UEL denied victory late on
PUBLISHED: 16:40 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:41 12 February 2015
University of East London third team 2 University of Essex second team 2
The third football team for the University of East London (UEL) nearly pulled off a win on Wednesday against the Essex fourth squad, but a late equaliser from Essex saw them share the spoils in a 2-2 draw at UEL’s Beckton Park.
In the sixth minute, UEL picked up the first shot on goal of the match. Some brilliant defence opened up a chance for the East Londoners, but Moses Kaddu’s shot was right at the Essex goalkeeper.
Essex then had several opportunities during the next few minutes, and UEL’s goalkeeper Julian Amaoka had to make a spectacular save off of a set piece to keep the match goalless.
UEL went straight down the field after Amaoka’s save and Essex left Kaddu unguarded. The hosts quickly exploited the error and Kaddu’s shot found the right side of the net to give them the lead.
However, Essex levelled the match just three minutes later. Amaoka nearly saved an header from the visitors, but the ball went in off the underside of the bar. Essex dominated for much of the remainder of the first half, although UEL began to show good form on the half hour mark
The first chance of the second half came off of the boot of UEL’s Kieran Baldwin, with his long strike just tipped wide left by the Essex keeper. Baldwin had another chance 10 minutes later, but his shot was deflected to the right of the goal.
UEL finally found the net again in the 63rd minute. Conor Denham, who had been subbed on for Sam Aggney-Adams eight minutes earlier, made a brilliant pass ahead to Kaddu, who chipped the ball over the head of the advancing goalkeeper into the net.
Although Essex had been the better of the two sides UEL looked like they were going to hold on for the win. But Essex managed a last-gasp equaliser in the final minutes and the East Londoners had to be content with a 2-2 draw.
Next Wednesday, UEL’s third team will face the London Metropolitan University second team at the Douglas Eyre Sports Centre. UEL defeated LMU 3-2 in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
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