Anders Mjaaland and Liam Deveney both scored in the last 10 minutes to give Level 2 a winning start to their JMU Journalism World Cup campaign, as Level 3 crashed out of the tournament after another 2-0 defeat.


Tom Broughton’s Level 2 team fully deserved their victory as his side, powered by Norwegian trio Anders Mjaaland, Iver Kleiven and first year Vegard Grott, dominated the opening period at IM Marsh. The second years seemed to be playing with six forwards in the early phase as they laid siege to the Level 3 goal.


Unleashed from the shackles of his glasses, Chris Shaw turned in a man-of-the-match performance for the third years, using his new contact lenses to great effect with a series of important defensive headers. Shaw almost scored a hat-trick of own goals when those clearing headers passed dangerously close to the post, but he was a tower of strength at the back as the second years launched a wave of menacing attacks in the first half.


Behind him, goalkeeper Danny Masters held Level 2 at bay

for 80 minutes, with outstanding save after save when the

post or crossbar wasn’t repeatedly coming to his rescue.

Broughton, Kleiven and Mjaaland all hit the frame of the goal,

until a deflected shot by Mjaaland finally took a fortunate

bounce when it clipped the underside of the bar before

going into the net.


Almost immediately, the lead was doubled when first year

loan ranger Deveney sliced a curling drive into the corner,

though the sprightly 39-year-old mature student may come to

regret his effort on behalf of the second years. Level 1 now

need a victory in the JMU Journalism World Cup decider on

April 25th, when a draw would have been enough if the captain of the first years had not hit the target for L2.


Level 1 and Level 2 have identical goal difference records, so next Sunday’s match between the teams at the IM Marsh campus is a winner-takes-all affair, with a penalty shoot-out to determine the trophy’s destiny if the scores are level after 90 minutes.


The Level 3 team can take small comfort from the fact that they always managed to field a full-strength squad of third years in their games. However, the harsh reality is Level 3 exited from the JMU Journalism World Cup without scoring a single goal, and that is sure to haunt them beyond graduation this summer.


Our thanks once again go to Steve Grace and the groundsman at IM Marsh for the use of the great facilities at IM Marsh.




Level 3 out as late goals earn Level 2 win

By John Mathews, Journalism Lecturer

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