Ducks boss ‘knew win would come’ as Garcia and Cooper get the goals in season opener

Ducks boss Tony Joyce knew the win would come despite waiting until the 83rd minute for the opening goal
Ducks boss Tony Joyce knew the win would come despite waiting until the 83rd minute for the opening goal
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Tony Joyce said he ‘always knew the goals would come’ after the Ducks left it late to see off Stotfold 2-0 in the season opener on Wednesday night.

A Warren Garcia strike seven minutes from the end finally broke down a stubborn Stotfold and handed United the first of what Joyce hopes will be many wins this season.

Summer singing Ian Cooper added the gloss when he found the net in stoppage time to make it 2-0 and leave Joyce purring.

“I’m really pleased with the win and getting off to a great start,” he said.

“We did OK, Stotfold came to defend and hit us on the break, which they did well, they were a decent side. We had lots of chances and it was one of those where I always knew the goal was coming. It was a bit late, but it did come,” Joyce added.

Aylesbury had struggled to get through a very strong visiting defence and had looked set to be held to a frustrating 0-0.

But, they kept their heads and Joyce says their firepower gives them an edge.

“We’re good up front,” he added.

“We’ve got Ian Cooper and Stacey Field who scored 30 goals each last season.

“We’ve certainly got a goal in us. And we look a lot more solid behind now, so it’s looking good.”

United travel to Hillingdon Borough, who lost their opening game of the season 3-0, for their second league match this Saturday (3pm kick off).

The Ducks sit fifth in the fledgling table.