As I reported earlier this week from Rooney Field, a local Pittsburgh team, Tartan Devils Oak Avalon, has advanced in the Larmar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying.
One team that won’t be moving on — the squad that shocked and eliminated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds from the 2016 U.S. Open Cup — Landsdowne Bhoys FC will not be making a similar run in the Cup tournament in 2017, as they were knocked out by FC Motown this past week.
Here’s a match recap from www.thecup.us –
New York vs. New Jersey is always a heated rivalry, especially in the sports world. This made Sunday’s battle between FC Motown (Morristown, NJ) and Lansdowne Bhoys FC (New York City) even more intriguing because it featured two of the best amateur clubs from those respective states. The game lived up to the hype with FC Motown, who are making their US Open Cup qualifying debut, eliminating the Bhoys 3-2 on a game-winning goal scored in the final minute.
FC Motown got off to a hot start with a pair of goals in the opening 30 minutes by Dritan Sela and Max Garcia. The Bhoys pulled one back in the 36th minute and could have equalized five minutes later. They earned a penalty kick, but FC Motown’s Andrew Tartara made a full-extension save to help Motown take a one-goal lead into the halftime break.
After a more physical second half, Lansdowne Bhoys earned another penalty kick in stoppage time. This time they converted and most in attendance thought the goal would send the game into extra time. Everyone except Motown FC. They pushed forward and earned a free kick just outside the Bhoys’ penalty area. There, Martin Lukaschik delivered a cross into the box where it was headed into the back of the net by Andres Berriel to give the home team the dramatic 3-2 win.