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Heavy defeat for University of East London men’s football third team

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 November 2016

Action from University of East London's football third team last match (pic: Lewis McKean).

Action from University of East London's football third team last match (pic: Lewis McKean).

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University of East London men’s football third team suffered a heavy defeat in their last outing. They conceded six goals in the first half to University College of Football Business men’s fifth before eventually going down 7-1.

UEL went in to this one off the back of some good form, with wins in their previous two games.

Meanwhile their Wembley-based opponents were visibly a side full of height and physicality, so this would prove to be a game between physical, passing teams. In a calamitous start for UEL, the visitors benefitted from a bouncing ball in the hosts defence, only to lob the onrushing keeper, taking the lead in the first minute.

The following 10 minutes seemed to see an improvement in intensity and communication from the east Londoners, however a defence-splitting pass saw the home custodian beaten twice by skilful footwork to go 2-0 down.

The next few minutes saw a couple of fine saves between the UEL sticks to keep the score down to two.

However, in the 17th and 20th minutes the scoreline doubled, resulting in some UEL heads dropping.

Another quarter of an hour passed with the hosts trying to fight their way back in to the game, but a lucky rebound from a good save resulted in the away side taking a 5-0 lead.

To reinforce just how much of a miserable half it had been for UEL, they conceded for a sixth time five minutes before half time.

To give the hosts the slimmest of hopes on the stroke of half time, captain Kieran Baldwin caught the keeper off his line and lobbed home from the edge of the centre circle to make it 6-1 at the break.

After a stern discussion during the interval, the UEL boys took to the field to play for their pride, which it is safe to say they did in the second half.

An excellent move from their opponents, as their striker cut in off the left wing to fire home excellently was the only goal in a fierce second period.

The east Londoners played with a high press, which on numerous occasions saw Jack Davis, who was now playing more centrally, benefit and burst forward with pace. UEL’s man of the match, Baldwin, continued to dictate the Blue’s attacks from a deeper central role.

The hosts hit the post mid-way through what was a relatively eventless second half compared to the first, but a disastrous first 45 minutes cost the side from East London.

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