UEL 2nds lose first BUCS fixture
The University of East London were defeated 4-3 in their first league game against University College of London at Memorial Park.
An early goal from the visitors midfielder set up UCL for the three points, striker Henry Mcneil grabbed a brace to help them on their way aided by Jamie Mcelhone with the all-important goal.
Despite a great goal from debutant Cemal Agdelen, Harry Matthews and Lukman Adesina which were cancelled out by UCL.
UCL gained the lead four minutes in after a needless free-kick given away from Dylan Feehily was whipped in by Mcelhone and headed in at the near post by a UCL midfielder.
UEL grew into the game and equalised 18 minutes in as Matthews passed the ball to Agdelen who cut inside him man and bent his shot into the far corner.
The referee gave a dubious penalty two minutes later for a handball by Simon Omooba. Mcneil stepped up and slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner.
The visitors extended their lead with another quick fire goal with a superb first time strike on the turn into the top left corner, which left Dan Robinson motionless.
Captain Feehily kept UEL in the game with a last ditch clearance off the line as Robinson was beaten.
The home side hit UCL on the counter-attack from their corner which drew a goal back for UEL as Matthews made a great run from the halfway line to coolly slot the ball past the keeper.
In the second half UEL made all three changes as William Semain was replaced by Marcus Smithies, Feehily was changed for Chris Fassama and David De Medina was swapped with Alan Egunyemi.
UCL caught the home side napping at the back as a ball drifted to the far post found Mcelhone to restore the away sides two goal lead.
Victor Lelis found himself one-on-one with the keeper but his shot was well saved by the UCL keeper which denied UEL back in the game.
On the hour mark, the hosts got themselves back in the game as Adesina headed in a free kick.
Omooba had a chance after great work from Henry Hayden, put in Omooba at the by-line which pinged off the post.
UEL threw the kitchen sink at UCL but could not break them down as in injury time Robinson came up for the corner which lead to nothing as UCL snatched all three points.
UEL Lineup: Dan Robinson, Mohammed Skeikhor, Lukman Adesina, Dylan Feehily © (45 Chris Fassama, Simon Omooba, Cemal Agdelen, William Semain (45 Marcus Smithies), Harry Matthews, Victor Lelis, David De Medina (45 Alan Egunyemi), Henry Hayden