UEL’s second away game of the season was a poor team performance and cost the league leaders as The University of Essex 3rds scored five at home to win 5-1.
The first chance of the half went to the away side 13 minutes in, when the ball was picked up by William Semain on the edge of the box and struck it towards goal but was well saved by the Essex keeper.
However minutes later the home side broke the deadlock from a UEL corner which was countered upon as the ball was lifted over the defence, to play in the Essex number nine Jacob who sprinted in on goal and couldn’t be caught by Semain as he took it round the UEL keeper Sam Pashley.
A response was needed by the table toppers and it came through John Silva as he managed to get half a yard on his man on the edge of the box to shoot but was well handled by the keeper.
With minutes left of the half a corner taken by Semain was whipped in which was met by the head of Johan Caney-Brown who got up ahead of his marker, but was cleared off the line by the man on the near post to prevent the equaliser. The following attack from the home side doubled their lead as the defence switched off, which let in Jacob again to slot home into the bottom right corner inside the box to put Essex 3rds 2-0 up as the half time whistle blew.
UEL had to try and turn this around in the second half but with loose passes and lapses of concentration it was going to be tough. Although eight minutes into the second half, a penalty was awarded after a long ball up from the keeper was chased down by Jacob on the left side, but he was challenged by Lukman Adesina as Jacob cut inside the box. The referee pointed to the spot despite the player being positioned away from goal, Lars stepped up and waited for Pashley to move and calmly placed it straight down the middle for a third to the home side.
A fourth was imminent, after the defence couldn’t deal with Jacob once again as he burst through the UEL back line and slotted it inside the far corner to pick up his hat-trick.
UEL finally got onto the score sheet just after the hour mark when a giant throw by Dylan Freehily was flicked onto Henry Hayden to tap in from six yards to make it 4-1 to start a hopeful revival.
However the comeback and three points were safely wrapped up six minutes later as the Essex number 10 span Adesina on the left side of the box and finished it inside the near post giving Pashley no chance and putting the host 5-1 in front. The rest of the half stayed the same as UEL attempted to play football, which they had done so well throughout the season so far but couldn’t seem to gel as they had done in previous games. With moments remaining Jacob was in on goal again after a goal kick wasn’t cleared but Pashley made another good save to avoid any more embarrassment for UEL.
Line-up: Pashley, John, Freehily, Adesina, Gill, Semain, Soulsby, Silva, Lelis (45 Baloye), Hayden, Caney-Brown
Top Goal Scorers (League)
Harry Tew-Robinson- 7
Henry Hayden- 5
Johan Caney-Brown- 3
Jaden Osei-Bonsu- 1
Ollie Soulsby- 1
Dylan Freehily- 1
By Mitchell Young