It was a very tough day at the office for the UCLan 1st football team as they were convincingly beaten 6-0 by an excellent University of Newcastle side.
Three goals in either half saw Newcastle return to the North East with all three points as UCLan now must turn their attention to the cup competition next week.
It was a promising opening for UCLan as Taran Jheeta (Tee) returned to the starting line-up and had the first chance of the game as he skipped away from one man before firing a strike from long distance; straight into the arms of Newcastle goalkeeper, Harrison Avery.
A change in formation for UCLan to a more defensive system didn’t get off to the best of starts as after the home side survived a goalmouth scramble; the resulting corner was headed home by Joe Hamplin with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
Louis McCarthy had to be at his best to keep the scoreline at one producing a couple of good saves as UCLan struggled to compete with Newcastle’s quick passing and movement.
Newcastle deservedly doubled their lead just before the half hour mark as Oliver Walker found space on the edge of the UCLan area and bent a superb effort into the corner of the net.
It didn’t get any better for UCLan soon after as they were once again caught on the counter attack by Newcastle and the away side made it 3-0 through Tom Woodier who fired low into the bottom left hand corner.
UCLan had a chance to strike back minutes later with a good move down the right as Alain Pons crossed into the area for Danny Burns who turned and fired against the post but unfortunately his effort rebounded back into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Burns had another good opportunity just after the half time interval when the ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the area but he could only direct his shot straight at Avery.
Any chances of a comeback from UCLan where dashed when Walker got his second of the game finishing from close range after finding himself unmarked in the middle of the area.
The introduction of Alex Chu, from the bench, helped UCLan as they began to play on the front foot and the captain saw his well-struck volley from the edge of area sail just over the bar.
Just after the hour mark UCLan were punished again as they allowed Newcastle to get in behind the defence and despite McCarthy’s best efforts he was unable to stop the ball falling to the feet of Woodier who smashed the ball home for his second.
UCLan were still attempting to create chances and were unlucky not to get a goal back when a drilled ball from Danny Byrne was expertly controlled by Burns before he fired his shot just wide of the post.
Newcastle rounded off the scoring 20 minutes from time as Jake Salisbury arrived late at the back post to tap home after Newcastle had moved the ball well down the right-hand side of the pitch.
Assistant manager George McNally was frustrated by the performance from the players: “It was the complete opposite to what I was expecting. They’re disappointed. I’m disappointed.
“Collectively they (the players) were second best whether that’s down to the way we set up or their work rate. I’m deflated to say the least.”