After a flat first half and down 0-2, Salamina turned on the magic in the second half versus the Colombians for the New York Mundial Tournament last Saturday night. Two goals in the last twenty minutes from Marlon McEachnie and Avi Volnerman evened the game at 2-2. That's when the atrocious refreeing took over. Team Cyprus turned the momentum on and by a miracle Colombia came out of the relegation period still tied. Cyprus hit the post on the 84' and 88' from a Costa's Sapountzis header and vicious 360 shot from Nikola Dokic.

In extra time the injuries to Daniel Cano and Terence Ahuoa who didn't play at all took their toll. On a counter attack the Colombians got the go ahead goal they needed to advance. It's worth mentioning that Nikola Dokic on a long voley beat the Colombian goalie who was out of position and carried the ball behind the goal line. The linesman conferred with the referee who said play-on claiming the ball didn't cross the goal line but only the goalies feet did. Rony Goncalves was also taken down from behind inside the opponent's box for Cyprus in the 118' but the referee also by then decided not to give the call.

The fans that were there gave Team Cyprus an ovation after the game. "We gave it all we had considering we were using 2 forwards and two midfielders in the back line" commented Coach Andrew Parperides after the game. "But we also proved that we can play with the best teams in New York.

It is a great honor for us to represent Cyprus in the Continent of North America. We're very proud of that." Cyprus made it to the final "8" and displayed a quality brand of Soccer. LINE-UP: Mellis, Cano,(Adikimenakis 46'), Gelardi,Goncalves, Berenzon, Sapountzis, Volnerman, Dokic, McEachnie, (Katira 110'),Bojbasha.



NY Salamina in a game of great interest defeated Turkish American Soccer Club by the score of 6-0 last Sunday at Cleveland High School in Ridgewood Queens. Salamina coming off a great win versus Kearny the Sunday before was determined to continue its winning streak against the Turkish side of TASC. The Reds started pressing for the early goal that came on the 14' from Nikola Dokic as he sliced through the left side of the Turkish defense , he finished with a strong shot to give Salamina a 1-0 lead. On the 23' a cross from Peter Antoniades was headed into the net by Rony Goncalves to make the score 2-0. That was Rony's first goal of the season. Kenny Dyer with a rocket from outside the box gave Salamina a 3-0 advantage at the 33'. Peter Antoniades just before halftime connected for the Reds after a deep throw-in from Mark Boibasa. With a 4-0 advantage Salamina never looked back and created more opportunities in the second half. Nikola Dokic hit the post on the 58' after a well taken cross from Harry Triana. On the 72' Nigerian newcomer Odare Odunaike caught the Turkish goalie off guard and lifted the ball into the net making 5-0 for Salamina. On the 82' Odunaike struck again after a good feed from Roberto Oporto capping the 6-0 triumph for New York Salamina over Turkish American Soccer Club. "This has to be one of the biggest victories in the History of our Soccer Club" commented President Andrew Parperides. "We were determined from the beginnning to go after the three points. A well deserved effort from all." Marco Santana returned after a six week absence from a foot stress fracture. The Peruvian wingback played 45 minutes in the second half and looks like he's back on track. Kenny Dyer had perhaps his best game in the New York uniform. The former Salamina Famagusta midfielder had a goal and an assist and was always first on the ball. Salamina with Sunday's victory is now tied in 5th Place in the CLS Standings with Polonia Centrum with 10 points.Nikola Dokic after 8 games is the leading scorer of the Champions League with 8 goals. LINE-UP: Cabanas, Antoniades, Sokoli, Tsividakis, Triana, (Odare 71'), Salinas, (Santana 46'), Boibasa, Thomas, (Omar 71'), Goncalves, (Oporto 76'), Dokic, Dyer.


The Reds visited the Kearny Scots at Gunnell Oval Stadium last Sunday night. The chilly drizzly conditions did not stop a determined New York Salamina Team that showed up to play from the first to the last minute. Nikola Dokic was taken down early in the game and was given a penalty. The Kearny goalie made the save on the kick and kept the score at 0-0. Kearny took the lead thereafter with a close shot from inside the box. The Reds fought back after a Kenny Dyer low cross found Nikola Dokic to tie the game on a good finish at the 26'. On the 33' Carlos Salinas from a similar position from the right side made the decisive cross to Harry Triana who gave the lead to the Reds to stay. Nikola Dokic from a direct kick at the 38' found a hole through the Scottish wall and ripped a thunderous shot that found the back of the net ending halftime at 3-1. The second half found the Scottish team pressing for the goal that would get them back in the game but it never materialized. Salamina on a counterattack from Peter Antoniades shot sealed the victory. Peter's shot was deflected on a save back to Odare who on the rebound slammed the ball in the net and capped the 4-1 away victory for the Red and White. LINE-UP: Cabanas, Antoniades, Tsividakis, Triana, (Omar 78'), Salinas, (Odare 70'), Sokoli, Boibasha, Dokic, Goncalves, Dyer, Thomas.


The Reds literally let three points slip through their fingers last Friday night at L.I.C High School. With the score 1-0 in favor N.Y. Salamina just five minutes before full time the mistake came to allow the White Eagles to tie the game. A free kick from the right side from 30 yards away took a vicious curve and went through the hands of Reds' goalie Vuksan Djoldevic.
NY Salamina had the better chances throughout the game. On the 29', a direct free kick from Alex Simoncic hit the post. On the 36' Rony Goncalves dribbled around the opposing goalie and with an open net from five yards he shot the ball wide.
On the 77' minute Nikola Dokic lifted the Reds ahead from a close shot for a 1-0 lead. It was very short lived though. The game ended in a 1-1 Draw.
"We deserved to win the game tonight" commented Manager Andrew Parperides. We didn't convert on the early opportunities. When you keep an opponent in the game, you give them a new life. And that's what we did. The White Eagles are an experienced Club that lifted the League Cup last year in the Champions League. Overall our defense played well but we do need help in the midfield and on top. Too many missed chances."
LINE-UP: Djoljevic, Tsividakis, Thomas, Bojabasha, Baker, (Dare 32'), Triana, (Oporto 87'), Reda, (Afrim 62'), Dokic, Goncalves, Dyer, Simoncic.
The Reds host Sporting Astoria on Wednesday in a friendly at L.I.C. Forward Peter Antoniades is expected to return next week after a long absence from an injured ankle.
The Reds are at home this Friday night October 19th at L.I.C. in a Champions League match versus KAPPA REAL WYCKOFF. Kick off is at 8:30 P.M.


The Champions League is the real thing! NY Salamina fought like the Salamina we know. The Reds jumped into a 1-0 halftime lead after Alex Simoncic converted on a rebound from a shot that was saved by Polonia's goalie at the 35'.
The second half started with defensive lapses and ended with defensive lapses. Polonia after a header from a free kick that beat Vuksan Djoljevic tied the score 1-1. The Polish American Team went ahead on the 63' with a close tough angle shot on target from inside the box. The Reds came back and answered from Nikola Dokic on the 72'. The tall striker beat the last defender one on one and then vollied the ball into the upper right corner of the net.
Rony Goncalves had the chance to be the hero on the 85' minute. A ball that found Rony onside gave the chance to the Reds to come on top. Rony opted not to shoot . He dribbled wide left of the goalie and attempted to cross the ball to the middle. The pass was intercepted by a very fast Polish Team. On the same play Polonia counter attacked and caught the Reds defense offguard. On the same play Salamina should have won the game.
Instead the Reds allowed the third goal and dropped the opener.
"We're looking to have a good scrimmage on Wednesday and re-group for next Saturday's game versus Vistula" commented Manager Andrew Parperides. "Marco Santana's injury was crucial early in the game. We need to focus more on the positives and make the necessary changes along the way."
The extent of Marco's injury is not quite yet known. We all wish him a speedy recovery.

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