Hockey 1sts crowned champions after crushing victory over Edge Hill

By Jack Wynne


 

UCLan sealed promotion in style by putting eight past their opponents on the final day of the season.

Captain Matt Geldard admitted: “It’s an amazing feeling to be crowned champions especially after defeat to Bangor two weeks ago almost squandered our chances.”

Word had spread that Bangor had just pulled off a late victory against Cumbria, meaning three points was all that stood between UCLan and the title.

After a frustrating start and numerous saves from the opposition keeper midfielder Liam Cassidy broke the deadlock drilling home from a short corner.

The home side started with real intensity and a second goal came moments later when midfielder Phil West scored from two yards out after striker Andy Harvey’s initial drive was blocked.

Midfielder, Oli Bowen made it three in the 16th minute capitalizing on some slack defending by the opposition to find the goal from six yards out.

UCLan have been dangerous from short corners all season with Liam Cassidy providing that cutting edge and he turned up once more to make victory near certain.

Into the second half and UCLan continued to dominate when Phil West bagged his second from close range after some good dribbling down the left from Oli Bowen.

The game started to look like a training exercise when Matt Geldard added a sixth from distance in the 41st minute.

Edge Hill did grab a consolation but Andy Harvey replied instantly with a strike from outside the box.

Into the last few minutes and John Kilmartin completed the rout, scoring from two yards out to round off a convincing performance and secure promotion.

On the final day of the season UCLan managed, against all the odds to walk away with the title and the annihilation today will pave the way for celebrations long into the night.


 

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