Johan Caney-Brown scores a hat-trick to move UEL 2nds top of the BUCS league, as they saw off a strong Queen Mary University 2nds side 4-2.
The opening ten minutes of the half were tense for both teams as they looked threatening on their attacks.
The breakthrough came just before the half hour mark as Dylan Freehily’s long ball up to Caney-Brown was cleverly flicked on, into the path of Henry Hayden, who ran through on goal and slot it calmly into the bottom right hand corner to put UEL in front.
The second goal came minutes later after a great ball over the top by Semain fed in Caney-Brown, who wound up his shot and smashed it home from close range, the keeper didn’t get a chance to move and UEL steamed into a growing lead.
UEL were completely dominating the last 20 minutes of the half after a tense start, but Queen Mary’s still looked a threat on the break as the QM’s striker shot was saved once again by Dan Robinson who was having a great first half.
A third goal looked imminent with five minutes to play as Manoka’s shot from the right side was well saved by the keeper. The resulting corner was whipped in low to the near post by Semain and met by Hayden, striking a fierce shot which was somehow saved by the QM keeper.
In injury time UEL broke from the back as Lelis pinged the ball down the line to play in Hayden on the left side, who lifted the ball in to the box for Caney-Brown to attack and nodded the ball past the keeper and put UEL three goals to the good at the break.
Just before the hour mark, UEL failed to clear their lines and QM took advantage, with their striker coolly finishing past Robinson, who couldn’t deny the goal.
UEL killed the game off approaching the final 20 minutes as the ball was picked up in midfield by Soulsby, who went on a mazy run and beat three players before he cut it back for Caney-Brown to slot it home from close range and complete his hat-trick and send UEL into a 4-1 lead.
With six minutes remaining the away side grabbed a consolation as they slotted it home after breaking the offside trap and finished calmly into the bottom left corner.
UEL saw out the rest of the game and boosted themselves in to top position after their well deserved victory due to their sterling performance by all.
UEL’s next fixture is an away match at the University of Essex as they look to sustain their position at the top.
Lineup: Robinson, John (Silva 52), Freehily, Osei-Bonsu, Gill, Manoka, Semain, Baloye, Lelis (Kadiki 64), Caney-Brown, Hayden (Soulsby 52)