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#USOC2016 1st Rd: Lansdowne Bhoys Top Rough Riders, Will Face Riverhounds


Lansdowne Bhoys won their first ever US Open Cup match on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds now know who they will be facing in next week’s Second Round U.S. Open Cup — as the Lansdowne Bhoys pulled out a dramatic, late goal in the dying moments of extra time to defeat Long Island Rough Riders 2-1.
It was the first win ever in U.S. Open Cup for the Lansdowne Bhoys – a team with Irish roots based just north of New York City — who have a bit of a celebrity — ESPN soccer commentator Tommy Smyth who is the team president.

Here’s the game recap from U.S. Soccer

Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) 1, Lansdowne Bhoys (N.Y.) 2 (a.e.t.)

Open Cup debutants Lansdowne Bhoys scored  an impressive First Round victory to advance past the Long Island Rough Riders in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Ovan Oakley put the Bhoys on the board after only eight minutes, but early in the second half the Rough Riders leveled matters when Alfonso struck on a 59th minute counter attack. The match looked to be headed to penalties until Lansdowne was awarded a penalty kick in the 126th minute that Ciaran Mc Guigan drove home to send the Bhoys into a Second Round match-up with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh on May 18.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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