DMU’s football firsts were unable to replicate last year’s heroics on a bitterly cold and wet night at Beaumont Park last night.

Early UoL pressure set the tone of the game, which soon became a battle for control of the midfield. The home side’s central players’ determination and talent was offset by a solid UoL back line and hesitation in the final third.

DMu’s most effective spells in possession came breaking down the left-hand side; an impressive display from David Adjei resulted in several early chances that the hosts were unfortunate not to capitalise on. With 20 minutes gone, the visitors were able to put away the first clear cut chance of the game and gained a foothold.

Several penalty shouts were waved away by the referee as half time approached, determined to keep a lid on emotions. Early in the second half, a seemingly revitalised De Montfort side began to create chances; a free kick was bundled away from the UoL goalmouth, and several opportunities were thwarted by offside calls. More wasted chances came and went.

As the game drew to a close, tempers began to flare up again; with moments to go, a brawl ensued involving both teams and security. As the final whistle went, an almighty roar went up from the UoL stand; they had clawed back at least some face after last year’s 7-game whitewash.