This week in the LISFL saw a renewal of the Commissioner’s Cup game between the FDNY and NYPD soccer teams. It was the first time the game had been played in two years and this time the setting was Yankee Stadium following the match between New York City FC and Columbus Crew.
Moments after the game began, the NYPD stormed through the FDNY’s defense to take an early 1-0 lead. The FDNY regrouped and responded quickly with a goal of their own by Eric Horrigan to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams battled hard throughout the rest of the first half, but the score remained 1-1 at half-time.
Soon after the break, the NYPD went ahead 2-1, but once again the FDNY responded quickly with a goal by Cesar Cequeira to tie the game at 2-2. With 10 minutes left in the game, the NYPD were able to take the lead again and leave the FDNY with a big battle on their hands. The FDNY applied a lot of pressure and created some good chances, but when the final whistle blew, the NYPD came out on top by a score of 3-2.
Both teams took some moments together following the game to congratulate each other and pose for pictures with the iconic Yankee Stadium serving as the backdrop. The NYPD played the game in pink jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Marking the seventh meeting between the two sides, this was the first time that the Yankee Stadium hosted the prestigious match, which is contested annually to raise money and awareness of the team’s respective charities.
The NYPD, who play in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, were raising awareness for the NYPD: Widow’s & Children’s Funds, which provides aid and assistance to widows, widowers and eligible dependents of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, the FDNY, who take part in the Long Island Soccer Football League as the College Point Flames, hoped to use the match to spread awareness of The Sergio Villanueva Soccer Foundation, which was set up to recognize Sergio Villanueva, the FDNY Soccer team’s no.10 and central midfielder.
Villanueva passed away during the September 11 terror attacks and the charity serves as a way to educate the community on the tragedy and recognizes the hard work of the all those who lost their lives that day
Through the foundation, the FDNY soccer team has set up youth soccer clinics globally for more than 3,000 children. Locations include Hempstead, NY; Exeter City, UK; Baumholder, Germany; Rome, Italy; and others.
It was a busy week in the LISFL as the rest of the teams began League Cup play. The initial rounds of the League Cups are contested in the early part of the season, with the finals being held annually on the second Sunday in June.
McKim Cup – Division 1
Andrew LoManto opened the scoring in the game between Forest Park and Glen Cove Avellino with 2 goals to give Forest Park a 2-0 lead. Miguel Martinez pulled one back for Glen Cove before half-time to make it 2-1. In the second half, Tyler de la Torre scored twice, while Jovani Ramos and Scott Embrey added goals for Glen Cove to give them a 5-2 win and a place in the quarter-finals.
New York Polet will be their opponent in the quarterfinals as Polet were able to advance on a 3-2 win over Real New York FC. Misin Shala, Thomas Garcia, and Nicholas Bell were the goalscorers for Polet. Omar Crowl and Jevaughn Waugh tallied for Real New York.
Two goals from Mario Olaya were enough for East Hampton to pick-up a road win over New York Serbia and a place in the semi-finals against Port Jefferson SC.
Head Coach Alex Matovic from Serbia gave the following account of the game, “In the game between Serbia vs East Hampton, East Hampton got the scoring started in the 15 min mark with a cross into the box and a volley in the corner. Serbia attacked and on a free kick by Milan Terzic swung into the box was headed in the upper 90 by Java Harrison and that’s how the first half came to an end. Second half was back and forth action with great chances for both teams and with 5 mins left, East Hampton took a shot from just outside the box and it found the upper corner and East Hampton won the game 2-1! Great game for both teams.”
A last minute goal by Momodou Sawaneh along with a penalty kick converted by Ben Levy were enough to give New York Irish Rovers a 2-1 win over Kew Forest FC. Jimmy Barrios was the goalscorer for Kew Forest. With the win, Rovers advance to the semi-finals where they’ll face the winner of the Glen Cove vs New York Polet game.
Hertwig Cup – Division 1 Reserves
Ruben Crespo and Rolando Martinez each scored a goal to give Forest Park a 2-1 win over Port Jefferson SC. Jacob Garcia was the goalscorer for Port Jefferson.
With the win, Forest Park advance to the semi-finals where they’ll face New York Irish Rovers who defeated East Hampton FC 1-0. Alexis Perez was the goalscorer for Rovers.
Goals from Guillermo Rios, Anderson Osorio, and Daniel Vojvodic gave New York Polet a 3-1 win over Real New York FC. Colin Martin Jr. was the goalscorer for Real New York.
With the win, Polet advance to the quarter-finals, where they’ll face Kew Forest FC who defeated New York Serbia 3-1. Juan Murillo had 2 goals and Fernando Filizzola added one for Kew Forest.
Head Coach Alex Matovic from Serbia gave the following account of the game, “It was a cold and windy day when this game started and with the wind on their backs Kew Forest took advantage taking shots from outside the box testing Serbia’s keeper. Finally, around the 30 minute mark Kew Forest capitalized with a great shot from 20 yards out and then 5 mins later another shot from Kew Forest bangs off the right post and the first half would end 1-0.
In the second half Serbia came out pressuring to even the game, but a mistake by Serbia’s defense see’s another goal for Kew Forest. 10 mins later Kew Forest would score their third and final goal with a low cross into the box that the keeper and defense had trouble judging.
Serbia would get one goal back with a counter attack and a nice through ball by Omobolanle Olajumoke and a nice finish by Obino Akroyd, but that was all for Serbia as the game finished 3-1! Great game by Kew Forest!”
Glen Cove Head Coach Tony Bolbolian gave this account of the game with Port Jefferson Fusion, “Losing to this team two weeks ago became a game for us to take revenge, and as such with two goals by Emmanuel Gamez we were able to defeat PJF.” With the win, Glen Cove advance to the semi-finals where they’ll play the winner of the Kew Forest vs New York Polet game.
Themann Cup – Division 2
Jean Ade, Fernander Demas, and Kepler Antoine each scored a goal for New York West Indies United to give them a 3-1 over Oyster Bay Park. Ricardo Sarmiento had the consolation goal for Oyster Bay.
With the win, West Indies advance to the quarter-finals where they’ll face Floral Park FC who defeated South Jamaica Portuguese 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw. David Lopez and Robby Russell had the goals for Floral Park, while Bruno Martins scored 2 goals for South Jamaica.
SS Cosma Damiano defeated College Point FSC 3-2 to advance to the semi-finals. James Dukas, Robert Lehman, and Victor Gomez were the goalscorers for Cosma Damiano who’ll face either Oceanside United or the winner of the Mineola Portuguese vs College Point Flames game.
Jourdan Perez scored twice, while Vic Colasacco and Julio Flores each added a goal for Oceanside in their 4-2 win over Leros. Andreas Andreou and John Koutsounadis were the goalscorers for Leros.
Fabio Alves erupted for 5 goals to give Farmingville Portuguese a 5-3 win over Olympiacos New York and a place in the semi-finals where they’ll face the winner of the West Indies vs Floral Park game. Israel Bermudez, Alexandre Scatton, and William Grajales were the goalscorers for Olympiacos.
Edwards Cup – Division 3
Port Jefferson Fusion began the Edwards Cup games with a 2-0 win over South Jamaica Portuguese. Daniel Lazo and Alexander Tsirikonis were the goalscorers for the Fusion.
After a 3-3 draw, Hicksville Americans defeated Asteras GCC 4-1 on penalty kicks. Favio Garay scored twice for Hicksville, while Jason Wong added a goal. Dimitrios Zervas, Andi Loloci, and Georgios Papapostolou were the goalscorers for Asteras.
Reitschlin Cup – Over-30
Jerzy Jankowicz scored twice and Pawel Borek added a goal for Polonez in their 3-2 win over Garden City. Phil Ng and Brandon Finzel were the goalscorers for Garden City.
With the win, Polonez advanced to the quarter-finals where they’ll play New York Hota Bavarians who defeated Lindenhurst 4-2. Marlon Bourne scored 2 goals, while William Corrigan and Matt “the Amazin Jamaisian” Chin added goals for Hota. Mike Hobbs and Dane White were the goalscorers for Lindenhurst.
Glen Cove defeated Port Jefferson 5-3 to advance to the semi-finals. Damion James had a hat-trick, while Samuel Minaya and Allan Maragh also scored for Glen Cove. Chris Herzog, Rich Kulesa, and Stanley LaRouche were the goalscorers for Port Jefferson.
Integral Kings defeated Long Island Gaels VSP by a score of 4-0. Colin Wilson scored twice, while Lawrence Maitland and Ricardo Burke added goals for Integral.
With the win, the Kings advance to face New York Polet in the quarter-finals after Polet defeated Istria 2-1 in the league’s “Croatian Derby”. Tsangaris Charalabos and Alessandro Acquista were the goalscorers for Polet, while Christian Legovich scored for Istria. The winner of the game between Integral and Polet will face Glen Cove in the semi-finals.
Two goals from Noe Canales and 1 from Miguel Ramos weren’t enough for Oceanside United, who lost 4-3 to Baisley United. Jefferson Hinds and Donovan Bernard each scored twice for Baisley, who advanced to the semi-finals and will face the winner of the Hota vs Polonez quarter-final game.
Gillen Cup – Over-40
Oceanside United got a goal from Godswill Emenike, but New York Hota Bavarians had God’s will in the game as they came away with a 4-1 win. Cheiek Tidiani scored 2 goals to give him 16 for the season, while Jose Segovia and Hatim Elsaid each added a goal.
With the win, Hota advanced to the semi-finals where they’ll face Lindenhurst who defeated Oyster Bay Park 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw. Anthony Fassino and C. Dossantos were the goalscorers for Lindenhurst. Julio Marchant and Victor Escobar scored for Oyster Bay.
A hat-trick by Nikolas Dokic was enough to give Olympiacos New York a 3-1 win over Baldwin. With the win, Olympiacos advance to the semi-finals where they’ll face Polonia who defeated Baisley United 3-0 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. Michal Siwec scored for Polonia, and O’Neil Johnson scored for Baisley.
DeLuca Cup – Over-50
A goal by Douglas Bell was all Baisley United needed to win 1-0 over New York Polet / Rudar. The win gives Baisley an early lead in the group stage of the cup.
Polonia defeated Olympiacos New York 2-1 on goals by Wieslaw Halon and Jaroslaw Mieleszko. Mirodis Manaridis had the lone goal for Olympiacos.
There were some recent league games played mid-week in order to keep on schedule before the league goes on winter break in December. New York Irish Rovers and Forest Park played to a 2-2 draw. Ben Levy and Quintel Gates scored the goals for Rovers, while Andrew LoManto and a Rovers own goal provided the Forest Park goals. The reserve game between the clubs ended in a 0-0 draw.
New York Polet defeated Real New York FC 3-1 on goals by Andres Franco, Misin Shala, and Thomas Garcia. The reserves game ended in a 3-3 draw. Robert Filipovic scored twice, while Ivan Vulin scored once for Polet.
Port Jefferson SC defeated Port Jefferson Fusion 10-0 on Sunday. The Fusion had to use most of the players who had played in the Reserves League Cup game against Glen Cove earlier in the day, which made the game a very one-sided affair. Elysee Vilsaint had a hat trick, while Mackie Magoulas scored twice for Port Jefferson. The rest of the goals were scored by Nolan Defour, Sean Dougherty, Dennis Bocanegra, Olando Evans, and an own goal by the Fusion.
Floral Park defeated Leros by a score of 1-0. Kevin Powers scored the goal and Kyle Ray kept the shutout for Floral Park.
Editor’s Note: Article supplied by LISFL.