Published on October 29, 2013 | by Dan Deakins

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UAL defensive shocker leads to heavy defeat

UAL hockey players on the attack [Mary Clarke]

UAL hockey players on the attack [Mary Clarke]

University of Greenwich 10 – 2 UAL Men’s 2nd team

The game didn’t start well for UAL, but after losing possession straight from the start, the defence and midfield stuck together and managed to keep Greenwich at bay.

Soon enough the deadlock was broken when Ed Hands scored for UAL, but almost immediately Greenwich attacked and missed an open goal.

Greenwich’s pressing was later rewarded after coming back to level the scores. Jack Vicary was solid in the UAL defence, making several great interceptions and keeping UAL in the game.

As the game wore on UAL’s defence became sloppy with their marking, and went on to concede four goals before half-time.

Opportunity

The second half began positively for UAL but they couldn’t manage to capitalise on some early possession.

Greenwich scored their sixth and soon after UAL winger Corey Downes had a golden opportunity sliding in at the near post but failed to convert.

After conceding Greenwich’s frustrating seventh goal, UAL goalkeeper Dylan Flowers was left fuming at his defence and hitting the post with his stick. The referee immediately intervened and showed him a green card for his unacceptable action.

“It was good to get a few goals in there but it was unfortunate that we lost.”

Oscar Murray

UAL’s defensive woes continued when Greenwich’s attacker practically walked through the Arts defence and finished with a scorching strike that went in off the post.

Greenwich scored again before Hands came up with a consolation goal. However, the game wasn’t finished and Greenwich finished the rout late on.

After the game, scorer of UAL’s two goals Hands said: “It’s obviously very disappointing, I think we could have done better as a team but there were mitigating circumstances that let the side down slightly.”

Oscar Murray, the captain of UAL Seconds said: “It was a really tough game, the boys played really well. Obviously we had a lot of guys that are new to the game but we played hard and we were pushing them [Greenwich] and we had a few opportunities. It was good to get a few goals in there but it was unfortunate that we lost and Greenwich played really well.”

 

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