UEL Split Varsity Cup points in the football

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The University of East London football side gained one point after UEL 2nds won 2-1 against one of the Middlesex sides but the other side disappointingly lost 5-1 to equal the points out in the football.

UEL were looking to take both points from Middlesex and cement their dominance overall but that was not the case.

The opening ten minutes for UEL 1sts was a bit tense for both sides knowing what was at stake, but the visitors had the first chance of the game as Vendal Vunes’ poor back pass put the Middlesex striker in on goal but Dan Robinson made a fine save to deny the striker.

Again the warning signs were there for the home side as the striker got in again but for Robinson to palm away the initial shot and the follow up went into the side netting fortunately for UEL.

It was just before the half hour mark before UEL got their first chance of the match as Lamin Bah’s corner was headed away to Stefan Neilson whose shot was tame and comfortable for the keeper.

Only five minutes before the break and UEL nearly got the opener after Bah’s corner was met by Richard Johnson but was cleared off the line by the defender.
The counter attack from the resulting corner saw the away side take the lead as UEL could not get back and the Middlesex striker explored the space down the right. The first shot was saved well again by Robinson but could not do anything about the follow up by his partnering striker to slot it home.

It was not long in to the second half when Middlesex doubled their lead as the strike force scored again as the front man beat Osei-Bonsu down the left side cut the ball across goal and tapped in from close range.

UEL could not deal with the front men as they continued to torment the back four to add a third three minutes later. With a simple ball in between the two defenders saw the striker in on goal and slotted it calmly past Robinson.
Vunes looked to get UEL back in the game as he went on a mazy run taking on player after player and got a break in on goal but the keeper made an excellent save to deny UEL a glimmer of hope.

Middlesex extended their lead to four with less than 20 minutes to go as one pass cut the defence in half again and the striker grabbed his second placing it passed Robinson.
Vendal Vunes grabbed a consolation ten minutes from time as he cut inside passed his marker and lashed a shot into the near post leaving the keeper no chance.

Middlesex restored their four goal cushion two minutes from time, from the right hand side the striker was looking for him hat-trick but Robinson denied it but could not keep hold of the shot and was again tapped in to complete the rout.
Despite UEL’s poor performance it was counteracted by the 2nd side winning 2-1 to restore the balance in the Varsity series.

Line-up: Robinson, Spindler, Osei-Bonsu, Adesina, Hammond, Johnson, Wright, Bah, Vunes, Ngandu, Nielson

https://www.uel.ac.uk/sports/news/currentnews/mensfootballvarsity2014.htm

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