University of Leeds 2nd Men’s Football Team triumph over Beckett in a seven-goal thriller.
Derby day finally dawned – for the University of Leeds footy boys it was time for the short trip to the Leeds Beckett Campus in what was set to be a scintillating day of football. All 4 teams were to meet their rivals head to head in arguably the most competitive fixture of the year.
Despite the pressure of the competition, all teams showed up on the day and put on a performance for the onlooking fans.
The game of the day has to be given to our men’s 2nd team which from kick-off was inevitably going to be the one to watch. Uni Of applied pressure from the get-go with no holding back, causing the Beckett defence to panic.
And it wasn’t long until the pressure paid off and before we knew it, we were 1-0 up after just 5 minutes. Will Sewell fired one home into the bottom left hand corner from 20 yards out after a fantastic build up play down the left-hand side of the pitch.
The pressure did not stop there though as Uni Of came close again just 2 minutes later when Jordan Crossman’s header is cleared right off the line.
Beckett retaliated and had their first shot on target, however, it is just wide of the goal. As Beckett started to apply more pressure the game began to become more heated with harsher tackles and disagreements.
Eventually, the referee imposed order and even sent former 2’s manager Will Dowie to the stands. Free Dowie.
The Beckett keeper was forced to make an outstanding save as Charlie Kelly had a fantastic strike on goal. This is then closely followed by our own Eliot Eaton also making a very important save in order to keep Uni Of in the lead. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough as Beckett equalized just 10 minutes before half time.
But Uni Of did not dwell. Will Sewell scored an absolute worldie of a goal to bring the score to 2-1, putting the boys in green back in the lead. This boy is just unstoppable.
Less than 2 minutes later Will Sewell set Cory Mears straight through on goal, he made no mistake – firing the ball low and hard under the legs of the miserable Beckett keeper and smashing the back of the net to ensure a 3-1 advantage at half time. The crowd are going wild.
Uni Of struggled to get going after half time and conceded a second goal early on making it 3-2. The game was now truly end-to-end as chances were taken and narrowly missed by the likes of Charlie Kelly and Max Kennedy. Beckett also went close, forcing Eliot Eaton into a full length save.
As tensions rose a controversial penalty was awarded to Beckett with just over 15 minutes to go. Beckett converted – levelling the score once again.
BUT IT WAS NOT OVER YET!!! Uni Of instantly replied as Ross Turpin channelled Rory Delap with a phenomenal throw-in, finding the feet of Michael Mattimore who fired it home to take the lead once again.
No-one can believe it. Uni Of were in front for the fourth time with only 10 minutes left to play. The whistle blew and that was it. It was all over for Beckett.
The men’s 2nd team had won 4-3 at Varsity. The boys went going crazy.
Congratulations to the 2nd men’s football team, an incredible game and a fantastic win for The University of Leeds.