Published on November 18, 2013 | by Ryan Davies

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UAL 1st XI beat Essex to go top of league

UAL football 1st team

UAL football 1st go top after spirited revival [Photo: Seren Jenkins]

UAL 1sts 3 – 2 University of Essex 6ths

UAL men’s football 1sts came from behind with 15 minutes left to beat University of Essex 6ths, a win that propels Arts to the top of the league.

Two goals from Will Mowbray and one from Gogo Mbanu gave the Arts their second win of the season.

Arts started brightly by pressing high which made it hard for the home side to settle into the game.

Ten minutes in and Arts broke the deadlock. Miguel Vazquez’s through ball left Mowbray one–on–one with the goalkeeper. The striker slotted the ball home to give the visitors an early lead.

Arts looked comfortable until centre back Ryan Davies was forced off by injury meaning UAL had to cope with a makeshift defensive line.

“I thought it was a good performance from goalkeeper to striker. I thought the back four worked well as a team.”

Elliot Tugwell

Essex equalised on the half hour when James Hoang was unable to keep out the strike from outside the box as Arts looked rattled.

The second Essex goal followed shortly after as the striker rounded Hoang to fire into an empty net leaving the visitors trailing going into the interval.

With a tweaked formation, Arts once again looked in control much like they did at the start of the first half.

Left midfielder James Collins nearly brought Arts back into the game as his low-drilled free kick whistled past the right post.

A string of Hoang saves and a clearance off the line from Ed Brindle kept hope alive for the away side.

Arts got their reward for their persistence after 75 minutes as Mowbray fired home against the onrushing Essex goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

Arts searched for their elusive winner in the dying minutes of the game. With five minutes left, Collins threaded through Mbanu who seized his opportunity with a left-footed strike that nestled into the bottom right corner of the net to send Arts to the top of the table.

Right back Elliot Tugwell believed it was a great team performance that stuck together to grab the three points.

“It didn’t help that we suffered an injury to one of our centre backs quite early on which gave us a knock. But I think in the second half we found ourselves and got the job done.”

Tugwell continued: “I thought it was a good performance from goalkeeper to striker. I thought the back four worked well as a team.

“Through to midfield if they saw the wingers were in trouble, they would shift. The strikers Gogo and Will worked well with each other which created two great goals in the second half.”

 

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