Newcastle University v Liverpool John Moores University

1pm  18 February 2015

BUCS Trophy, Last 16
Newcastle University 0 Liverpool John Moores University 3 (att 15)

One of my occasional forays into the world of Wednesday afternoon university football, and I was tempted to the north east by the discovery that Newcastle's Northern Alliance side have moved since my visit and now use a 3G pitch at Longbenton.

The ground is pretty much as you'd expect for a 3G pitch, floodlit and enclosed by a tall fence. An all-weather hockey pitch is next door, and the sports ground also houses three grass pitches, all of which were in use.

Newcastle and Liverpool John Moores are league rivals in Wednesday afternoon BUCS (British Universities and Colleges) football. From the league table I'd expected Newcastle to win this cup tie, but despite being the better side for most of the game they somehow lost it.

The visitors went ahead a minute before half time. Newcastle had the breeze behind them for the second half, and it seemed to be just a matter of time before they scored, but John Moores defended well and had a keeper in great form.

The afternoon got worse for the hosts when Liverpool JM broke forward and doubled their lead, with a very cool finish, after around 70 minutes. A third goal in the final moments completed  a comprehensive, if slightly fortunate, 3-0 win and a trip to Edinburgh Napier in next week's quarter finals.

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