By Luke Antipas – reporter
The UCLan men’s 4th football team beat the Keele University 2nds 3-0 in a windy and well-contested cup tie.
Goals from Jack Howarth, George Kelly and Grant Cameron mean that the 4ths advance to the last 16 after a trip down the M6.
The game started with a typical high-tempo that is expected of a cup tie, yet chances in the early exchanges were few and far between.
Keele’s Craig Mitchell registered the only significant effort in the first 20 minutes, with UCLan goalkeeper Rob Charles-Jones saving comfortably.
The visitors began to grow into the game and Jack Howarth soon put UCLan ahead after a neat exchange of passes with Grant Cameron on the edge of the box.
Within 30 seconds, it was 2-0 after Kelly pounced on some sloppy play from the centre kick to punish the home side; his eighth of the season in all competitions.
Ten minutes later, after some good UCLan possession, Cameron made it 3-0 finishing nicely to Edward Amos’s right in the Keele goal.
The hosts improved after the break but could not find a way through a resilient UCLan defence with centre-backs Lewis McGrath and Jack Price proving particularly solid.
Into the second half and the first key incident came when Kelly was shown a yellow card for a crunching tackle on Keele skipper Tom Harrison.
The captain of the home side couldn’t carry on after injuring his ankle and had to sit out the remainder of the game.
The 3-0 win sees them play the Liverpool 3rd team away in the next round on the 25th of November.
After the game, I spoke to man of the match, Lewis McGrath who said: “It was all about the team performance in tricky conditions.”