Lansdowne Bhoys striker Daryl Kavanagh.
Nov. 26th, 2017
Lansdowne Bhoys is one of the 14 amateur teams that qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup. The Bhoys defeated Jackson Brick Lions F.C 2-1 in the first round, NY Pancyprian Freedoms 4-3 in penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in the next round and Junior Lone Star U-23 team 3-1 in the final round.
Bhoys striker Daryl Kavanagh, an ex-League of Ireland player, noted that the competition is at the Irish team’s standard but also mentioned that the tournament will be more difficult than the qualifiers.
“It’s somewhere we feel we belong,” Kavanagh said. “We done what was needed to get there but once we know from here, it gets tougher and tougher.”
The 31-year-old netted a brace in Lansdowne’s 3-1 win over Junior Lone Star U-23 team.
“The win is most important first of all and if I contribute with goals it’s a plus,” Kavanagh said, “we have a good squad of players that always chip in when needed which is good for us going forward.”
The Irishman shared that the club’s mentality won’t be any different when they take on teams from higher divisions in the Open Cup than when they play their fellow fifth division sides.
“We take every teams seriously if I’m being honest at every level and that’s why I feel we are doing so well, but we’ve been here before in big competitions and it’s not new to us.”
The Bhoys reached the third round of the Open Cup in their first season in the competition in 2016 by beaten Long Island Rough Riders from the PDL (third division) and professional club Pittsburgh Riverhounds from the USL (second division).
Kavanagh explained that the players’ relationships off the field will be key in the Open Cup.
“Like I said earlier we prepare the same [against teams from any divisions] and we all have good relationship off the pitch,” he said, “I would say we get on better off it than on it. We partied hard last year after the clubs most successful year and if you can party with me you can party with the best of them, so I think the lads deserve a lot of credit just for that alone.”
Lansdowne is the reigning national amateur double champions (the National Amateur Cup and the Fricker Cup). Last year’s amateur champions Christos F.C reached the fourth round the Open Cup. The competition will start in May.