UEL 1sts remain unbeaten

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The University of East London remain top of league after a solid 4-2 victory against University of Essex 2nds, at Beckton District Park.

UEL went two goals in front with a cool finish from Ade Joshua and a tidy finish from in-form Johan Caney-Brown.

Essex fought back level with a scrappy corner before half-time, which found its way in at the near post and an early second half volley.

Caney-Brown grabbed his brace for UEL to regain the lead as he poked the ball in from close range.

The three points were secured as substitute William Semain slotted in the hosts fourth.

Essex were forced to make and early change as the winger was injured and replaced like for like.

UEL took the lead 15 minutes in as Ousmone Kone’s shot was deflected into the path of Joshua to slip it passed the Essex keeper.

Siao Levi-Blackwood almost doubled UEL’s lead with a free-kick on the edge of the box, which went over the wall and had the keeper beaten but clipped the top of the crossbar.

The home side missed a glorious chance five minutes later as Dillian Stephenson’s dangerous low cross was somehow hit over by Joshua, from inside the six yard box.

UEL did grab their second in the next play as Caney-Brown was put through on goal and clinically finished into the bottom left corner.

The away side got a goal back five minutes before half-time as a corner was flicked towards goal, which crept its way into the bottom corner of Richie Robins near post.

Essex against the run of play got their equaliser three minutes into the second half, after a long ball found its way into the path of the Essex frontman to lash a fierce volley past Robins.

The tie only stayed level for eight minutes as Caney-Brown grabbed his seventh of the season after another great low whipped ball from Stephenson was flicked in from close range.

UEL could have wrapped up the game with 20 minutes to play as Kone’s instinctive shot was only parried to Caney-Brown who scuffed his shot for his hat-trick.

The home side did finally claim the three points with four minutes to play as Shahid Kasako’s cross helped on its way by Caney-Brown but for a terrific original save from the keeper. Caney-Brown retrieved the rebound and cut it back inside for substitute William Semain to slot it into the far corner.

UEL Lineup: 1 Richie Robins ©, 2 Stefan Wright, 3 Darren Hammond, 4 Luqman Adesina (45 Jaden Osei-Bonsu), 5 Nnamdi Harold-Egole, 6 Shahid Kasako, 7 Siao Levi-Blackwood (76 Harry Mattews), 8 Ousmone Kone, 9 Johan Caney-Brown, 10 Ade Joshua, 11 Dillan Stephenson (72 William Semain)

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