UEL Mens Football 2nds in Emphatic Win
UEL Men's Football 2nds in Emphatic Win
University of East London’s second team beat Essex University 9-2 in their first League game of the season.
Both teams set up in a similar way, as they opted for one up top with five in midfield, meaning the match was likely to be decided by which team wins their midfield battles. This became increasingly evident early on, as UEL’s holding midfielders Yonaton and Jamal continued to win their first and second balls.
It was Yonaton who put UEL ahead with a left footed volley from outside the area, before lone-striker Tosin doubled the score line following a flowing team move that started with defence playing out from the back confidently. Tosin’s pace continued to cause problems, and eventually led to him getting in behind for his second goal.
UEL’s tricky winger Santiago then added a fourth, before Tosin converted Santiago’s rebounded shot to make it five, and complete his deserved first-half hat-trick. UEL then made it six on the stroke of half time, when Jamal’s corner was deflected into Essex’s net via one of their defenders, for an unfortunate own goal.
Essex picked themselves up in the second half and started brightly, pulling a goal back by the hour and being unlucky not to get more. However UEL soon found their form once more, when Jamal comfortably swept home UEL’s seventh of the day.
However, this didn’t deter Essex, as their striker cleverly found some space and finished the chance well to make it 7-2. Essex could have clawed one or two more back, if it wasn’t for some solid goalkeeping by UEL’s ‘keeper Keola.
Attacking midfielder Ellis then capped his strong performance with an impressive brace before Full Time to conclude the scoring, meaning the result well and truly reflected UEL’s dominance at 9-2.
Reporting by Dan Grimes.