Lansdowne Yonkers FC and Oyster Bay United pulled of a pair of Cupsets in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before meeting their match in the next round.
The former got past the Ocean City Nor’easters on a rainy and windy March 23 night in Ocean City, N.J. Lansdowne got past its USL League Two foes, 4-3, in a shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw win regulation.
Shamir Mullings scored the visitors’ lone goal in regulation and converted the game-winning penalty kick for the 2021 National Amateur Cup champions in the shootout at Carey Stadium.
Goalkeeper Abdou Karim Danso saved Kevin Curran’s attempt. Two of Ocean City’s PK tries hit the crossbar. Andrew Sousa, Joseph Devivo and Kyle Parish connected on their shootout attempts for the winners.
It looked like it was going to be a high-scoring affair as the squads traded goals in the opening 12 minutes. Pablo Da Silva’s bouncing shot eluded Danso to give Ocean City an eighth-minute lead. Mullings equalized four minutes later past keeper Keasel Broome after a nice run down the right flank.
In another rainy and windy encounter, this time at John L. DiMarco Field at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. on Gibran Rayo’s goal five minutes into first-half stoppage time boost Rochester New York FC (MLS NEXT Pro) to a 1-0 victory and into the third round on April 7.
Playing in its third competitive match in its inaugural season – and its first home game – RNYFC dominated the opening half but had nothing to show for its efforts until injury time. That’s when Rayo completed a give-and-go pass to Pedro Dolabella, who beat Danso. Lansdowne pushed for the equalizer, but the hosts held steady as goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu made a diving save on Kyle Parrish’s free kick in the 62nd minute.
Oyster Bay, which pulled off Cupsets in the qualifying round, also continued its success in the opening round.
The United Premier Soccer League side added another big victory as it defeated Hartford City FC (National Premier Soccer League), 3-0 in a first-round match at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, Conn. on March 22.
Junior Rosero paced the Long Island side with one goal and two assists.
OBU drew drew first blood in the 16th minute as Rosero intercepted a clearance by goalkeeper Carson D’Ambrosio and scored from 21 yards on the right side. Rosero set up Franco Paz’s goal from the left side in the 32nd minute and Sebastian Ruiz’s score two minutes into injury time as the latter chipped D’Ambrosio from close range.
In the Local Qualifying Round in 2021, Oyster Bay eliminated two former Open Cup champions, the N.Y. Pancyprian Freedoms and N.Y. Greek Americans.
Oyster Bay United’s amazing giant-killing run ended on April 7. The team was eliminated by Hartford Athletic (USL Championship) via a 3-1 win at Dillon Stadium.
Midfielder Luka Prpa snapped a 1-1 tie in the 70th minute as he tucked in a rebound after a Jean Perez save. Two substitutes gave the hosts some breathing room two minutes into injury time as Rashawn Dally’s long ball set up Prince Saydee’s counterattack goal from eight yards two minutes into stoppage time.
Hartford tallied first in the 48th minute as Joel Johnson headed home a corner kick. Oyster Bay knotted things up on Rosero’s 59th-minute penalty kick after defender Abdel Yacoubou took down Sebastien Ruiz in.
It was quite fitting that Lansdowne and Oyster Bay met in the third qualifying round in Yonkers, N.Y. on Nov. 20. Lansdowne prevailed behind a 4-1 triumph.
Lansdowne booked a spot in the 2023 competition behind a 2-0 road victory over SC Vistula Garfield (N.J.). Scoring came from Dean Dillon just before halftime and a Vistula own goal.