LI Cup – First Round
FPSC Fighting Hawks vs. Garden City Nights.
FPBS, Floral Park, NY – On a sunny day with a slight chill in the air the FPSC Fighting Hawks were having a fun-filled afternoon creating memories and playing the beautiful game in the 2018 Long Island Cup. In a first-round tilt, the FPSC Fighting Hawks were set to square off with the Garden City Knights.
The Fighting Hawks would prevail in an intense, well-played game by both teams 1 – 0. A stifling defense would be the theme of the day as Garden City would be held to only three shots on goal and with only one of those being on target. The center of the defense was led by Matthew Moore who was able to control play in the center of the Fighting Hawks defensive third of the field by winning balls throughout the day.
Fullbacks David Roebuck, Daniel Benvenuto, Ciaran Smith
The final line of defense would be goalkeeper Zachary Sarcona. Zachary kept a clean sheet on the day and came up big when he had to. The consummate field general., Zachary was constantly issuing directions to his defenders and kept the box empty with great decision making.
The score doesn’t tell the whole story of the Fighting Hawks offense on the day. Although only one goal was scored the Hawks exhibited brilliant passing and created several chances throughout the game. Center Ben Heit was able to hold up plays quite well which allowed him to serve up two delicious assists on shots that were missed by only a couple of inches.
Wingers Colin Sweeney, Declan Lally, and Carson Hughes were a thorn in the side of the Garden City defense throughout the day. The three were able to constantly get up and down the sideline to create plays and feed balls to the middle. They were also savvy enough to restart the offense on several occasions by recycling the ball back through the defense when play would bog down.
The lone goal highlight of the day would come midway through the second half. It would be Brady Croon to Danny Mcelligot for the game-winner.
As you can see from the video Brady Croon, with grit and determination steals the ball from the defender trying to get the ball out of the zone. Croon would then send a wonderful cross across the box to Mcelligot who, as evidenced by the video, never gave up on the play and would time his run perfectly to the far post and slot home the goal.
This was a true team effort as every player on the roster contributed to a big play throughout the game. Win or lose, being on the pitch for these young athletes is all that matters. The Fighting Hawks were valiant in their effort, respectful of their opponents, and showed a passion and love for the game that is unmatched.
The Fighting Hawks will now face Baymen United FC in West Sayville, NY for the second round of the LI Cup on April 29 at 3:30 pm. In the meantime, it is now time to start the regular season with the first game of the season this Saturday against Woodhaven United. Go FPSC!!