Macauley Bonne scored on his 18th birthday to give Colchester United their first league win in 12 matches at the expense of Peterborough.

Posh went close a number of times in the first half, before U's midfielder Craig Eastmond struck the bar.

Lee Tomlin was then sent off after tangling with Eastmond, before youngster Bonne headed in on what was also his home debut.

Britt Assombalonga twice went close for Posh, who slip to third in the table.

The defeat was Peterborough's first away from home this season, and saw them slip behind Wolves in the promotion hunt.

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"They played without any fear. I was confident in the substitutions, it was a big call to take Clinton [Morrison] off, I just felt we needed that energy when they went down to ten men.

"Both guys [Macauley Bonne and Sammy Szmodics] went on and did exceptionally well. In the end we should have scored another two or three to kill the game off.

"I won't begrudge them that because I think we deserved everything we got today.

"It's a wonderful header, you don't see many goals like that anymore. I want to pay special credit to the rest of the team."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 27 Garbutt Booked
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 39 Bolger Booked
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 15 Bean
  • 38 Lee (Szmodics - 68' )
  • 09 Morrison (Bonne - 62' )
  • 16 Monakana (Dickson - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Dickson
  • 14 Bond
  • 19 Ladapo
  • 26 Spence
  • 40 Szmodics
  • 41 Bonne

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little (Brisley - 98' )
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 14 Rowe Booked
  • 05 Zakuani (Barnett - 78' )
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 11 McCann Booked (Swanson - 78' )
  • 08 Payne Booked
  • 12 Taylor
  • 10 Tomlin Dismissed
  • 09 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 02 Alcock
  • 04 Brisley
  • 07 Swanson
  • 13 Day
  • 17 Newell
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 23 Barnett
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 4,149

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

7 5

Corners

8 7

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 1, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +8:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +7:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Sean Brisley replaces Mark Little because of an injury.

90:00 +6:12

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +6:12

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

90:00 +4:36

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

90:00 +4:36

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:02

Attempt missed. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90:00 +2:35

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

90:00 +0:22

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:49

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

89:12

Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:12

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

86:08 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

86:04

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:04

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

83:37

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:37

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

82:33

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

82:33

Cian Bolger (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:04 Booking

Booking Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

82:00

Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:57

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

80:28

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Ryan Dickson replaces Jeffrey Monakana.

79:09

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:39

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:39

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

77:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Danny Swanson replaces Grant McCann.

77:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Tyrone Barnett replaces Gabriel Zakuani.

77:06

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

77:06

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:51

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:51

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

75:20

Attempt saved. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:22

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

70:22

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Peterborough United 0. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

67:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Elliot Lee.

66:52

Attempt saved. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:53

Attempt missed. Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

64:07 Booking

Booking Grant McCann (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

64:02

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

64:02

Jeffrey Monakana (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:00

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:00

Foul by Elliot Lee (Colchester United).

61:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Clinton Morrison.

61:30 Booking

Booking Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

61:11

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

60:26

Attempt saved. Cian Bolger (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

59:54

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

56:20

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:17 Booking

Booking Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

54:32 Booking

Booking Jack Payne (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

54:27

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

54:27

Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:34 Dismissal

Dismissal Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

53:00

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:40

Dangerous play by Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United).

48:45

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

48:14

Attempt saved. Cian Bolger (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 +1:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 +1:12

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

45:00 +1:12

Cian Bolger (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:43

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:43

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

44:00

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

35:45

Attempt missed. Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

35:10

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

34:28

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

33:35

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

32:58

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:09

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

31:45

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

31:12

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

29:14

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

28:45

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

27:38

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

24:36

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United).

24:36

Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:52

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:13

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

20:13

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:12 Booking

Booking Cian Bolger (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

18:04

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:04

Foul by Cian Bolger (Colchester United).

16:47

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Little.

14:01

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

13:43

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

13:11

Attempt saved. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:56

Attempt blocked. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:51

Attempt missed. Elliot Lee (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

8:42

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:23

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

6:16

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

5:42

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

3:07

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

3:07

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:22

Attempt saved. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:07

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Little.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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