Williamsburg International FC 4 -2 Stal Mielec
Williamsburg’s Firsts dominated Stal Mielec 4-2 on Sunday afternoon, in a match that easily could have seen the Doylies score 7 or 8 goals. The club was caught napping as Stal opened the scoring on a quickly taken free kick. Kevin Ruppel responded with a quick take of his own, catching Stal keeper Lukasz Stankowski off-gaurd as he passed the ball into the net. The Polish side were overwhelmed in the second half by Williamsburg pressure. Mark Gallagher broke the deadlock as he broke through the lines and whistled one off the far post. Kevin Ruppel had more magic in his boots as he shuffled past two defenders before blasting a bending shot into the upper right corner of the net. Misha Carrel-Thomas finished off the scoring off a free-kick hit low and hard to the near post. The boys in green could have had more with John Kaddo and Mark Gallagher repeatedly getting in free on goal only to see their efforts saved or missed. Stal knocked in a second goal late off a corner, but failed to put the game back in danger.
Williamsburg International FC Reserves 1 – 3 Stal Mielec Reserves
With a chance to go top of the table on the line, Williamsburg’s Reserves slipped up against a tough Stal Mielec side. After a hard-fought 0-0 first half, the Doylies had to respond when Stal opened the scoring early in the second. Danny Rivas was quick to give his best effort, rattling the crossbar with a long range effort and nicking one off the post. It was Benjamin LeRoux who got Williamsburg back on level terms with a neat finish off a deflected shot from defender Will Woods. As Williamsburg pressed for a winner, they were put on their heels by the talented Stal Mielec strikers. Two late goals, both on the break sealed the game for Stal. The Reserves will rue the missed opportunity to grab more points, but they still control their own destiny. Wins against 3rd place FC Ulqini (May 5) and leaders Manhattan Kickers (May 12) would ensure a league crown for the Doylies.