Longlevens to meet Gloucester City in final after 2-0 win over Tuffley Rovers

Longlevens will play Gloucester City in the final of the first ever Severn Sport Shield after beating Hellenic League rivals Tuffley Rovers 2-0 at Thornhill Park.

After Gloucester City defeated hosts Slimbridge on Tuesday evening the attention turned to the two Hellenic rivals, with a place in the final up for grabs.

Both sides came out of the traps and looked to take control in the opening minutes, before Longlevens broke the deadlock through Myron Turner.

Turner, who impressed throughout his stint on the field, headed a cross from the right hand side beyond Tuffley keeper Kane Winman.

From there Longlevens controlled the first half, limited Tuffley to set pieces and a couple of long range shots, specifically youngster Josh Claxton who saw his 25 yard screamer beaten away by Levens’ 1st half keeper Liam Best.

There was a moment of concern for Harry Walker of Tuffley Rovers, as he limped off after tripping over as he attempted to lead a Tuffley counter attack.

The young line ups that were on show were getting stuck in and it was evident that both sides were desperate to get one over their local rivals.

In the second half Longlevens brought on first team players including Craig Martin, Kieran Squires and the likes of Shaun O’Connor, Ryan Dunn & Jay Kennedy who were all making their first appearances for Longlevens this pre-season.

It was Kennedy who secured the win for Levens as he cut in from the right hand side and delivered a cross to the back post. Craig Martin threw himself at the ball, got nowhere near it and the ball nestled in the bottom corner.

From there Longlevens suffocated the game and saw the game out in convincing style. They will go on to play Gloucester City in the final of the Severn Sport Shield on Saturday afternoon, with the game kicking off at 3:30pm.

Tuffley Rovers will play Slimbridge in the 3rd place play off that kicks off on Saturday at 12:30pm. A reminder that if either game finishes a draw then it will go straight to a penalty shoot-out.

After the game we spoke to Longlevens manager Mark Moore and Tuffley Rovers player/assistant manager Alex O’Leary about their sides’ performances.