St. Barnabas play their final league game of the season tonight May 16 against New York Athletic club. A win for St. Barnabas would ensure that fellow title contenders N.Y. Croatia would have to win their remaining four games to snatch the Cosmopolitan Div. I title from St. Barnabas’ grasp.
As always, it is expected that NYAC will provide stiff opposition as their own title aspirations depend on a victory against Barnabas and wins in their remaining games. With so much at stake, an enthralling battle is expected. St. Barnabas have been awaiting this final fixture for some three weeks and know that a victory could almost ensure them of the coveted Div. I title. The game will be played at St. Johns University in Queens. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. The reserve game will start at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the St. Barnabas third team ended their season on a down note with a 2-1 defeat against the Astoria Gaels at the weekend. The defeat grounded the Saints’ title hopes as they finished second in the league. Barnabas showed their usual fight from the word go as Tadgh Cosgrove hit the post in the opening minutes of the game. Kenny Kavanagh also came close to giving Barnabas the lead when his header was directed right at the Gaels goalkeeper. However, the saints found themselves down a goal when one of Astoria’s counterattacks ended up in the back of the net. The Gaels added a second before the break when a cross from the right fooled goalkeeper Paul Curtis who could only watch in disbelief as the ball sailed over his head and into the goal.
The Saints continued their courageous play in the second half. However, their day was summed up when Johnny Chester’s penalty kick was stopped by Astoria’s keeper. Danny O’Connell managed to pull one back in the dying minutes but it was not enough to rescue the saints. Other strong performers were Phil Kelly, John Egan and Tadgh Donegan.