May 11, 2016
SOME EXTRA EFFORT
Lansdowne Bhoys stun Rough Riders to advance in Open Cup
HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. – Lansdowne Bhoys stunned the Long Island Rough Riders, 2-1, in a hard fought and hotly contested first round game of the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup at St. Anthony's High School Wednesday night.
|Lansdowne Bhoys pulled off an upset by besting the Long Island Rough Riders in the U.S. Open Cup.
Photo courtesy of the Lansdowne Bhoys
Extratime substitute Ciaran McGuigan converted a rebound of his penalty kick in the 116th minute to snap a 1-1 tie to lift Lansdowne to the win.
Daryl Kavanagh broke through the Rough Riders defense and was fouled in the box for a penalty kick. McGuigan's kick was saved by goalkeeper Richard Trench before he put away the rebound.
The Cosmopolitan Soccer League side, an amateur team participating in its first Open Cup tournament, will visit the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) in the second round Wednesday.
“It’ll be a very tough game for us, but we look forward to the challenge. Our players are used to being challenged by strong teams like the Pittsburgh Riverhounds," Lansdowne Bhoys manager Austin Friel said. "As I’ve said in some recent interviews, we respect these teams, but we don’t fear them. Our club and our supporters want good games against strong competition. We’re an ambitious club and we’re looking forward to going to Pittsburgh on May 18th to compete against the Riverhounds and hopefully come away with a win.”
Lansdowne showed how tough it was against the Riders, who play in the Premier Development League.
The visiting side opened the scoring with a goal by Jamaican forward Ovan Oakley in the seventh minute. The goal came off some nice work by winger Sikele Sylvester.
Lansdowne continued its strong start in the opening half, with the Rough Riders creating the occasional chance. The Rough Riders started to generate some better scoring opportunities through some nice combinations between forwards Tyler Botte and Junior Rosero. Midfielder Anthony “Nino” Alfonso and right back Danny Kramer also generated some chances for Long Island.
The CSL club continued to look for Oakley, along with Sylvester and forward Daryl Kavanagh. Both teams used long balls out of the back to apply pressure and create scoring opportunities.
The Rough Riders started the second half well, but could not create a dangerous scoring chance in the final third. River Seybolt came on as a substitute and he immediately provided a spark, which led to a goal by Alfonso to tie the game at 1-1.
Lansdowne stormed back and attacked the LI goal as Trench was up to the task, making a key save or punching the ball away.
After about five minutes of sustained pressure, suddenly the Rough Riders started to gain the advantage and put Lansdowne goalkeeper Kabo Danso under pressure.
Both teams made substitutions as Stephen Megaloudis came on for the Riders, McGuigan for Lansdowne. That last sub for the CSL club provided to be vital.