Winning Weekend - 9/31 Kickers Game Recaps

First Team

The Kickers first team game was essentially over before it started, as Panatha USA fielded the same 11 players in the first team game that battled for 90 minutes against the reserves. With little effort, the Kickers pushed forward against a surprisingly effective offside trap for almost the entirety of the game. However, an early PK and a low cross slotted home, both by Albi Rexha (MVP), put the Kickers ahead 2-0 within 15 minutes. Despite some sloppy and lazy play, the Kickers managed to score 5 or 6 more goals before a red card to a Panatha USA defender deflated what little enthusiasm remained in the game, and the ref called it early. Alas, 3 points is 3 points.

Second Team

The Kickers continued their winning streak with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Panathanaikos. The Astoria based club brought a level of violence that probably wasn't warranted, with many cards being shown. Mathias making his first appearance of the season, put one of the many free kicks narrowly wide after Danny Challita was elbowed in the head. Despite the opposition's physicality, the Kickers dominated possession for much of the first half and generated plenty of chances that they were unable to convert. Jared Lichtarge even struck the crossbar after some good interplay.

The second half began with momentum shifting to the opposition, with a short, rare period of possession. However, the Kickers weathered the storm, and began dictating tempo again. As the game went on, it also became more chippy, and the Kickers drew a foul late at the corner of the box. Mathias once again stood over the free kick, delivering a ball to the far post where it was headed back into the mix by Lukas Seebacher for defender Ronan Waks to head into the net. This, as well as an impeccable performance at the back earned Ronan MVP tag for the week.

The Kickers saw out the game professionally, generating few chances in the waning moments of the game before the ref blew the final whistle to confirm their victory.

Over-30 Premier

The Kickers Over-30 Premier secured a 2-0 victory today over CP Greys. Both teams had chances but failed to score in the first half. In the 50th minute, some nice build up by the Kickers lead to Seamus Kelly tapping home for the go-ahead goal. After a flurry of chances by both sides, Khouri Mulling found Seamus Kelly (MVP) again to put the match out of reach. The defense played well down the stretch, and some fortunate point blank shot saves by FitzGerald (along with some luck of the woodwork), delivered the victory.

Over-30 Legends

With a bare-bones squad of 11, greatly abetted by the eventual arrival of Kevin, Kickers Legends ground out a 2-0 win against a resilient SC Eintracht. Despite playing most of the game in the Eintracht half, SC Eintracht actually had greater possession of the ball, though were not able to generate much forward momentum with it. Kicker Legends had much more penetration when it did have the ball, but finishing was poor, and both sides went to the break with nothing to show for their efforts. Second half continued in the same vein, though Kickers had more possession and much of the game was played in the Eintracht third of the field. Christian finally broke down the Eintracht resistance with a cracker of a shot inside the right of the keeper. And Kevin secured the win with a well-placed run to tap in from generous Joe who was one on one with the keeper.