By Joseph Richardson
UCLan 3rds got their first win of the BUCS season with a deserved 2-1 victory away at Keele 1sts.
They made a perfect start, Chris Simmons rolling the ball home from close range, after only five minutes. Just a minute later, Keele were awarded a contentious penalty which they converted to level the scores.
UCLan had to wait until deep into the second half to regain their lead, when Liam Molloy’s deflected shot wrong-footed the Keele goalkeeper.
Manager and Chairman Jack Le Huray was full of praise for his team’s performance.
“I’m absolutely over the moon. The performance today was probably the best I’ve seen in a UCLan kit in my three years here.”
It was a frenetic start to the match, Simmons played in to score brilliantly by man of the match Molloy. UCLan’s lead was cancelled out almost immediately. The Keele penalty-taker showed nerves of steel, sending goalkeeper Zach Levers the wrong way.
UCLan then went close when Tom Rogers’ cross cannoned off a defender, forcing an excellent point blank save from the Keele ‘keeper.
The home side offered little going forward, although they hit the bar on the half hour directly from a corner kick. Then right on the stroke of half time, Attah made a terrific goal-line clearance to keep his side level at the break.
Into the second half and the visitors began to grow increasingly frustrated at not being able to find that elusive goal. Keele grew in confidence and had two good chances to make UCLan’s task a lot harder.
But finally UCLan’s goal arrived with 15 minutes left. The excellent Molloy’s goal bound shot took a wicked deflection, taking the ball beyond the unfortunate home goalkeeper, sparking celebrations of pure relief.
UCLan saw the game out comfortably to pick up their first three points of their campaign.