By Joseph Richardson
UCLan 1sts recorded an outstanding 4-2 victory away to Manchester 2nds, despite playing the entire second half with ten men.
The game sparked into life on 35 minutes when UCLan left back Eamonn Hughes was adjudged to have elbowed an opponent, in the penalty area.
The referee awarded a spot kick and then dismissed Hughes, meaning UCLan would be a player light for almost two thirds of the match.
The penalty was emphatically scored to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Then right on the stroke of half time, striker Yves Zamrt equalised for the 1sts after a terrific team move.
The visitors made a tactical change at half time, as Will Threlkeld came on to fill the vacant left back spot.
Ten minutes after the break, UCLan took the lead for the first time in the match.
Tommy Toth stood the ball up to the back post for Andy McCreadie to tower above his marker, and bullet a header into the Manchester net.
Against the run of play, the home side levelled it, punishing UCLan for giving the ball away on the edge of their own box.
But two minutes later, up stepped captain Jamie Wynne with a 30 yard free kick.
His stunning curling effort nestled into the top corner, undoubtedly a candidate for goal of the season.
And the 1sts sealed victory when Brian Mabhena scored a tap in from just two yards, after Zamrt’s excellent run and assist.
1st team manager Shadab Iftikhar was delighted with his team’s overall display.
“Absolutely phenomenal performance. Tremendous character shown by the players. It’s up there [as one of the best performances of the season]”.
Looking ahead to next week’s cup quarter final with the UCLan 2nd’s, Iftikhar said: “They’re the favourites. It’s their cup final. It’s just another game for us.”