March: Asian and American Lost Boyos get seasons underway

Scotland

Wales’ Adam Matthews and Joe Ledley were part of the Celtic sides that passed up two opportunities for silverware in March. On the 19th, Celtic went down 1-0 to Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup Final then a week later failed to seal the SPL title at the home of their great rivals, losing 3-2 to Rangers at Ibrox. A difficult month for Celtic began with Aberdeen ending their 20-game domestic winning run with a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie. Ledley scored the opener in the side’s only victory of the month, a 4-0 away win against Dundee United.

One Lost Boyo who did end the month with a winners’ medal was Kyle Letheren, who was on on the bench for Kilmarnock in their League Cup Final victory.

Jason Brown was again ever-present for Aberdeen. As well as the draw against Celtic, the Dons also booked a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a win over Motherwell, but ended the month with three consecutive league defeats. One those defeats was against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, for whom Owain Tudur-Jones was a starter. Tudur-Jones made three other appearances (two as sub). Two of those games ended in defeats (against Dundee United and St. Johnstone) and the other in a draw (Kilmarnock).

Further down the ladder, Rhys Weston made a single appearance for Dundee in a 3-2 win at Livingston. The Dens won two further games in March as they continued to push for promotion to the SPL, but ended the month 15 points adrift of leaders Ross County.

It was another tough month for Callum Antell in British football’s most thankless role. April began well enough for East Stirlingshire with a 6-3 win against Peterhead, but it was downhill from there with defeats to Alloa (5-1), Stranraer (4-1), and Annan Athletic (4-0). A 2-2 draw with Elgin City brought some respite mid-month.

Spain

Matt Crowell didn’t appear for CD Ourense in March, but the Galicians finished March at the summit of Tercera Division (Group 1) after two wins, a draw, and a defeat.

Thailand

Thai football leagues kicked off in March featuring Lost Boyos Michael Byrne and Mika Chunuonsee.

England-born former Wales youth player Byrne is at Chainat FC, who are in the Thai Premier League for the first time in their short history. His team had a slightly less busy opening month than most, beginning their campaign with draws against Army United (1-1) and Wuachon United (1-1).

Chunuonsee is yet to appear for his new side, Bangkok FC, due to injury. In Thailand’s Division One, the country’s second tier of football, Chunuonsee’s team had a difficult March, losing all of their first three games.

USA

Having retired from playing at the end of the 2011 MLS season, former Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls midfielder Carl Robinson can now be found in the dugout at Vancouver Whitecaps where he is assistant manager. The Whitecaps went through March unbeaten with wins against Montreal and Chivas USA and a draw with DC United.

Teams in the USL Pro league, the country’s third tier, got their pre-season underway with Lost Boyos aplenty: Chad Bond (Los Angeles Blues); Gareth Evans (Wilmington Hammerheads); Anthony Pulis (Orlando City). The season-proper begins in April.

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