Lansdowne Bhoys striker Daryl Kavanagh wrestling with a Southie F.C. player the last time the two sides met on April 30th, 2016. HessBoys Photography
April 7th, 2017
It wasn't all she wrote when Lansdowne Bhoys defeated Southie F.C. 4-1 in the Region I semifinal of the Amateur Cup last year, the two sides will clash again on Saturday in the quarterfinal this time at Tibbett Brook Park Field 3 at 8:00 p.m.
The Bhoys head coach Austin Friel is self-assured that his players are well prepared for the contest after a four-week period of training.
“I have full confidence in my players, we know it will be a tough game against a good Southie team,” Friel said. “We are home and have trained well for four weeks in preparation for these competitions I feel we are ready for the challenge.”
Although the Boston club lost to Lansdowne last year it was them who scored the opener in 20th minute through Brian Grissel. The Irish based-club responded with a four-goal riot scored by Sikele Sylvester, Sean Kelly, Craig Purcell and Ciaran McGuigan.
Lansdowne's Sikele Sylvester netted against Southie F.C. last year. HessBoys Photography
When asked how he plans to counter their opponent’s quest of an avenging win, Friel made known that he’s oblivious of last season’s result against Southie.
“I won't think about last year’s game,” the Irishman said. “We will treat Southie with respect, the way we treat all teams no matter what competition we are playing in. We have our own game plan, we will concentrate on what we do well and take it into the match on Saturday.”
The Bhoys made it to the Region I final of the competition last year, which they lost 1-0 to Maryland team Christos F.C., who ended up winning the National Amateur Cup. The three-time CSL champions were hoping to win their first Region I Amateur Cup.
The loss in the final last year displeases Friel but he also sees it as a learning experience that taught him how important having a deep roster is when competing in the Amateur Cup.
“Obviously last year’s defeat in the final wasn't good,” the 35-year-old said. “But we have put ourselves in a position to put that right this year. Our squad has strength and depth which is one thing we learned from last year’s final's defeat to Christos. Looking forward to going a step further this year.”
The Bhoys currently have a 24-man roster and are competing in four competitions. They made 8 signings during the winter break, which includes former Haiti international player Jean-Baptiste Fritzon and ex-Shamrock SC midfielder Ibrahim Diaby, who scored two goals in his first three games with the club.
The CSL champions are currently in first place in their league. They also qualified for the Region I Fricker Cup but failed to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, losing to F.C. Motown 3-2 in the third round of the qualifiers.
Friel’s men journey to the Region I stages of the Amateur Cup consists of a 9-8 penalty kick win (1-1 FT) over Cedar Stars Academy in the Eastern New York semifinal of the cup and a 3-1 victory over NY Pancyprian Freedoms 3-1 in the ENY final.
As for their opponent Southie, although the team was founded in 2012, it's been one of the most successful clubs in Boston in the past five years, winning six first division titles and making it to three finals.
They made it to the Region I stages of the Amateur Cup by blanking Dorchester United 4-0 in the final of the Massachusetts Amateur Cup final before defeating GPS Omens in the semifinal with the same scoreline. The young club only conceded two goals in their first five games of the Amateur Cup this season.
However they lost their last game 3-0 to Kendall Wanderers in the Fricker Cup semi when the Bhoys are on a 18-game unbeaten streak in all competition.
Southie F.C. (6 titles)
1. 2016 USASA Massachusetts Amateur Cup State
2. 2016 New England Champions League
3. 2016 Massachusetts State Soccer League Spring (North) (7-0-0)
4. 2015 USASA Amateur Cup MA State
5. 2015 MSSL Division 1 North (9-1-0)
6. 2014 MSSL Cup Champions
Lansdowne Bhoys (6 titles)
1.2014-15 Cosmopolitan Soccer League
2.2015-16 Cosmopolitan Soccer League
3.2015-16 Eastern New York Amateur Cup
4.2015-16 Cosmopolitan Soccer League (15-3-0)
5.2016-17 ENY Fricker Cup
6.2016-17 ENY Amateur Cup
Lansdowne Bhoys: W W W W T
Southie F.C.: L W W W W
Players to Watch
Lansdowne Bhoys: Striker Ovan Oakley leads the Bhoys in scoring with 13 goals in 13 games. Winter signing Ibrahim Diaby netted two goals in his first three games with the club.
Lansdowne Bhoys forward Ovan Oakley. Lansdowne Bhoys Images