The Kickers first team started the Spring season on the right foot with a 4-1 win over Beyond FC, scoring 3 second half goals after going down to 10 men. The Kickers' first goal was scored by James Z. on a curling near post free kick aided by the gusty wind. Beyond FC responded just before halftime on a nice cross and unmarked header goal. Early in the second half, the Kickers were unfortunate to lose a player after his second yellow card, even though there were clumsy tackles happening all over the field. Fortunately, the added pressure of playing down a man forced the Kickers to stay organized, play simply through the midfield, and create better chances in the box than they did playing 11 on 11. Brian Morris slotted home the go-ahead goal after bringing down a looping through ball from Lucas Shanks. Hashim scored the next goal to give the Kickers breathing room on a long cross that whipped over the keeper's hands. Senan sealed the game with a dicing run from the right side, lacing a shot into the opposite side netting. The Kickers spent the last 10 minutes holding possession as Beyond FC ran out of enthusiasm.
The Second Team condemned Beyond FC to be tied for bottom while maintaining their 2 point lead at the top of the table. What could have been a frustrating first half turned a little sweeter when Danny Challita 30 yards from goal collected a pass from Antonio Ruiz and ding'ed it against the upright and in. One of the themes of the game was consistently spurning chances off of crosses and corners, but Tommy Herlihy showed the proper form of a header when he rose highest for a cross and powered a header past the hapless goalie. Danny Challita collected his second on a one on one after a through ball by Antonio Ruiz. Further goals were scored by Lukas Seebacher off of a header, and then Antonio switched goal scorer to provider off of a counter attack started by a beautiful pass out of pressure by Tommy Herlihy and a lung busting full field sprint by Antonio. Final score 5-0.
From club president Mike Fitzgerald:
“When I got home from today's match at East 6th Street, I watched the EPL, La Liga and an MLS match to help cleanse myself of our most forgettable performance of the season. At some point, a reporter asked one of the managers ‘What happened on that goal?’ and he said (paraphrasing his Spanish), ‘We did not take care of the ball and gave it away to the opposition, I count that one as an own goal.’ By that measure, we had five own goals today. Take nothing away from Between Two Rivers (a very good and deserving squad), they had the build up to bring the ball into our penalty area. But due to our lack of intensity and our general carelessness, we let this one slip away. The only bright spot was a Seamus Kelly goal (assist by Nick Bill) in the 85th minute. We had a number of opportunities, including a Seamus ping off the corner post, but it was way too little too late.”
The Over-30 Legends did not have a game but did have a spirited training in the Lower East Side followed by brunch.