By Joe Richardson – reporter
UCLan 1sts booked their place in the Northern Conference Cup quarter finals with an emphatic 5-2 win over the University of Manchester 2nds.
Manchester undeservedly equalised on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1, but second-half goals from Yves Zama, Jake Connolly and Shaun Kelly sealed victory for UCLan, before the visitors scored a consolation penalty.
Despite losing to the same opponents in the league last week, UCLan were by far the better side, and after spurning four great chances to take the lead, they finally scored.
Connolly sent in a corner which Ste Whitley nodded home via a deflection, to give the home side the lead.
Connolly and Zama should have scored to make it two, as UCLan were then punished for not taking their chances.
Manchester broke quickly and striker Raffael Gure scored to make it 1-1 at half time.
UCLan came out all guns blazing in the second half, and within three minutes of the restart, they were in front again – Zama was put through one-on-one and slotted the ball home confidently.
Then just five minutes later, the impressive striker scored his second.
He showed great composure to jink past one defender, and smashed the ball into the bottom corner giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Manchester really did not offer anything, as it continued to be a comfortable afternoon for UCLan, who made it 4-1, 20 minutes from time.
Captain Josh Dunroe floated a free kick in and Kelly nodded it across the six-yard box for Connolly to head home, unmarked.
Kelly then added gloss to the score line with a stunning 25-yard strike that arrowed into the top corner to make it five.
Manchester won a penalty with the last kick of the game, which Cameron McFee tucked away.
But UCLan march on and now face an away trip to Leeds Beckett Carnegie 2nds, for a place in the semi-finals.