11/1/2015 Game Recaps

First Team

The first team lost 2-1 to CD Iberia on Randall's Island. The first team created more opportunities but failed to convert early and often enough, and let CD Iberia sneak away with a win on two scrappy breakaway opportunities. The lone goal was scored by Nick Bill, who took a pass from Brian Morris and calmly slotted a shot home into the far corner.

Second Team

Halloween may have been Saturday, but Manhattan Kickers 2nd team attendance was ghastly on Sunday. Lining up with only 10 men from the start, the 2nd team put in an inspired performance all around that yielded a 1-1 score line at the half with the Kickers clearly creating the better chances. Rodney and Denis wreaked havoc on the wings consistently putting the Iberia backline and goalkeeper under pressure. A devastating injury to Gio in the 70th minute clearly swung momentum Iberia's way, as for the final 20 minutes the Kickers were 2 men down. An Iberia goal shortly after the injury and another goal late on as the Kickers were pressing for an equalizer led to an unfortunate 3-1 defeat for the 2nds.

O-30s

Kickers O-30s averted disaster with only 9 players at sign up when Scott and Paul biked up like the calvary just in time for kick-off. Paul opened scoring in 15th minutes, but the classic celebratory lapsing resulted in an immediate equalizer by Nieuw Amsterdam from the restart. Fortunately, Ibrahim gave Kickers the lead again, powering through route one for his second club goal. Then it became the Cowler show as he scored 3 more, before Ibrahim added one, and Scott ended the game with the seventh for a 7-1 win. 

O-30 Premier

The O-30 Premiere offense got on the board big time and the defense did not allow a goal on Sunday.

Russ Osur made an impact early in his first match back with a cross into the penalty area which David Ferriollo pushed onto Gilad Bloom on the back post for the opening score. In the 30th minute Joe Whitman collected a deflection in the penalty area for the second goal. Joe streaked down the left side and hit the cross to his opposite Stu Kaiser for the easy tap-in. Khouri Mullings, not to be left off the score board in the first-half, added to the scoring just before the whistle with a strong solo effort.

The Kickers kept the pressure up and in the 65th minute, Khouri found Gilad, who fond Joe, who found Gilad, who found Khouri for the easy score in a sublime criss-cross scoring opportunity. The final goal went to David Ferriollo with a fine strike to end the 6-0 run.  Oleg was strong between the pipes with 5 saves, but none more important than a nice parry-away on a low shot in the 80th minute. The Kickers could have had more, including a missed a PK in the 70th minute, but the MVP goes to the Defense for holding the opposition off the score board.