With many of their regulars first team players unavailable, Leven MC saw their first match of the season end in defeat in the first round of the Senior Cup.
The game started very even, with both teams having opportunities to take the lead. After a tightly contested first half, neither team could break the deadlock and at half time the score was 0-0.
The game came to life in the second half as Middleton Rover’s patient build up play quickly established a deserved 2-0 lead. The match became increasingly stretched as Leven MC looked to press on to get back into the game.
This pressure then turned into a goal as Ryan Sylvestri scored a composed on his debut. The fightback was halted however when Middleton Rovers scored a third and seemingly sealed the victory. Nevertheless, Leven’s debutant battled his way through Middleton’s defence to find his second goal in a Leven shirt and the game was tight again at 3-2.
At this point in the match Leven MC found themselves having to finish the game with only 10 men after a nasty looking knee injury to their third substitute Liam Johnson meant he was forced to come off the pitch. Despite fatigue setting in, Leven continued to give everything to find a way back into the game. However whilst Leven committed men forward to find the equaliser, this inevitably lead to a counter attack and lead to Middleton Rovers wrapping the game up with a well taken fourth goal in the final seconds of the game.
A disappointing result for a rusty looking Leven but a deserved victory for Middleton Rovers after a fine performance away from home. Leven MC wishes Middleton Rovers all the best in the second round of the cup.
Leven MC – 2
Middleton Rovers – 4
Leven MC Man of The Match – Ryan Sylvestri