Garden City celebrates its cup victory. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. – Glen Cove continued its push for a double as it captured the Reitschlin Over-30 Cup crown at the Long Island Soccer Football League with a 3-1 victory over the Garden City Centennials at John J. Burns on Sunday.

The winners struck for three second-half scores as Gue La Flor Daley, Damarley Samuels and Kevin Cameron found the net.

These two teams know each very well. Through the years, Glen Cove and Garden City have clashed many times in league and competitions.

“It’s not an advantage for us and not a advantage for them because they know our habits we know their habit,” Glen Cove captain Shawnn Samuels said. “We got to figure out what their weak points are for that game, and they try to figure out the same for us. That was gave us the advantage.

Not surprisingly, the rivals to play to a scoreless tie at halftime.

“It was a very competitive game the first half,” Josephs said. “We kind of get a bit of a leg up in the game and started to control the game a lot better. It was a pretty good complete team win.”

A few second-half substitutes gave the champions some fresh legs and some goals. Joseph credited Samuels in helping Glen Cove grab the momentum.

Daley lifted Glen into the lead in the 53rd minute, slotting home a rebound after the Garden City goalkeeper made two saves.

Only five minutes later, Samuels doubled the lead, scoring off a chip shot after latching onto a long feed.

A minute after the Glen Cove goalkeeper saved a penalty kick, Garden City pulled within one.

Cameron converted a penalty kick in the 90th minute, which turned out to be the last kick of the match.

There is still plenty to play for. Glen Cove was eliminated by the N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms, 3-0, in the Eastern New York State Soccer Association O-30 semifinals.

“We’re playing for the league,” Josephs said. “We’re top of the league, looking to advance get the bye into the final and try to win it.”

En route to the title, Glen Cove defeated Rosedale United FC, 6-1, in the quarterfinals and N.Y. Polet, 4-3, in the semifinals.

Next up for Glen Cove is Megas Alexandros FC at Flushing Memorial High School Field 1 on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m.

In case you’re wondering, Glen Cove and Garden City Centennials will tussle at least one more time this season at St. Paul’s School Field No. 1 on Sunday, May 1 at 9 a.m.

Both teams are vying to win the O-30 regular season title.

With seven games remaining in the campaign, Glen Cove leads the league with a perfect 9-0-0 mark and 27 points. It enjoys a two-point lead over Garden City (8-1-1, 25) and has a game in hand.

The regular season champion receives a bye in the playoffs as the second- and third-place sides will meet on June 12. The O-30 final is scheduled for June 19.