Brooklyn Italians vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC

MAY 9 | 8 p.m. ET | Long Island University Brooklyn Athletic Facility; Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brooklyn Italians (NPSL) 0, Landsowne Bhoys (N.Y.) 2
In a match-up of New York-based behemoths, Lansdowne Bhoys FC emerged victorious over the Brooklyn Italians. Lansdowne entered the First Round contest as holders of both major national amateur titles, while the Italians stand as one of the most-decorated clubs in the Open Cup’s storied history.

An early goal proved to be deciding for the Bhoys from Yonkers. As Brooklyn struggled to clear the ball after an early Lansdowne attacking run, the Bhoys’ Michael Holzer picked it up and after a few dribbles down the right wing, launched a booming cross to the other side of the field. There, Daryl Kavanagh’s first-timer swept by the Brooklyn goalkeeper. Just after halftime Lansdowne pressure forced a misplayed clearance from the Italians that resulted in an own goal. With the victory over its Empire State rival, the Bhoys head south for a Second Round showdown against the USL’s North Carolina FC in Cary, N.C.