League and cup champions UEL women 1st returned to league action fresh off of their cup final win against Kent University, and it was business as usual with yet another comfortable victory over LSE women which keeps UEL on track to finish the season with a perfect 100% winning record with one game to go.
The game got off to an unusually shaky start for UEL with LSE, who only registered 10 players, were the brighter of the two sides in the early stages and determined to put an end to UEL’s unbeaten run regardless of their numerical disadvantage.
However, despite their dominance, LSE couldn’t find an opener which in turn allowed UEL to settle into the game. As the game progressed UEL began to exert their own dominance on their opponents going in search for the opening goal.
UEL were duly rewarded on the 17th minute when Otesha Charles opened the scoring shooting low at the near post inside the penalty area. UEL then doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when fellow cup-final scorer Abbie Weaver slotted home following a probing run from Charles.
Despite the two-goal lead LSE put up a spirited performance and did well to go into the break.
The second half started in much the same fashion as the first, with LSE coming out of the traps the quicker of the two sides.
They could have reduced the arrears early on in the second half however. A shot from Samantha Dittman flew just wide of goal. LSE were eventually rewarded for their efforts on 62 minutes with a wonderfully struck free kick from Dittman .
However any hopes of a heroic comeback were well and truly dashed five minutes later when Charles grabbed her second of the game.
Charles completed her hatrick in calamitous fashion on 70 minutes. Hoping to close down a back pass LSE goal keeper Tash Pickard failed to clear to ball leaving Charles with an empty net to complete her treble.
Charles almost added her fourth in the dying moments of the game following a spectacular run from the halfway line, but saw her shot roll agonisingly wide of the post.
The win over LSE meant that UEL will end the season having won all of their home games. Their final game of the season will be away to LSE and having just beaten their opponents, they will go into the final match confident of ending the season with their 100% winning record.