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UEL in Hard-Fought Win Over Chichester

UEL Men's football team

UEL in Hard-Fought Win Over Chichester

University of East London’s first team ran out 1-0 victors in their homes fixture against University of Chichester thanks to a late Ellis Brittan goal on Wednesday. UEL had the slightly better start in this close contest, as they looked to press in their 4-2-3-1 formation as well as attacking the wings, most notably through Akwasi Marfodiniho.

The home side had the better of the early opportunities with a couple of shots coming close. Sam Cassell’s strike from the edge of the area being the one of the efforts that sailed just over. However they came closest to scoring when Adele Joshua whipped in a free kick from wide which almost caught Chichester by surprise as it rebounded clear off the cross bar. Chichester did grow into the half as it progressed however, and managed a couple of threatening shots from distance which both flew wide of UEL ‘keeper Tom Wright’s goal. Overall the half was evenly contested, and this continued in the second half.

Striker Michael Ogboin almost put the hosts ahead on a couple of occasions with two strong runs in the second half, but Chichester keeper was even to both of the finishes. At the other end, a Chichester corner caused a scramble in the box, which eventually brought out a vital double save by Tom Wright.

There hadn’t been much to separate the two sides for the majority of the match, but UEL broke the deadlock with less than 10 minutes to play when substitute Ellis Brittan converted his chance that fell from a Marfodiniho cross. The goal lifted the team’s spirits and they were able to see out the window with a strong performance for the remainder of the match. The win keeps UEL 5th in the table, ahead of Chichester, as well as putting them in touching distance of Bath and Hartpury, with games in hand on both teams.

Match report by Dan Grimes