9-Men UEL see off UCL

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University of East London 1st remain unbeaten with their first home victory as they won 3-1 against University College of London 1st at their new ground Beckton Royal Park.

Right back Stefan Wright gave UEL the lead with a cool finish, UCL equalised with a strike but centre back Namdi Harold-Egole put UEL back in front and Johan Caney-Brown wrapped up the points as scored round the keeper.

UEL had to play with ten men due to an injury with all substitutes used up then had to go down to nine men with five minutes to go with another injury.

UEL took the lead 13 minutes in as Dillan Stephenson dribbled past two players and laid off Wright whose cross eventually found its way back to Wright to finish in the bottom corner.

Just after the half hour mark UCL nearly equalised as the ball was lifted over the defence and then dinked over Richie Robins which bounced off the post and cleared by Harold-Egole.

The visitors did get their equaliser two minutes later as the UCL winger was fortunate on two tackles to keep the ball which he gave to his teammate to lash home despite Robins’ palm.

UEL regained the lead five minutes before half time as a corner from Stefan Neilson was knocked down in the box and Harold-Egole reacted first to head past the keeper.

In the second half UEL controlled the game and five minutes into the half nearly extended their lead as Ousmane Kone headed across goal to Neilson whose shot on the volley was somehow kept out.

The home side got their third goal as Shahid Kasako put a ball through for Caney-Brown which he broke the offside trap went round the keeper and cut it in from a tight angle.

Just five minutes after the UEL substitutes Harold-Egole could not continue as he pulled up with cramp so they continued with ten men.

UEL had a shuffle around as Stephenson moved to right back and Neilson into midfield.

With five minutes remaining Neilson was hurt in a challenge which meant he could not continue so UEL were down to nine men but held on in the final minutes to make it two wins in two.

UEL Lineup: 1 Richie Robins ©, 2 Darren Hammond, 3 Stefan Wright, 4 Jaden Osei-Bonsu (11th Shafik Walusimbi), 5 Nnandi Harold-Egole, 6 Shahid Kasako (62 Ade Joshua), 7 Siao Levi-Blackwood, 8 Stefan Neilson, 9 Ousmane Kone (62 James Awokaya), 10 Dillan Stephenson, 11 Johan Caney-Brown

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