UEL snatch football title in injury time
PUBLISHED: 14:57 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:57 20 March 2013
UEL 3 Reading 2
An injury-time strike from Kiernan Hughes-Mason secured victory for UEL against Reading University in the South-Eastern Conference Cup final.
Reading were the first to settle, creating the majority of the early chances, as UEL looked to use the pace of Aaron Thompson-Sommers on the counter attack.
And this tactic paid off in the 37th minute, when Thompson-Summers slipped in Imani Likita, who saw his first attempt saved but pounced on the rebound to draw first blood.
Reading responded with an audacious cross cum-shot from 25 yards that beat Dan Robinson at his far post with just two minutes of the half remaining.
And UEL saw Victor Nkolo booked in the 56th minute, before Likita cleared a Reading attempt off the line with an acrobatic effort.
Jordan Clarke and Richard Johnson had half chances for UEL before Hughes-Mason sent the watching supporters wild in the 83rd minute with a beautiful chipped finish, following a cutback from Marley Spindler.
Celebrations were cut short however, as Reading were awarded a penalty in the last minute after a tackle by Nkolo.
The Reading striker duly stepped up and dispatched the spot-kick, but UEL snatched a winner with extra time looming as Hughes-Mason lobbed the keeper from an acute angle in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
UEL: Dan Robinson, Imani Likita, Marley Spindler, Victor Frank Nkolo, Jordan Clarke, Drew Jones, David Shovlin, Ashley Watson, Sherwin Stanley, Stefan Nielsen, Aaron Thompson-Sommers. Subs: Darren Hammond, Luqman Adesina, Marcus Miller-Bryan, Kiernan Hughes-Mason, Richard Johnson, Jeremy Boateng.