairfield/Westchester United 1-0 at

Travers Island.

NYAC’s reserves won 2-0.

"Their goalie ought to be man of the match. He made several good saves," Ronan Downs, NYAC’s coach, noted.

Rocky stars

Rocky Bojovic’s brace (30th, 66th) in a 2-1 win over Koha kept Albanians (21) one point ahead of Pancyprian Freedoms at the top of Div. I.

For Koha, who hit back through Fatos Selimi (89th), the defeat added insult to injury after defense kingpin was rushed to hospital with a broken knee, just moments after key striker Qazim Hakramaj was also hurt.

"Nothing went well for us," moaned Koha boss Omer Hakramaj, whose reserves were trounced 6-1.

Pancyprian knocked off bottom club CD Iberia 2-0 at Downing Stadium, courtesy of Nikolas Paraskevopoulos (2nd) and Lefteris Michaelides (39th) who claimed the final touch to what Iberia coach Raf’l SanMartin termed an own goal.

"We had our chances. It’s the usual story," SanMartin remarked.Pancyprian took the reserve fixture 2-0.

Also in the First Division, Banatul beat Polonia 2-0 at Cantiague Park for their second victory of the season. Roger Taylor (15th) and Mark Mihelic (35th) scored.

Kickers bolstered

Defender John Bolster came up big for Manhattan Kickers at Commodore Barry Field, hauling the Second Division (East) leaders out of a 2-0 hole against New York Wanderers with a goal and an assist. The match finished 2-all.

After Kenyan Miriti Murungi (34th) and former South African youth international Clint Groom (41st) had shot Wanderers ahead, Bolster converted a penalty (43rd), then provided the cross from which Englishman Joe Whiteman (63rd) scored.

"We had trouble building up and scoring," Mike Fitzgerald, who preserved Kickers’ hard-earned point with some late heroics between the posts, said.

Kickers reserves prevailed 3-0.

Hot-shot Giles

Guyana Juniors joined Kickers on the 20-point mark, albeit with an inferior goal difference, after a 2-1 result over Nag’s Head United on Chris Giles’s brace.

All the goals came in a five-minute burst in the second half, Giles sandwiching both strikes (65th, 70th) between Seamus Devitt’s equalizer for Nag’s. The Guyana reserves won 4-2.

Double strike

At Roosevelt Island, Hansie Mendoza scored in the S.C. Eintracht reserves’ 2-0 victory over Barnstonworth Rovers, then struck again for the Eintracht first team in its 1-1 tie.

Shin Furutate (70th) earned FC Japan a point from a 1-all draw with 10-man Ukrainian at Randalls Island. Youla Fode (15th) scored for the visitors, whose powerful reserve side was held to a 3-3 tie.

Dinamo climb

New York Dinamo took advantage of the postponement of the top-of-the-table clash between Ridgewood (19) and Ripensia-Romania in Div. II (West) to climb into second position (18) with a 5-3 drubbing of BW Poughkeepsie at the Germania Ground.

Murem Ibrahimov (20th, 35th), Victor Curanovic (40th, 60th) and Marcelo Sanchez (73rd) tallied. Kevin Longacre (two) and Marcos Dimitri were the Poughkeepsie marksmen.

French connection

Central Park Rangers’ French connection, Yann Varin (two) and Ray Licata, kept the club in contention in the West by scoring in the 3-0 romp over Homenetmen. Rangers (16), whose reserves won by the same margin, are third.

Hat trick aces

Clarkstown’s Danny McNulty and Eric Coaillie both record hat tricks in their

side’s 7-0 annihilation of Bergen Kickers at the Overpeck County Park. Tom Conlee was the other Clarkstown scorer.

Metro Division

Greg McLaughlin’s 43rd minute penalty gave Central Park Rangers a 1-0 decision over CD Iberia at Randalls. Later at Randalls, BW Gottschee and Krimean Turkish played out a 0-0 tie.

Paul Wasserman was on the mark in ASA McCarthy’s 1-0 win over Brooklyn Thunder at Red Hook, while Chile FC pasted Brooklyn Stars 7-3.

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