A battling performance from DMU’s football 6th team was to no avail as University of Leicester’s (UoL) 4th side romped home as 2-0 winners.
An early goal from UoL set the tone, as a high pressing DMU side found themselves caught short in midfield and at the mercy of confident passing and the bulk of the early possession belonging to UoL. The brief spells of DMU possession in the first half were tempered by UoL’s midfield being more than a match for their visiting counterparts.
Tempers began to fray early; a yellow card for DMu’s Adahm Jaffer and early confrontations involving UoL’s striker brought play to a brief halt. The attacking play from UoL caused the DMU back line countless problems throughout the first half, with wingers and full backs on both flanks combining well to bombard the DMU goal in the first 20 minutes and forcing several smart saves out of goalkeeper Johnny Lacey. Towards the end of the half the 6ths began to create chances but were unable to capitalise on any gains made. A header from Perez Mukisa was glanced wide as the end of the half saw a flurry of corners fly into the UoL penalty box. The first half ended strongly for the visitors, and despite conceding early on their foothold was noticeable if a little wasted.
The foothold, however, was not to last; a long pass from UoL’s winger wasn’t cleared properly and was capitalised on for the home side’s second of the game. An instant reply nearly came, a fantastic long pass was headed onto the post by Jordan Bryan. An injury to DMu’s Adahm Jaffer hampered proceedings, in what was a relatively uneventful second half.
Despite the result, there were positives; it was the first defeat for the 6ths since their inception and the performances of some, including Godfrey Lemi and Ryan Mitchell, suggest that despite the setback against bitter rivals, the future of the 6th team is bright.
Their next fixture sees them away in the cup to Oxford 3rds on November 9th , while the 4th team are in action at home to Staffordshire 2nds.