Wednesday 27th April saw DMUFC’s 6 remaining teams in action in their rearranged varsities, over a month after they were scheduled to happen. The 2nd to 7th team’s original matches were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
With disappointing BUCS seasons, the 2nd to 4th teams were even more motivated to win varsity: 2nds finished 5th in their league; and 3rds and 4ths finished 5th and 6th respectively, in a strange league where 3 points separated 2nd and 6th place. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams always play against their UoL counterpart, however, UoLFC only have 4 teams therefore the 5th, 6th and 7th team had to seek fixtures elsewhere. These De Montfort teams have competed in an intermural league all year, with the 6th team being crowned champions, so it was in UoL’s intermural league that DMUFC found opponents to play.
With these three games being unofficial varsities, DMUFC had to coordinate the fixtures themselves. 5th to 7th team arranged their games to be played on DMU’s new 3G pitch at Beaumont Park, whilst 2nd to 4th team played at University of Leicester’s traditional home venue, Stoughton Road.
The day kicked off at 11:30am, with DMUFC 5th team taking on UoL Law Society. DMU found themselves 1-0 down after about 30minutes, but goals from Sam Eyre and Eddy Okpo saw a quick turnaround, and the first win of the day for DMUFC. With the BUCS league winning 1st team convincingly winning their varsity 3-0 on March 9th, DMUFC had secured 2/2 wins so far.
The next game started at 1:30pm, as DMUFC 7th team kicked off against UoL Medics B team. With early strikes from Godfrey Lemi, Said Ally and Jacob Tumelty there was always going to be plenty of goals in this game. 7ths lead 3-2 at half-time. Matt Fry and Dom Hurst also contributed to the scoring, and the game finished 7-2 after Godfrey Lemi completed his hatrick. DMUFC emerged victors in this 9-goal-thriller. 3/3 wins for DMUFC.
Meanwhile, at 2pm 2nd to 4th team all kicked off at Stoughton Road. Early goals from 3rd team and Jake Spall in the 4ths game meant DMUFC lead 1-0 in two separate games. Within a matter of minutes 3rds scored again, Conor Byrne making it 2-0, then once again 4th team followed suit, Aaron Wilson grabbing DMU’s second.
The 2nd team fixture was a different affair, with no goals in the entire first half in what was an extremely tight game. The goals continued in the 3rd and 4th team games though. An own goal from 3rd team’s Deni Bosnjak and a good move from UoL in the 4ths game meant both teams conceded simultaneously, but DMU held their leads at 2-1. Aaron Wilson instantly replied for 4th team, grabbing his second of the game, making it 3-1 to DMUFC 4ths.
At half-time the scores were all in DMU’s favour: 2nds drawing 0-0; 3rds winning 2-1; and 4ths winning 3-1, with 5th team’s win already under the belt, and 7th team’s all but secured too.
Not long into the second half, 4th team made it 4-1, with Aaron Wilson completing his perfect hatrick. Late in the match UoL scored another to make it 4-2, but this seemed a consolation at this point. A scrappy second half in the 3rds game saw no goals but DMU held on to keep it 2-1 until full-time. UoL scored a late goal in the 4th team game, but this was only a consolation, as the game finished 4-2. A possible 5/5 wins for DMUFC at this point.
Attention now turned to the 2nd team game, whose delayed kick-off meant there was still time left. DMU got pegged back 1-0 in a nervy finish to the game, but a quick response from Jerry Elongama meant the game finished 1-1 and penalties were looming.
DMU 2nds were first to miss in the shootout, with Karl Harris blazing over in the first round. However, a miss from UoL in the third round brought it level, and a sublime save from James Brougham in the fourth made it advantage DMU. Kamron Basi stepped up to take the final penalty, and all he needed to do was score to secure another win for DMUFC. The 6ft3 centre half coolly stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner, sparking scenes of euphoria across Stoughton Road Playing Fields.
DMUFC had now won 6/6 varsities, and hopes of a clean sweep were dependent on 6th team who kicked off against UoL Medics A team at 3:30pm, Beaumont Park. Medics took the lead in what was a close game, but 6ths got one back immediately after Perez Mukisa finished off a great ball into the box. Medics scored again before half-time and the dream of 7/7 wins seemed to be over as DMU trailed 2-1, until there was only 20 minutes to go. However, a goal from Ferg Carmichael and a second for Perez Mukisa 3 minutes from time saw 6th team achieve a miraculous comeback, and when the full-time whistle blew and 6th team won 3-2, DMUFC knew they had accomplished something incredible!
1st team manager Chris Franklin tweeted “Months and months of hard work from so many people made days like today possible for @DeMontfortFC. Everyone should be proud” and Chairman, Luke Taylor, said, “I’ve never been more proud than I am today. Chairing DMUFC to 7/7 varsity wins is something I’ll never forget”.