By Jordan Parker – Reporter
UCLan men’s football 1st team secured their first three points of the season after comfortably beating Sheffield Hallam 4-1.
With little action in the first half, the home team broke the deadlock just before the interval when Alain Pons crossed the ball to the far post where Danny Burns was unmarked and had time to bring the ball down and slot it into the bottom corner.
Sheffield Hallam equalised after 15 minutes of the second half kicking off.
A long ball over the top led to a miscommunication between the UCLan centre back and goalkeeper, which left Hallam’s Torban Hierl to head the ball over the keeper into the net.
Three minutes after the equaliser, UCLan were given a penalty after Terry Cummings was brought down in the penalty area.Pons stepped up to take the penalty and placed the ball into the middle right side of the net.
The home side began to take control from this point on.
Just two minutes after the penalty, it was now the captain’s turn to get a goal.
A great cross from Burns picked out Jake Connolly at the far post who headed onto the bar, the ball kindly fell to Alex Chu who smashed the ball into the net on the half volley.
There was no way back for Hallam at this point, the player’s heads were dropping and this gave UCLan another chance to extend their lead.
A quick goal kick from Lewis McCarthy sent the home side on the counter attack, Cummings took the ball down, beat his opponent and drilled it low into the bottom left corner from 20 yards out.
A consolation was on the cards for the away side as they were given a free-kick on the edge of the UCLan area.
Striker Hierl took the set piece which was whistling into the bottom left corner, only to be saved by the fingertips of UCLan’s goalkeeper McCarthy.
With five minutes to go, Hallam’s, Harry Flowers was shown a second yellow card for a bad tackle and was sent off.
Chances came and went for both sides throughout the 90 minutes, but it was UCLan who took theirs superbly claiming all three points in a cracking display from the team.
Assistant Manager George McNally said after the victory: “Every player on the pitch from UCLan was superb. Not one of them let themselves down. Everyone was class on the ball and we dominated a poor Hallam side.”