FALLS IN EXTRA TIME AT NY MUNDIAL TOURNAMENT
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 DEFEATS TURKISH AMERICAN 6-0
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.
SALAMINA STORMS BY KEARNY 4-1
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.
REDS SETTLE FOR A DRAW VERSUS WHITE EAGLES
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
"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
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.
REDS DROP A CLOSE OPENER 3-2 TO POLONIA CENTRUM
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