UL Sport Amputee Football Club took all 6 points in Lancashire on Saturday to move to second place in the EAFA Premier League. Wins over Manchester City FC and Everton FC saw ULSFC make up for a disappointing set of results in Manchester in Janurary. The team lost both their games after the Christmas break and fell to fourth in the table but two very solid performances yesterday put UL right back in contention for the title.
UL took on Man City in their first game and ran out 2-1 victors. In the early fixture City had beaten Everton comfortably 3-0. UL started with a high intensity and got a deserved reward for their efforts halfway through the first half as Dave Saunders tucked the ball home from a Craig Dowling corner. City hit back before the break, however, as Mickey Chambers struck a deflected shot past UL keeper James Conroy. There were chances for both teams to win in the second half but it was UL's striker Craig Dowling who clinched the winner. Alan Wall struck a fine ball to Dowling who, with his back to goal, flicked the ball first time over the shoulders of both the last defender and goalkeeper who rushed to close him down.
UL beat Everton in their second fixture by the narrowest of margins, 1-0. Everton had run UL ragged in Manchester in Janurary beating them 4-1 but this time out the Limerick side were determined to defend to a much higher standard. They did so and forced Everton onto the back foot, creating a number of chances, and eventually winning the game at the death. Kevin 'Butch' Cahillane struck calmly into the back of the Everton net, 2 minutes from time, when a lose ball fell to him with the Toffee's keeper struggling to get back into position. In truth there was very little between the sides on the day but UL just did enough to secure the 3 points in a tightly contested game.
Nearing the halfway point in the league, Everton lead UL on goal difference with City sitting 3 points behind in 3rd. With the southern region to play next weekend Peterborough have an opportunity to go top if they can take 6 points from their fixtures against Arsenal and Portsmouth. The EAFA Premier League is proving to be a cracking contest and there is no doubt there will be numerous twist and turns at the top between now and June.