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Lewes FC made a dream start to their first European campaign, with Kalvin Lumbombo-Kalala’s first-half header securing the win over FC Oslo in the Fenix Trophy.

The Lewes goal came in the 16th minute after great work down the right-wing from Guyanese international Deon Moore, who beat the FC Oslo left-back and crossed to Lumbombo-Kalala who headed home at the back-post, adding a European goal to his four league goals already scored this campaign. 

Before this evening FC Oslo had only conceded one goal in their last eight games, scoring 33. However, they didn’t look like a side full of confidence and failed to register a single shot in the first-half that was dominated by Lewes. 

Lewes would have been further in front had Keiran Murtagh’s effort not come back off the bar after a thunderous strike from 25-yards early on.

Despite this, Lewes did not keep up the same intensity in the second-half with two long stoppages for injuries, eventually leading to Archie Tamplin, the second-half substitute being stretchered off in the 73rd minute.

FC Oslo were ultimately unable to capitalise on the eight minutes of injury-time and the defeat leaves them bottom of Group D, while Lewes are now joint leaders with KSK Beveren, who they will meet next in Belgium. 

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June 2024