In their relatively storied Open Cup history, North Carolina FC (nee the RailHawks) had never lost to an amateur team. That run continued as they routed Lansdowne Bhoys 3-0 on Wednesday night behind goals from Connor Tobin, Marios Lomis, and Bernhard Luxbacher.
The dream came to an end on Wednesday night for the Brooklyn Italians as Lansdowne Bhoys took a 2-0 win at LIU Athletic Center to move on to the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Lansdowne Bhoys FC beat Junior Lone Stars U-23 to advance to the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in the spring of 2018.
Two of the titans of the famed Cosmopolitan Soccer League in New York City battled for 120 minutes and neither could find a goal. The match had to be decided in penalty kicks with the reigning Amatuer Cup champion Lansdowne Bhoys edging three-time US Open Cup champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms, 4-3.
Three of the four teams that advanced in the opening weekend of Round 2 are newcomers to US Open Cup qualifying.
The Lansdowne Bhoys fell behind 2-0 but rallied to force extra time and ultimately winning on a controversial penalty kick in the final minutes.
Lansdowne Bhoys goalkeeper Abdoukarim Danso was voted TheCup.us Player Of The Round for Round 2 thanks to an excellent performance in a 2-0 road upset over the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The Rochester Rhinos are known as giant killers, but they are also dominant against amateur clubs. They improved to 16-0-0 all-time against amateur clubs with a win over Lansdowne Bhoys.
“As I said in the lead-up to this game, if my players were able to train five, six days per week, they would do very well in the USL,” said Lansdowne Bhoys head coach Austin Friel.
Lansdowne Bhoys missed a late penalty but converted the rebound and held off 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.