OPEN CUP IS A SHUT CASE!

By Jay Mwamba

Lansdowne Bhoys’ US Open Cup run has ended...

Lansdowne Bhoys’ United States Adult Soccer Association Open Cup run ended on Sunday, May 4 with a 5-4 penalty loss to New England’s Mass Premier Soccer in the Region 1 semifinals at Icahn Stadium.

The Bhoys’ fate was sealed when defender Sean Kelly missed his spot kick in the shootout. Stephen Roche, Housainu Ogoo, Sikele Sylvester and Jermaine Russell were on target. 

“We dominated the game and scored early, a great goal by Sylvester. They equalized from a deflected free kick,” said player-coach Austin Friel. 

Lansdowne went full throttle after that but couldn’t parlay their dominance into goals. 

“They had two shots the whole game. Fair play to them they were well organized; we couldn't find a way through,” shrugged Friel. 

To reach the Region 1 semis, the CSL envoys had demolished Connecticut’s Newtown Pride FC 5-1 in the last eight four weeks ago. 

Before that, Lansdowne saw off four-time US Open Cup winners New York Greek Americans [5-4], United FC [3-2] and Clarkstown Eagles [5-0], before edging NYAC 2-1 in the Eastern New York Regional I final last November.

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