Williamsburg International FC Reserves secured a critical 1-0 victory over a much improved FC Japan side to open up Cosmo League play at Randall’s Island on Sunday. A well-placed header from Rich Clements put the Doylies in front and a lights out performance from John Erganian in net kept the much-needed clean sheet. With the win, Williamsburg kept pace with leaders Manhattan Kickers at the top of the table, where they are 1 point off the lead in the D2 Reserves South.
Williamsburg International FC were hit with a red card in the 30th minute against FC Japan and were forced to play the final 70 minutes with only ten men on the field. Rob Markwell scored a peach of a goal to give the Doylies hope. But FC Japan’s possession style ultimately wore down the depleted Doylies. Japan netted twice from close range, handing Williamsburg a loss to kick-off their Spring campaign. The loss left Williamsburg 5 points off the pace in the Cosmo League D2 South. The Doylies missed an opportunity to pick up points as leaders Stal Mielec got hammered by NY Ukrainians 5-0.