After winning the 2016 Kentucky State Cup in Bowling Green, KY, Lynagh’s FC – largely comprised of players from Central Kentucky Adult Soccer’s Yellow Fever and Sparkle Unicorn teams – competed in this year’s Region 2 Tournament of Champions Men’s Open Division. The Region 2 Tournament of Champions features some of the top talent from Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas, including the state champions from each state and last year’s Region 2 Tournament of Champions winner.
Representing a team from Lexington for the first time in the tournament’s storied history, Lynagh’s FC more than held its own. The team, which had an age range of 23 to 50, not only showed it could still hang with the young guys, it proved it could still play and win.
Lynagh’s FC went 2-1 on the weekend and tied for first in their group. Although the Llamas did not advance to the knockout stage due to tiebreakers, the squad pulled off arguably the upset of the tournament, stunning the RFA (MI) Legends – the defending champions of the tournament – in the opening game of the tournament by a score of 3-2. Upon learning the result of the game, one Kentucky Soccer Association official who requested to remain anonymous was quoted as saying, “Are you serious?!?”
Yes, the Lynagh’s FC Llamas were serious this weekend, and they’ll be back.