NY State Cup (Flamhaft Cup)
KORABI Bears 3-1 Avellino
Goal: Abdulla Begai (2), Manuel
Greenbelt Recreational Center, Staten Island, NY – October 19, 2008 – In the opening round of the State Cup Korabi was host to Avellino of the Italian-American Soccer League.
Korabi started the game strong with continues attacking, but poor finishing and a stubborn visiting defense kept the game scoreless until the 28th minute when Manuel scored knocking in a rebound from 12 yards out to give Korabi a 1-0 lead. Another missed opportunity, as the crossbar saved the visitors from conceding a second goal.
Abdulla Begai scored to give Korabi a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute. The next 10-15 minutes were marred by missed Korabi scoring chances only to see the visitors pull a goal back by scoring on a low 15 yard shot in 66th minute. The game got very physical from this point on with the visitors resorting to some very rough tactics in an effort to intimidate the host but it did not work. Abdulla Begai scored his second goal of the game with 5 minutes remaining to put the game away and out of reach.
With this win Korabi advanced to the second round in the State Cup.