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Express 7, Ireland 3

March 17, 1986

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Former New York Arrows forward Mark Liveric scored four fourth-quarter goals, two off indirect kicks from former Arrows teammate Luis Alberto, to lead the New York Express to a 7-3 victory over the Irish national team in an indoor soccer exhibition match Sunday.

The victory over Ireland was the Express’ fourth in an ″International Challenge Series″ against clubs from England, Yugoslavia and Portugal, as well as Ireland.

The Express, owned by Long Island newspaper publisher Stan Henry and internationally known goalkeeper Shep Messing, is an independent club hoping to be admitted into the Major Indoor Soccer League for the 1986-87 season.

After ending the first half tied 2-2, the Irish took a 3-2 lead at 12:54 of the third period when Paul Mullen’s 40-foot drive from the left side ricocheted off the boards to the right of Messing and bounced in front. The rebound caromed with New York defender Marcelo Ferriera’s head and dribbled into the Express’ net.

But Liveric tied the game at 2:00 of the final quarter when he scored from 15 feet off a corner kick from Alberto. He put the Express ahead 4-3 1:34 later when he scored on a replay of the previous goal.

Liveric added a third goal at 9:47 on a penalty kick, sliding a shot past Ireland goalkeeper Brendan Flinn after Roger Wynter was issued a yellow card for tripping Liveric on a breakaway.

John Hedlund tacked on a score to make it 6-3 and Liveric added his fourth of the night with 3:10 remaining to close out the scoring.

In a show of support for the fledgling club, MISL Commissioner Francis Dale, who is pushing for admittance of Henry’s team, attended the Express game.

The Express have filed petitions in U.S. bankruptcy court to get the rights for a MISL franchise in the New York area. Those rights are currently held by Dr. David Schoenstadt, owner of the Kansas City Comets, who also leads a group of creditors of the defunct Arrows, which played at the Nassau Colliseum and folded after the 1983-84 MISL season.

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