By Ben Reardon
UCLan’s third team bowed out of the Northern Cup following a 4-1 defeat at home to Manchester Metropolitan on Wednesday.
Despite a second- half Toby Geis goal the hosts succumbed to a 4-1 defeat against their Mancunian opponents, in a score-line which was harsh on UCLan.
The hosts started proceedings well, with Chris Simmons forcing the keeper to parry the ball away early on, having struck a right-footed effort.
Charlie Scholes then curled his effort into the grateful grasp of the keeper, as Jack Le Huray’s side started brightly.
Up the other end, UCLan keeper Zach Leavers had to do well to keep out a looping header, mid-way through the first half, which took a touch off Luke Charlston.
After 38 minutes, somewhat against the run of play, Manchester were ahead, with the centre forward curling a right-footed effort into the top corner from a tight angle, having originally rounded Leavers.
UCLan were being reduced to half-chances towards the end of the half, with Tom Rogers and Simmons both going close.
Luke Charlston then did well to clear behind for a corner, as the Mancunians pressed.
13 minutes after the interval, Manchester had a second.
A goal-mouth scramble lead to Manchester’s forward tapping home, with UCLan now two down.
However, almost immediately from kick-off, UCLan found a way back into the tie, through Toby Geis.
Geis received a square ball, before taking a touch and rifling a right-footed drive,which skidded off the turf, into the far corner.
UCLan threw everything at their opponents in the closing stages, and were unable to find an equaliser, and were once again reduced to minimal openings.
Those missed opportunities lead to two Manchester goals in eight minutes, with a counter-attack resulting in a tap in past the static Leavers, after 72 minutes, before a well-worked passing move resulted in a timely finish into the bottom corner with 10 minutes left to wrap up the win.