The Astoria Gaels continued their unbeaten run last Sunday, traveling to Connecticut and coming away with a 3-3 draw against F.C. Chile.
The game started at a hectic pace and the Gaels were rewarded on the 12th minute when a low corner kick drive from Man of the Match Vivian White found the back of the net. On the 25th minute F.C. Chile equalized with a good move down the left wing.
Astoria Gaels showed determination by taking the lead 5 minutes later with a spectacular Martin O’Reilly free kick to the top corner of the opposition’s net. Confidence was high in the Gaels camp and they capitalized with a great through ball from Derek McKenna that released Mickey Sweeney for a one-on-one with the Chile keeper that Sweeney coolly converted.
F.C. Chile didn’t lose composure and on the stroke of halftime were given a penalty to bring them within one goal.
The second half showed great commitment from both sides, with quality football being played and both defenses standing solid.
An excellent 75th minute lob by Chile leveled the game and both teams shared the spoils.
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Other good performances for Astoria came from Joe Harris, John Beirne, Gerry Carty and Mickey Sweeney.
Emeralds 5, Pamir 2
If John Dillon hadn’t missed several good chances in the second half, The New Jersey Emeralds’ victory would have been even more lopsided.
The Emeralds opened the scoring after 15 minutes though Bob Tuccillo, who was at the back post to knock in the rebound of the crossbar to make the score 1-0. Pamir evened the score 10 minutes later when a ball played though the Emeralds defense was latched onto by the Pamir striker who ran on to knock the ball past Bill McQuillen 10 minutes before halftime. The Emeralds’ second goal came when Tuccillo chipped the ball in to the box, where Dillon volleyed home for 10 yards out.
The winners increased their lead after the break with goals from Carl Brody, Dillon and Matt Moralis.
The Emeralds lined out with Bill McQuillen, Dave Fasola, John Gallagher, Michael Mahony, Greg Doerr, Rob Tuccillo, Locklan McEvoy, Carl Brody, Charles Anastos, Matt Morales and Jeff Hurm, with subs John Dillon, Richard Cullen and Bobby Soehl.
Emeralds Over 30s lose
Despite giving a gritty performance, the Emeralds over 30s ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 defeat at Wayne on Sunday morning. In their first real attack, the visitors took the lead as Paul Halligan collected a long ball and, showing good composure, found the corner of the net.
Sportsfriends stepped up the pressure, scoring in the 35th minute on a header from Phillip Diffley. The same player scored again in the 44th minute with a shot from 12 yards it gave the home side a deserved halftime lead.
The Emeralds livened up after the break and went close with good efforts from Brendan O’Byrne and Damien Devlin, but Sportsfriends prevailed
Bronx Irish Soccer League
Fiona’s ensured that they will top the Bronx Irish Soccer league standings when they defeated the Parlour Moms through second-half goals from Ger Mahon and Marie Curran.
A 2-2 draw with the Lansdowne B was sufficient to ensure a playoff berth for an Beal Bocht. The Lansdowne went 1-0 up in the first half from a well worked free which Chris Many finished but an Beal Bocht took the lead right after the break through goals from Monique Eduardo and Mary McEvoy. A number of chances were then squandered by An Beal Bocht as they tried to add to their tally and were caught on the counter attack by Chris Many with time running out.
The Southbend kept themselves in playoff contention by defeating Gilligan’s, 2-0. Alison Lineen made the trip from goal to convert a penalty while Kathy McKenna got the second.
An exciting final round of league games is in prospect with four teams in contention for the two remaining playoff spots. The Southbend and the Lansdowne A are tied on 12 points. They face off on Saturday and a draw will see both teams through. However, a loss will see the losing team vulnerable as the Starting Gate Harps and the Lansdowne B are poised on 9 points and a win for these teams on Saturday gives the possibility of a three-way tie.
Saturday’s fixtures are Harp’s vs. Gilligans and Lansdowne B vs. Fiona’s at 11:30 a.m., while at 1 p.m., O’Malley’s play Parlour Moms and Lansdowne A face The Southbend.
The Ninth Annual Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Yonkers Raceway with music by Homeward Bound. For information call Trish Gleeson (914) 376-9814 or Noel Kenny (914) 693-9866.