James Campbell scored four as Longlevens eased past Penn & Tylers Green 7-1 to advance into the 2nd round of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup.
Longlevens, who were knocked out of the GFA Trophy last weekend after losing on penalties at Thornbury Town, flew out of the blocks and nearly took the lead inside the first sixty seconds. Myron Turner rounded goalkeeper Mo Mustafa but his cross in was blocked.
Just seconds later the hosts opened the scoring, when Shaun O’Connor’s driven effort fell kindly for Craig Martin. The club captain held off his man as he spun on the edge of the box and fired home, despite a strong arm from Mustafa who couldn’t keep it out.
Myron Turner dragged an effort just wide moments after as Longlevens looked really in the mood for a big win. They didn’t have to wait too long for their second. It came on 8 minutes as a loose back pass was leapt on by Campbell. The forward rounded Mustafa to calmly double Levens’ lead.
Shaun O’Connor fired over and Harry Emmett blasted at Mustafa as Longlevens were rampant in the early exchanges. The visitors were struggling to put passes together and looked panicked everytime the red & black wall pressed them.
Mason Lewis was then at the end of a move that was worthy of gracing stadia like the Camp Nou as Levens were opening triangles up all around their opponents. Mustafa again denying the Longlevens full back as he tried to squeeze one in at the near post.
Mustafa was soon beaten again, but this time James Campbell’s 30 yard effort whistled just wide.
Just before the half hour mark smart play from the visitors saw Rashid Hamid in on the right hand side of the box. The Penn & Tylers Green man hit a driven effort in that Ash Wintle would gobble up 99 times out of 100, unfortunately for him the ball squirmed under Wintle, Rob Green vs USA at World Cup 2010 style. The deficit was halved and the game was on.
Eights minutes later and Longlevens had their two goal lead back. Not just that, they would also take a man advantage. After another poor pass back fell to Myron Turner, the ball was laid to Shaun O’Connor who was hacked down in on goal by Charlie Lane. The Penn & Tylers Green man was correctly dismissed.
Jonty Welch stepped up to fire in a daisy cutter that nestled in the bottom corner. Three nearly became four before half time as Mason Lewis breezed forward once more. His cross was deflected onto the bar by Campbell.
O’Connor went close again, this time his shot from a Harry Emmett square was superbly cleared off the line by Fred Tripp.
Five minutes into the second half and Levens got their fourth goal. After the visiting defence let the ball run across them, James Campbell leapt onto it and slotted the ball home.
Within ninety seconds Campbell had completed his hattrick. After Craig Martin challenged substitute Dom Brown, Campbell carried the ball into the box before leaving Mustafa no chance in goal.
Shaun O’Connor fired just over from 25 yards and then hit the post from just inside the box as his quest for a goal was destined to be unsuccessful.
Two goals in the final minute of normal time completed the goal scoring for Longlevens who were superb throughout the 90 minutes.
First James Campbell curled in a beautiful effort from outside the box to notch his fourth, then as Levens pressed the visitors from kick off Myron Turner won the ball, charged in one on one and got the goal his performance deserved.
Longlevens advance into the next round, where they will be joined by fellow Gloucestershire sides Bishops Cleeve, Brimscombe & Thrupp, Tuffley Rovers & Cheltenham Saracens – who all won their first round ties this afternoon.
Longlevens: Wintle, Barnett (Dunn), Squires, Smyllie, Lewis (Roach), Welch (Long), Martin, Emmett, Campbell, O’Connor, Turner
Subs Not Used: None
Penn & Tylers Green: Mustafa, Pearce (Blanford), Bains, Lane, Tripp, Brittain (Brown), Stables, Khan (Fletcher), Hamid, Raju, Etefia
Subs Not Used: None
Severn Sport Man Of The Match – James Campbell (Longlevens)