Cotentin. French Football Cup: Théo Lejeune, unexpected hero of PL Octeville


Usual field player, Théo Lejeune replaced Damien Fekih, injured, in the cages of PL Octeville on Sunday against Bricquebec.  He stopped two shots on goal, including that of François Launey (photo), contributing greatly to the achievement of his team.
Usual field player, Théo Lejeune replaced Damien Fekih, injured, in the cages of PL Octeville on Sunday against Bricquebec. He stopped two shots on goal, including that of François Launey (photo), contributing greatly to the achievement of his team. (©DP)

“In addition to having been the revelation of this match, he is really a good guy in life. The compliment is signed Tony Godheux, the coach of the PL Octeville (D2), and it concerns Théo Lejeune, his makeshift goalkeeper, hero of the surprise qualification of the Greens against Bricquebec (R3) (1-1, tab 5-4). « It’s the whole team who ensured », modestly slips the usual outfield player, who took his first football license only last year.

Sitting on the substitute benchnumber 12 on the back, Théo Lejeune did not expect to be highlighted in this Sunday, September 11, 2022 afternoon. His team led 1-0 thanks to a goal from Benoît Riou from the 3e minute, when goalkeeper Damien Fekih injured his knee in the action of the Bricquebétaise equalizer, just before half-time.

“We discussed with the other substitutes, I was ready to go in goal if necessary. The final decision rests with the coach. »

Theo Lejeune

The Octevillais therefore put on the gloves, a discovery for him. “I had never played in that position, except with friends. I was attacking last season and I’m on the side this year”, sums up the young man of almost 23 years old, logistician at Petit Vapoteur. He took advantage of the break to warm up. “My goal was not to commit a dumpling! “Well helped by his partners, Théo Lejeune was not much worried in the second period. “The team did the job and I didn’t have much to achieve, just an easy save and a few aerial runs. »

« I can only dive from one side! » »

The score remained at 1-1 and the hour of shoot to the net has therefore arrived. “I was less stressed than during the match, because I had nothing to lose. Penalties, make or break! “, smiles the goalkeeper for a day, who then confides:

“I only know how to dive from one side, so my teammate Antoine Doucet told me: The side where you can’t, you run! »

Theo Lejeune

Tactical paying, since Théo Lejeune stopped two shots on goal in this way, those of François Launey and Elouan Hamon. « I anticipated during their run-up and they didn’t see me… »

The Octeville shooters ensured and Nathanaël Lecesne scored the last penalty, that of the qualification of the PLO. The 250 spectators present at the Jean-Tesson stadium were then able to celebrate the feat of the Greens, who managed to close the two divisions gap and thus join the 4e round of the Coupe de France, a milestone that the club had not reached for 20 years. « We had set ourselves the objective of having the jerseys », underlines Théo Lejeune, who will leave his place to Benjamin Lehoussel in goal, during the unavailability of Damien Fekih. “I do not intend to remain a goalkeeper! he laughs.

The qualifiers

The Manchoise teams in the running for the 4th round, which will take place on September 24 and 25 (draw tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.).

N2 (entrance)
Grandville.

N3
Cherbourg, Saint-Lo.

R1
Tourlaville.

R2
Saint-Pair-sur-Mer, Ducey-Isigny.

R3
Val de Saire, Côte des Isles, FC 3 Rivières, FC des Etangs, Jullouville-Sartilly.

D1
Thereval.

D2
PL Octeville, Saint-Martin Saint-Jean.

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