Port Jefferson SC hold on for a 4-3 win over Oceanside United on St. Patrick's Day. Read more
By David Harris
Oceanside United prepares for a free kick
Mt. Sinai, NY - The luck of the Irish was with Port Jefferson SC on St. Patrick's Day as they won their home game against Oceanside United by a score of 4-3. That's not to say that the men from Port Jefferson were lucky as they were full value for the win and could have won be a larger margin. Late in the game they missed a penalty kick that would have put them ahead 5-2. Oceanside fought hard throughout the match and capitalized on the ensuing break to make the game 4-3. Oceanside continued to press throughout for an equalizer, but St. Patrick wasn't kind to them on this day.
Port Jefferson opened the scoring on a penalty kick that was coolly coverted by new signing Raphael Abreu, formally of Stony Brook University and the Brooklyn Knights. Abreu helped in the build-up to Port Jefferson's second goal and later added a goal of his own to make for a very impressive debut. He was a constant threat throughout the game, but Oceanside was able to counter the threat by using the offsides trap to catch Abreu on more than one occasion.
#17 Raphael Abreu and Port Jefferson celebrate scoring their fourth goal of the game.
Oceanside battled and pressed Port Jefferson throughout the game. When chances came their way, they took them and as a result they were in the game till the very end. Some of the referee's calls were hotly contested by Oceanside and they felt hard done on a number of occasions. Coming off a 1-1 draw with Mineola Portuguese last weekend to open the second half of the LISFL season, Oceanside were hoping for a much needed away win and 3 points to stay ahead of the men from Mineola in the Eastern group of the LISFL's 1st division. Next weekend, Oceanside United are away to NY Irish Rovers for another battle in the Eastern group.
Port Jefferson were able to get the result for their hard work and pick up the 3 points, which could place them on top of the Eastern group pending the result of today's Mineola Portugese - NY Polet game. Port Jefferson created a number of quality scoring chances and gave up some tough goals, but look to be in good shape as they play Mineola Portugese next weekend and continue with their quest to win the LISFL Division 1 championship.
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