With a threat of rain in the air, the Clarkstown Eagles took the pitch at Ramapo College to outrun the incoming storm as well as the Thunder on the field, Greater Binghamton FC.
The Eagles dominated the first half with a strong defense and an offense that had multiple chances to score. Near misses and numerous stops by the Thunder keeper kept the game 0-0 until just before halftime. That changed in the 44th minute when Eagles striker Bljedi Bardic scored off a feed from Lucas Befi, allowing the Eagles to go into halftime up 1-0.
The second half was also mostly under the control of the Eagles with Bardic scoring three more times. Off a back heel feed from second half sub Daniel Ocana, Bardic found the back of the net a second time in the 51st minute. Bardic also struck again in the 64th and 86th minutes off passes in front from Mario Rios and Gabriel Camara. The game ended 4-0 with Bljedi Bardic scoring all four goals, adding to the two he scored in last week’s game versus Hershey FC. He now has a total of six goals in just two games played so far this season.
Eagles owner/head coach Oliver Papraniku had praise for both his potent offense and stingy defense.
“Our strong backline kept the ball in the offensive side of the field, giving our strikers many opportunities to score. Bljedi was great finding the back of the net four times, each one a feed from a different player. A real show of teamwork!”
The Man of the Match honor went to Eagles striker Bljedi Bardic thanks to his four-goal performance. The next match for the Eagles is Buxmont Torch.