Lansdowne had another reason to celebrate after its win over Brooklyn. (Photo courtesy of the CSL)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In a match-up of New York-based amateur clubs with storied histories, past and present, the Lansdowne Bhoys recorded a 2-0 victory over the Brooklyn Italians in a first-round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at the LIU Brooklyn Athletic Complex Wednesday night.
Lansdowne, which plays in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, entered the game contest as holders national amateur titles, while the Italians stand as one of the most-decorated clubs in Open Cup history.
Based in Yonkers, N.Y., Lansdowne scored in the eighth minute.
As the Italians (National Premier Soccer League) struggled to clear the ball after a Lansdowne attacking run, the Bhoys’ Michael Holzer picked it up and after a few dribbles down the right wing, launched a booming cross to the other side of the field. Daryl Kavanagh’s first-timer swept by the goalkeeper.
Two minutes into the second half, Lansdowne’s pressure forced a misplayed clearance from the Italians that resulted in an own goal, an important insurance tally.
The Bhoys visit North Carolina Fury (United Soccer League) for a second-round matchup in Cary, N.C. May 16.
Lansdowne secured the National Cup Amateur and Werner Fricker Cup titles last summer.
Brooklyn has won the Open Cup twice — in 1979 and 1991.