First Team // First Team win against NY Ittihad in final game of the season
With one last hooray for this season, First Team looked to get a win against NY Ittihad and maintain their place in the CSL standings. They got off to a great start when Paul Nitto intercepted an aerial back pass and chipped the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 to First Team. Then another mistake at the back by NY Ittihad lead to a steal by Sherief El-Helaifi who squared it for Zachary Kady. With one swift motion from Zach's foot it was 2-0. First Team would carry that lead all the way into half time.
In the second half Sherief El-Helaifi caused havoc again, when he received a through ball on the wing, found some space, and then chipped the goal keeper for 3-0. At this point it was looking more and more like First Team were going to take home all three points. Minds began to wander from grassy football pitches to summer's sandy off season beaches, but there was still work to be done. NY Ittihad came back with a rare sight - an Olimpico, which is a goal scored directly from a corner kick, found it's way into the top corner. Goalkeeper James Mercer had not conceded one for about 20 years. Even Jeremy Rampon, positioned on the line, couldn't keep it out. Still First Team lead 3-1. NY Ittihad made it 3-2 with a close range header. Making it a nerve racking ten minutes for First Team as they watched their lead diminish.
Sherief El-Helaifi would put the game to bed with a fourth goal, his second of the game, by once again receiving a beautiful ball from Filemon Schoffer finding space and firing past the keeper. 4-2, the final score of the game for this season. After the game Sherief El-Helaifi reminded us of how far this team has come this season.
"We had a lot of games where we played better, but I feel like that has improved. We have three wins in three games though. We need to keep that momentum over the summer break and start strong." said El-Helaifi.
"We lost a lot of games that we should have tied or won and we conceded a lot of late goals, but we've changed our habits. We can now see out the games that we should win. As a club we have definately moved forward." said James Mercer
First Team finished in 8th this season and will look to improve even more this summer and beyond!
Reserves // Reserves loose third game of the season
Reserves came into the day hoping to cap off an awesome 2016 season with a win in their final game. An early goal would mean a lot of promise for the game. Osvaldo Aquino would latch on to a through ball in midfield and slot it home to give a 1-0 lead to Reserves. Unfortunately it was all down hill from there. Reserves would control much of the first half but could not find a second goal. At half time the score was 1-0 but the message was clear: if Reserves didn't take full control in the second half, NY Ittihad Reserves would.
In the second half Reserves struggled against a surging NY Ittihad Reserves. They would concede two goals, which cost them the game. The final score was 2-1, only Reserves third loss this season.
"We struggled to score as many goals as we need to, but it's still a massive step up. Overall the club can be very proud this year. If there is a dissapointment it's that Reserves could have had a place or two higher." said James Mercer
"We had a hard time scoring goals, we had games where we just lead off the other team but didn't have a lot of scoring opportunities. For next season we have the ability to pass the ball around and control the ball but we need a better mind for goal." said Gabe Odess.
Reserves finished in 6th position this season with 6 wins, 7 draws, and 3 losses total.
Metro // Metro continue wining streak against Gotham City F.C.
Metro came into the game having won three straight. They opened up the scoring when Sam Gozlan received the ball in space and then shot past the diving keeper to make it 1-0 to Metro. Then Osama Naji got on the score sheet when he was put through by Aaron Gomes. 2-0 to Metro, who were clearly dominating the game.
The second half was a different story as Metro found themselves on the back foot. They had several over their own chances and even had a goal disallowed by the offside flag, but Gotham City would not lie down. They were able to grab one goal back and mount a late come back attempt, but time ran out on them. The final score was 2-1 to the Metro who picked up their fourth straight win.
"We just need to keep doing what we're doing. Of the last four games this was probably the toughest. It wasn't our best performance but it is important to win even if it's not your best. There were a lot of good lessons learned in this game." said Navrun Jacob after the game.
Metro will look to make it five straight wins on Sunday in their last game of the season against Metro City Fury Athletic F.C. Good luck Metro team!