UCLan Men’s 1sts got their Northern 2A season off to a winning start with a 3-1 win over Bangor.
The home side were two goals to the good at the break, courtesy of right back Jack Connolly and striker Yves Zamrt. They made it 3-0 midway through the second half with Adrián Garcia’s superb strike.
Bangor were then reduced to ten men, before pulling a goal back which would prove mere consolation.
Captain Jamie Wynne was pleased with the result. “That’s all I wanted, three points. We probably should have kept a clean sheet at the end, but all the lads worked hard today. We deserved it.”
Wynne was quietly confident about his side’s chances of success this term. “If we play like that or kick on from that definitely [we can win the league].”
With 18 minutes on the watch, Connolly opened the scoring. Zamrt’s deflected shot fell kindly into the path of the UCLan right back, who then stroked the ball home showing real composure.
Zamrt then doubled UCLan’s advantage, finishing emphatically into the top corner.
The game was then made safe by UCLan’s man of the match, Spanish midfielder Garcia. The ball fell to him 25 yards out and his first time effort was magnificent, sailing over the hapless visiting goalkeeper.
A dramatic couple of minutes then followed. Bangor went down to ten men, and then having hardly threatened in the whole game scored.
A late fight back was not forthcoming, UCLan left back Eamonn Hayles’ free-kick clattering the bar in stoppage time.
A winning start to UCLan 1st’s campaign, but there should be sterner tests to come. A difficult trip to Chester awaits them next week.