Level 1 8-3 Level 2
Final: Thursday April 19th
Level 3 v Level 1
Games played at LJMU IM Marsh
History was made and JMU Journalism World Cup records were broken as tournament newcomers Level 1 stormed into the final with an emphatic 8-3 victory over Level 2.
The scoreline, which is the biggest total goal tally overall and the highest by one team, fully reflected the dominance shown by Level 1, although the second years can be proud of their brief comeback bid from 3-1 down at half-time to reduce the deficit to 4-3, before the first years finished them off.
At kick-off, the IM Marsh campus for once was a sea of volunteers eager to turn out for both teams, and Tara Lamb claimed the honour of being the first ever female player in the JMU Journalism World Cup when she joined the Level 2 side.
The first years were gifted an early advantage after
captain Nick Seddon made a break down the right
flank and was grateful to see his speculative cross
bundled over the line by L2 goalkeeper Joe Barnes.
At the other end, L1 ‘keeper Niall Dudley repaid that
generosity when he fumbled in a tame shot by
second years’ skipper Josh Killner, who initially
could not believe he had scored.
Jack Horrocks quickly restored the first years’ lead
by smashing home after good work by Nathan Potter,
who took time out from his captivating solo dancing
routines at left back to set up the second.
Killner, wearing the ‘lucky’ boots his mum had sent
across the country especially for the semi-final, may
well have had them on the wrong feet when he
missed a fantastic chance to equalise, served up on
a plate for him by Lamb.
Noel Reilly will also have nightmares about the opportunity he created for himself by going one-on-one with Barnes and beating his man, only to smash against the post in front of an open goal. Level 1 opened up a 3-1 lead at the break when Seddon’s centre was flicked on by Duncan Moores for Horrocks to claim his second.
The teams were happy to take a breather under the glorious blue skies of Aigburth on a surprisingly warm spring afternoon, though there was something quite breathless about the way the goals flowed after the interval.
Will Shaw headed the fourth goal for Level 1 after Moores gave him the opening, before Level 2 hit back with a curled lob by Tom Pepper, and a Paul Collins shot from the edge of the box.
Potter got the first years’ fifth with a low finish, and Michael Houghton tapped in number six. Stephen Corbett earned the goal of the game accolade courtesy of a beautiful free-kick finish from the left hand edge of the area, then Reilly made up for his earlier miss when he completed the scoring by slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
The first years will take great confidence from their eight-goal haul when they face defending champions Level 3 in the final, which will be played at IM Marsh on Thursday April 19th.
By JMU Journalism Sport
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World Cup 2012 in pictures
The first years celebrate as they open the scoring; Level 1 midfielder Chris Cunningham on the ball
World Cup 2012