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Men's Football 3rd's Narrow Defeat To Wembley

Men's Football 3rd's Narrow Defeat To Wembley

UEL went in to this one off the back of some good form, with wins in their previous two games. Wembley were visibly a side full of height and physicality, so this would prove to be a game between physical, passing teams.  In a calamitous start for UEL, the visitors benefitted from a bouncing ball in the UEL defence, only to lob the onrushing keeper, taking the lead in the first minute. The following ten minutes seemed to see an improvement in intensity and communication from the home team, however a defence-splitting pass in the tenth minute saw the UEL keeper beaten twice by skilful footwork to go 2-0 down.

The next few minutes saw a couple of fine saves between the UEL sticks to keep the score down to 2. However, in the 17th and 20th minutes the score line doubled, resulting in some UEL heads dropping. Another 15 minutes passed with UEL trying to fight their way back in to the game, but a lucky rebound from a good save resulted in the away side taking a 5-0 lead. To reinforce just how much of a miserable half it had been for UEL they conceded for a sixth time 5 minutes before half time.

To give the hosts the slimmest of hopes on the stroke of half time, captain Kieran Baldwin caught the keeper off his line and lobbed home from the edge of the centre circle to make the first half score line 1-6. After a stern discussion at half time, the UEL boys took to the field to play for their pride, which it is safe to say they did in the second half. An excellent move from their opponents, as their striker cut in off the left wing to fire home excellently was the only goal in a fierce second period.

UEL played with a high press, which on numerous occasions saw Jack Davis, who was now playing more centrally, benefit and burst forward with pace. UEL’s man of the match, Kieran Baldwin, continued to dictate the Blue’s attacks from a deeper central role. UEL hit the post mid-way through what was a relatively eventless second half compared to the first, but a disastrous first 45 minutes cost the side from East London.

Match report by Lewis McKean.