As his Falmouth United squad walked off the pitch at Trotting Park on Sunday evening, August 3, head coach Abdul Faiky was not feeling nearly as satisfied as his club. United had just blasted visiting Harwich, 9-1, in the opening round of the 2014 Davis Cup playoffs, but Faiky was not about to put too much into his team’s first round victory.
“This doesn’t mean much,” he said. “How do we do against the good teams? That’s what’s going to matter.”
Faiky’s United club has not fared extremely well against the top tier teams in the league this season. The team finished third overall in the Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League, posting a regular season record of 8-6. United posted a 1-5 record against the other three teams that made up the top half of the standings, including an 0-2 mark against their next opponent, the Nauset Storm. United travels to face the Storm Wednesday night, August 6, in Orleans.
If United performs nearly as well against Nauset as it did against Harwich, things should go well for the red and white. United roared to a 4-0 first half lead, before taking a 4-1 lead into the intermission. In the second half, the goals continued to come, one after the other, as the beaten Blues’ defense was no match for a United club that was clicking.
Falmouth was led by a trio of its younger players. Despite not being old enough to join most of their teammates for post-game celebrations, Romeo Grey, Ian Cicalis and Nathan Estrella all had their share of toast-worthy moments. Both Grey and Cicalis finished the game with three goals each. Estrella had one goal, and assisted on three others for the team.
Daragh McCann scored a goal in the contest for United, and Gary Pearson had the other one. In the net, Renato Melo had a relatively easy day, as the ball was on the other side of the field throughout the majority of the contest.
In South Yarmouth, the Falmouth Tide did not fare as well. The fifth place club, which had gone 6-6-2 overall for the regular season, dropped a disappointing 1-0 decision to Dennis-Yarmouth Celtic on the road. D-Y got a goal from Luis Matos in the 13th minute and made it stand up the rest of the way.
Derek Young and company came on hard in the second half, and had their chances, but could not find the equalizer. Celtic keeper Petar Ralinovski made a number of huge stops in the game, including a late bevy to preserve the shutout and his team’s trip to the semifinals, where they will meet top-seeded Sandwich.