The first team took care of NYPD 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Grand Street. Brian Morris put the Kickers up 1-0 on a shot that bounced back off the post. NYPD would equalize 1-1, but the Kickers maintained possession of the ball and created too many scoring chances not to win this one handily. Bryan Baracaldo put the Kickers up 2-1 on a no-angle shot from the end line, Brian Morris added and second goal and Alex Torres finished off the final goal to put the game out of reach.
Tough day for the Manhattan Kickers reserve team as they fell 4-1 to NYPD. Outplayed in the opening 15 minutes, the Kickers quickly fell behind 2-0 before giving up another before the half. Periods of possession yielded little going forward for the Kickers as turnovers led to fast breaks for the NYPD who were quick and decisive in possession. The game proved a teaching lesson as to what it takes for the young Kicker team to compete at the top of the table. The Kickers Reserves now focus their attention to the round of 16 of the state cup.
After a slow start, the Kickers O-30 Premier focused on the task at hand and produced the 4-nil victory over Hoboken F.C.
The 25th minute substitution of Alex Petrovic delivered immediate dividends. Alex took the ball down the right side and went straight at the defense, then beat the GK low to the far post. The Kickers had several more opportunities, that did not lead to much, Hoboken lacked any real threats expect for a few dead-ball opportunities and corners. The Kickers would make it 2-nil just before half-time, when Khouri Mullings sliced up the defense and slotted one near post to beat the Keeper.
In the second half, the Kickers looked to play possession in the tight quarters of the otherwise smallish (Sinatra) pitch. Hoboken was able to jump on a few loose balls in the midfield but lacked the quality to create any real threat. In the 60th minute, Alex Petrovic (honorable mention) found Khouri Mullings (MVP) for the easy slot into the back of the net. Ten minutes later, Russ Osur found Stu Kaiser for the header on the 6 yard line to get the defense into the scoring action.
This victory moved the Kickers Premier up the division into 3rd or 4th place depending on how other matches finish today.
Another frustrating tie for the O-30s. We went toe-to-toe with Celtic Legends which had their full squad back, and went ahead via a Cowler penalty around the 10th minute. Celtic would equalize through a header by their difficult to challenge man-mountain of a striker, but Ibrahim would put Kickers ahead again powering straight down the middle on a loose ball. And Randy would put us up 3-1, scoring off a rebound in the box. But the Celtic's dangerous crosses remained a threat and they would equalize just before the second half. It was end to end stuff the entire second half, but Celtic equalized again through a deflected cross. Both teams had chances to win it but it ended in a 3-3 tie. A far improvement over last season's 5-3 loss, but this should have been 3 points instead of 1. We remain in the top half of the table, just within striking range of top 4.