By Joseph Richardson
UCLan 1sts slumped to a 5-2 home defeat to Manchester Met 1sts, but the game was overshadowed by captain Jamie Wynne’s serious injury.
Manchester Met opened the scoring after 17 minutes, and then doubled their lead just five minutes later. UcLan were then given a lifeline when Adrian Garcia scored a penalty.
Midway through the second half, the visitors restored their two goal advantage, before scoring a fourth which sealed the game.
Substitute Moss Sirisom pulled a goal back for UCLan, but the home side conceded again.
There was a 15 minute stoppage whilst Wynne was stretchered off the pitch with a suspected broken ankle after 75 minutes.
It was a high tempo start to the game with Man Met looking threatening on the counter attack, which resulted in the first goal.
A cross was parried by UCLan goalkeeper Ruairi McDaid straight into the path of the onrushing striker, who tapped home.
Brian Mabhena and Adrian Garcia then missed two guilt edged chances to equalise, and they were punished.
A classic counter attack again from Man Met caught UcLan cold, topped off with a wonderful chipped finish over the goalkeeper.
Two minutes later, Jamie Wynne was tripped in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Garcia’s kick squeezed into the bottom corner, to halve the deficit. Tempers then frayed between the teams.
Garcia should have been sent off for an off the ball incident that was missed by the referee.
The Manchester manager was then sent off, incensed that the Spaniard hadn’t been given the red card.
Man Met regained their focus and scored the third with brilliant interplay.
After the loss of their captain, UCLan capitulated, conceding two very soft goals.
Manager Shadab was disappointed with the performance. “It wasn’t good enough. The most important thing was we didn’t play well. We didn’t stamp our authority on the game.”
On Wynne’s injury he had this to say. “He’s gone to hospital. We need to hear what they say before we comment on that.”