Teams ready for round two

Fifteen years ago, a group of friends who enjoyed playing casual soccer in intramural sports leagues formed FC DSBH.

Today, the club is better known by the monikers its two teams sport—Hounds and Kelevra.

Last week, the teams played one another in a spirited affair that concluded the first round of the Richmond Senior Soccer Association's annual League Cup with Kelevra hanging on for a 2-1 victory. Though last in the Premier Division (1-6), Kelevra has been playing well of late as indicated by their recent 2-1 loss to All-Blacks and 2-0 to Athletics. They'll be favourites in their upcoming Cup match next Wednesday against the First Division Firefighters (3-3-1) at Hugh Boyd Park, but not overwhelmingly so.

In a game that saw both teams play cautiously to start, the Hounds were first to get a good chance against Kelevra. Seven minutes in, against the counter-attack, a cross from striker Julius Salerno found right midfielder Tamer Mohamed alone at the top of the box. His shot trickled just wide of the right post.

Twenty-two minutes in, Kelevra striker Trevor Koochin found himself one-on-one with the Hounds' keeper only to kick the ball wide right.

The Hounds broke the scoreless tie in the 29th minute as left back Andrew Blackman's long pass found striker Moe Hosny. Hosny played the ball off to Julius Salerno (top goal scorer on the Hounds with seven) who dribbled around the keeper and put the ball into an open net.

Down 1-0 at the half, Kelevra came on strong early in the second frame, pinning the Hounds deep in their end. But Hounds' keeper Miguel Beltran made a couple of strong saves to keep his team in the lead.

Kelevra's constant pressure paid off in the 71st minute. Defender Graham Tooke headed the ball into the net off a free kick. In the 89th minute, as the match was looking to head off to penalty kicks, Kelevra striker Trevor Koochin scored on a scramble following a corner kick.

With one last chance in injury time, Hounds' midfielder Ali Ghashghaee had a glorious chance to tie the game but shot the ball over the upright as the final whistle sounded.

Kelevra is one of four remaining Premier Division teams in the League Cup playdowns. Jugadores and AC Richmond will face each other—for the third time already this season—next week at King George Park. AC Richmond leads the head-to-head series with one win, while the other meeting resulted in a draw. The win came last Friday when AC won 1-0, thanks largely to the goalkeeping of Dan Lazar of the Jugadores who kept his team in the game.

The A bracket of the League Cup also promises to provide more exciting action next week.

The Oldblacks (a Masters' Division team) is set to play First Division co-leader Mark's Clippers next Tuesday at King George Park, while the Graduates will meet the Jugadores II  next Wednesday at King George Park. The latter two teams, both in the Second Division, played to a 2-2 draw earlier this season.

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