Tom Lunn reports on a heavy defeat for UCA Men’s Football, but finds manager and coach in philosophical mood.
UCA Farnham suffered their first home defeat of the season against City of London University, at Farnham Park last Wednesday.
UCA found it difficult to capitalise on chances when it mattered, missing a penalty in the second half and missing the clinical touch in the final third. City, by contrast, managed to score three in the first half.
Farnham’s best chance to get back into the game came from the spot after the ball was blocked intentionally on the line, the City player receiving a red card for his goalkeeping efforts.
Despite going down to 10 men, City netted a fourth just five minutes after the sending off.
A consolation goal saw UCA come back to life with just 30 minutes to play. Tensions grew with the away side receiving a yellow card and the ref having a word with their manager to calm things down.
With Farnham pressing to attempt a comeback, the game became very open and both sides saw chances to grab late goals. City struck the crossbar late on and kept the hope alive for UCA.
Shots continued to glide just over or wide of the posts; the lack of finesse certainly cost UCA the most.
Farnham will hope to get back to winning ways next time out.
Daniel Mountney, UCA’s Coach said: “there definitely were some positives to take from the game.” He added that the game gives UCA something to work on but also gives them something to look at and say, ‘we are good enough. We can improve and we are a decent team’.”
Mountney said: “I feel like it wasn’t a deserved scoreline whatsoever. We played really well in the opening 20 minutes. Defensive mistakes were the issue, we switched off at the back we didn’t create enough chances.
“The second half was a much improved performance we created a lot more and dominated the ball. The missed penalty was kind of the turning point for both sides, really.
“They took their chances in the first half really well and we didn’t really create a lot. We had a few one-on-ones, hit the post, and missed the penalty. Just pretty unlucky, really.”
Reflecting more on the game, Mountney added: “I’ve had a bit of time to think on it now. They were the stronger team, they created a lot more and took their chances when they had them. We didn’t play badly; it was a positive performance.”
Player-Manager Luke Hosken said they’d be gutted even if they lost by just one goal, but at least it would have been a ‘fairer result.’
He also agreed with Mountney concerning the misses saying: “if we scored that penalty it would have been a very different game.”