Williamsburg International came back from a one goal deficit to grab all 3 points against NY Ukrainian SC on Sunday at Bushwick Inlet Park.
Where the Reserves blasted open a gap that didn’t exist between the clubs at the end of last season, the Firsts found themselves in a scrap that may have been a bit unexpected given the clubs’ recent fortunes.
The first half found the Doylies keeper tested only once, with a close range shot at the near post easily parried. Disjointed midfield play kept WIFC from taking control of the game, despite heading into the half with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Cameron Barwick putting a head to a deflection from an on target Dave Vogt free kick.
There were half chances for the Doylies to double their lead in the second half but the vaunted Doylies attack never quite clicked. Which was cause for grave concern as they slipped into a coma for about 10 minutes and found themselves down 2-1. A superb strike from the left side of the box curled into the far side netting. Moments later, the Ukrainians attack got behind the Doylies defense for an uncontested shot in front of goal from close range.
What they lacked in fluidity they made up for with grit and persistence. Mark Gallagher, settling in to a wider role this season, broke in from the right wing and released John Kaddo with a through ball. Kaddo beat his man and pulled it back across goal. What happened after that remains in dispute, except for the fact the ball found the net.
Ukrainians were up for it as well, and they managed a few more chances, including another attacker through on goal with just the keeper to beat, but this time John Erganian had room to close him down and make a kick save.
With three points there for the taking, the Doylies attack kept pounding, and in the waning moments Kaddo, through on goal from the left, was taken down and awarded a penalty. It was never in doubt. 3-2 Doylies. Remaining switched on for the final few minutes, WIFC Firsts closed it out.
Next week they’ll face an FC Ulquini squad that ran the table in Metro 1 last year; this season they’ve lost to an improved Beyond FC, narrowly beat Ukrainians, and drawn against Polonia.