The University Of East London Men’s second team picked up what could be a valuable point against The University of Essex Third team.
Essex broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after 15 minutes. Essex caught UEL on the counter attack and the Essex forward was brought down in the area by UEL captain Stephen McGinn. The Essex captain converted from the spot as he placed it it hard and low past the UEL keeper Keola Paredes.
The goal from Essex came as a wake up call for UEL who then began to settle into the game. UEL found the equaliser through an own goal. Lloyd Makhanya found space down the left and produced a dangerous cross that was inadvertently put into his own net by the Essex centre back.
Within minutes the game was turned on its head as UEL took the lead. Makhanya collected the ball and beat his man to the by-line before pulling the ball back for Tosin Bello, who calmly slotted the ball home to make it 22 goals for the season,
From here UEL appeared to be in control of the game as Essex were not threatening the UEL defence, but the hosts knew that they had to find a goal from somewhere to give them a fighting chance of avoiding the drop. UEL has a few good chances to kill the game off but the finishing in the second half was poor from the visitors.
UEL were made to pay late in the game as Essex found an equaliser as their centre forward scored from the edge of the box with a good volley. UEL tried to respond after the equaliser, but were unable to find another goal which meant the spoils were shared.
UEL now go into their final game of the season just three points clear of Essex but Essex still have two games remaining. A win in their final game against Brunel will guarantee survival for UEL.