University of East London 3rds fell to a 2-1 defeat from an injury-time winner by league leaders Queen Mary University 4ths at Beckon District Park.
Queen Mary took the lead with a first half header from Paulo. UEL responded with a cool finish from Moses Kaddu but in added time Paulo got his brace with a last minute strike.
UEL now trail by six points in the league table with a game in hand, after their second loss to Queen Mary’s, in what could be a crucial six pointer.
East London were on the front foot from the off and almost grabbed a great goal as Kaddu had space on the edge of the box, hit a snap shot which clattered off the crossbar.
Queen Mary took the lead 36 minutes in after a dangerous whipped in free-kick was headed in by Paulo, against the run of play.
UEL responded and got their deserved goal six minutes later, as Brandon Manoka slotted in Kaddu. He had just the keeper to beat and slipped it past the keeper, to creep into the far post to equalise.
In the second half, the game continued as it did in the first half, UEL dominating play but just lacked the final ball to take advantage and command the game.
On the hour mark UEL had a great chance to take the lead as Mo Mirza’s corner found Jamie Fray, but his bullet header towards goal was denied by a superb save by the keeper.
UEL made their substitutions to bring on fresh legs, to try and grab the all-important goal but could not break the Queen Mary defence.
Due to UEL committing bodies forward they had a lack of numbers at the back as we entered injury-time. Queen Mary worked the ball out wide and stretched the defence as Paulo again went past the UEL defence, struck a shot which evaded Julian Amaoko in the UEL goal as QM snatched all three points at the death.
UEL Lineup: Julian Amaoko, John Daly, Jamie Frey, Michael Osiguwa, Mo Mirza (Kane Taylor 75), Kieran Baldwin, Moses Kaddu, Shaun Edwards, Brandon Manoka, Sam Aggrey-Adams (55 John Silva), Olly Soulsby (75 Conor Denham)