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Germania advances 3-1 over defending State Champs Shamrock
Germania advanced this past Sunday to the finals of the O-30 Marth Cup for the first time since back to back titles in 2011-12. The Visitors got on the board first but were quickly answered by Germania’s Conor Lander off a beautiful strike from distance into the upper 90 less than 5 minutes later. An even and entertaining first half saw the teams deadlocked at 1 goal apiece. After the half-time whistle Germania carried most of the play until a counter attack led to a Shamrock penalty. Germania GK Pat Brown however made an outstanding dive to his left and saved a well struck PK from Shamrocks leading scorer. After the huge momentum swing Germania’s Kyle Flynn found the back of the net off a well struck corner from Captain Matt Viggiano. Minutes later Germania would add to their lead off some good build up play that saw Rob Esposito make a tidy finish. The defending champs responded with a mighty push back as the close neared with several corners in the last 10 minutes of play. Germania’s defense proved resolute and the game ended 3-1. Germania will face the winner of NYGA and NY Polet in the final June 4th.
Appearing: Standing Keith Detelj, Connor Lander, Adam Rosen, Keith Fowler, Kyle Flynn, Rob Esposito. KneelingJulian Austin, Pat Brown,, Coach Matt Viggiano, John Palumbo, Will Bussert, Dimitri Markou.
Picture is a courtesy of John Palumbo
THIS WEEK AT OVER 30
There was ONLY one game played during our second half of the season opener.
A very exiting game of soccer was played especially in the first half where both teams were evenly matched!
“As reported to me by Gabe Tricarico, LaGrange team’s coach/manager” said League Chairman John Palumbo
Second half with a slight edge for Germania where they won the game
LaGrange 2 Germania 3
“Exciting opener for both teams. We showed some great resolve after going down a goal with 10 minutes to play.
Scored 2 in the last 6 minutes to come out victorious” said Coach Matt Viggiano from Germania
Mahopac FC Home Field, Mahopac, NY – September 7, 2014
Despite what the score suggests, Lagrange United and coach Andrew Deegan, at times really tested the resolve of Mahopac FC team and their coach Pat Gallagan.
With crisp and accurate passing Lagrange United controlled the ball early on in the first period and pressed the attack creating a number of opportunities inside the Mahopac FC penalty area. Outstanding defense especially by Mahopac FC defenders Mike Chitu, Conor Healy and Mahopac FC goalkeeper Steve Garcia prevented them from scoring.
Mahopac FC midfield then started moving the ball up field more effectively and after 15 minutes of intense play, Mahopac FC striker Tom “Tommie” Rosney sparked his team by scoring the first goal off a solid right-footed shot from just outside the Lagrange penalty area. At the 30 minutes mark, Mahopac FC’s striker Shefquet “Shultz” Kabashi skillfully and accurately placed a slow moving ball into the Lagrange United goal, from within the penalty area.
When the second half started, Mahopac FC appeared to be dominating play. Lagrange United midfield then tried a new tactic…chipping the ball over Mahopac FC defenders, creating opportunities for their speedy strikers to beat defenders to the ball. At 60 minutes, the Mahopac FC goalkeeper mishandled a high, hard hit chip and it sailed past him, giving Lagrange United a goal. Ten minutes later, Mahopac FC midfield tried the same tactic against Lagrange United defenders. Mahopac FC’s Jason Scozzafava raced the Lagrange United goalkeeper to a chipped ball, beat him and deftly kicked a ball from 30 yards out into the upper left corner of the goal. The game ended with no further goals being scored.
Mahopac FC co-coach Mark Dolan is looking for a few more players to fill their 2014-2015 roster. Mahopac FC takes on Somers and coach Mario Corrado, another home game, at 9:00 am Sunday September 14, 2014.
Well a very successful season is over. Congratulations to Poughkeepsie for winning the A division over a very good Yorktown team. In the B division Washingtonville dominated and won their first ever league championship. Mahopac will be joining them next season in their journey to the A division. LaGrange and Hudson Valley will be competing in the B division next season hoping for an opportunity to return to the A division. It won’t be easy as the B division has some excellent teams too. Have a great summer! We suggest that you solidify your teams over the next month to see exactly which players will be coming back for next season. This summer should be used as a time to recruit some good players who are reliable and will be there every Sunday. Do not hesitate as competition in the O30 divisions is becoming tougher with each successive season! Please watch your e-mails for the date of the Annual General Meeting. It is normally held about the second week in August at Papa John’s. This meeting is MANDATORY so that we know how many teams will be back and whether we can be accepting new applicants.
Rudy and John