Williamsburg International FC Reserves defeated NY Ukrainian Reserves 4-0 on Sunday at Bushwick Inlet Park.
This North Brooklyn derby pitted teams separated at the end of last season by very little – tied in third place on points, NY Ukrainians had a better goal difference and WIFC scored more and had one more win.
But at the end of 90 minutes yesterday, the difference was much wider.
From the start and throughout the game, Ukrainians afforded WIFC quite a lot of time on the ball, and the Doylies made the most of it. Working the ball up the field and getting balls into wide areas, it was no surprise when the opening goal came from a quality Ben LeRoux cross from the left. Gaurav Hingorani did well to knock it down to new boy Dave Barry, who smartly finished from close range. Dave’s celebration was muted – he came to WIFC in the off season from NY Ukrainians.
Later in the first half WIFC struck again. Rich Clements rolled a ball across the top of the box to striker Danny Rivas, who blasted one off the bottom of the crossbar.
As the gap became clearer, the frustration mounted from Ukrainians, but credit has to be given to their players, who did not sink to the level of a member of the Ukrainians sideline staff, who urged his players to make harder tackles that “break their legs” since he felt the referee wasn’t making the necessary calls. This was as low a moment as this writer has seen in 6 seasons of watching CSL games.
The goal scoring wasn’t done. In the second half, a breakaway from midfield, as Koji Tsurumi released Rivas to put the defense on its heels. Danny found LeRoux, who unselfishly laid it off for Jake Poore for the tap in.
The Ukrainians went down to 10 men, and the Doylies found one more goal, to make it a brace for Barry. Clements slipped a ball to Barry who made quick work of the defender and the keeper. There might have been a goal or two more, but nobody could put home the nice set piece deliveries from Hingorani.
The new players have combined well with the returners, giving the squad confidence they can improve on last season’s finish. Next week they’ll face FC Ulquini out on Staten Island. Ulquini drew 2-2 with Ukrainians last week but have notched wins against Beyond FC and Polonia.