Leverington turn the tables with cup final triumph

SPORT: PFA Junior Cup final at Chestnut Avenue. Leverington Res v Langtoft Res. 'Leverington Reserves
SPORT: PFA Junior Cup final at Chestnut Avenue. Leverington Res v Langtoft Res. 'Leverington Reserves
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LEVERINGTON Sports Reserves won the PFA Junior cup with a convincing 4-0 win over Langtoft Reserves on Saturday evening.

The two sides had met seven days earlier in a Division Three game with Langtoft winning 2-0 but Leverington boss Shane Milner was always confident his side would turn the table in the cup.

A delighted Milner said: “We fielded a weakened team in the league game as we had two cup finals in the next week and had our goalkeeper playing centre forward.

“On Saturday we played exceptionally well and dominated large parts of the game with our passing. It was a really good performance from the lads.”

Langtoft had the wind advantage in the first half and Milner’s team had to soak some pressure before they took the lead after 23 minutes.

Michael Chow’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper and Tancsel Ibranim was on the spot to sweep the loose ball into the net from six yards. Ibranim should have made it 2-0 soon after missed with a header.

After the break Leverington enjoyed the wind advantage and they made it 2-0 after 55 minutes when a ball over the top was chased down by Marius Kudyba and he just beat the keeper to the ball and shot home from 18 yards out.

Leverington now looked comfortable as they sprayed the ball about and a good move between Kudyba and Sam Russell opened the way for Adam Bunton to score a third goal from the edge of the area.

With four minutes left it was 4-0 when George Evans’ free kick was turned into the net by Pancel from eight yards out.

Milner said: “I still think we can gain promotion through the play-offs. We have lost eight points this season through our administration and but for that might have already have been promoted.”

Leverington’s Cambs Junior Cup final against Bassingbourn which was postponed last Wednesday will now be played on May 15 at Histon.

Leverington first team boss Stuart Webb was “chuffed to bits” about the Reserves’ cup win but not so happy about his team’s 4-3 defeat at Oundle in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday.

Leverington were leading 3-0 with 15 minutes to play and he admitted some 24 hours later: “I am still stunned how we lost that game. We were 3-0 up in the first half but just switched off at the end, although we only had 12 players and by the end we had three players struggling with injuries.”

In the first half 19-year-old James Woods scored his first goals for the first team with a double and could have had a hat-trick but for squaring the ball for Curtis Knight to score the third.

Two of the Oundle goals came from the penalty spot in the 89th and 91st minutes and Webb was not happy with either spot kick and referee Neil Arthur.

“Our linesman flagged because the player dived for the first goal but the referee would not speak to the linesman.

“The second penalty came after their player was fouled outside the area but rolled into the box. The referee was nearly on the halfway line when he gave it.”

Leverington do not have a midweek game this week but then have four games in the next with games next Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – fixture madness or what?

Long Sutton slammed Stilton 7-2 away two weeks earlier, but lost out 2-0 to the same team on Saturday in Division One.

Guyhirn’s Lee Benton hit a hat-trick in his side’s 4-1 win against bottom side Parkside in Division Two. Charlie Clucas was also on target.

Sutton Bridge enjoyed a 5-0 win against Gedney Hill with Jake Lally 2, Joe Sutton, Nick Reims and Rob Hook on target.