FA Cup - First Round
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Colchester United 2-3 Sheffield United

Chris Porter's late penalty settled an all-League One clash in the FA Cup first round as Sheffield United defeated plucky Colchester.

The Blades had raced into a 2-0 lead with a Harry Maguire header and an own goal by goalkeeper Sam Walker.

But Macauley Bonne nodded in Luke Garbutt's cross to reduce the deficit and then Garbutt fired in from 25 yards to level just after the hour mark.

However, Porter won it from the spot after Magnus Okuonghae handled.

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Joe Dunne

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

Colchester manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"Magnus Okuonghae is one yard away. How has he got a reaction time to make a decision to deliberately block that ball?

"It is impossible to get away from. It's an appalling decision and it's cost us.

"Mags has got no time to react. It's not a penalty. I want anyone within PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) to warrant that penalty to me.

"You know what they'll do? They'll say sorry. It's no good, we're out of the cup.

"You see a main stand shut down because we can't afford to open it, and we can't go through because we've been done by an official. We deserved a replay, and that would have given us another crack to get through."

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"A very hard earned but deserved victory.

Nigel Clough

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Post-match: Blades manager Clough

"To get two goals up, should have been three, in the first half was a great opening period from us.

"We don't want to sit back, we want to get the third goal and eventually we got (the win) in a 2-2 situation which was well deserved.

"A third one would have really killed them off. It wasn't through the want of trying. We didn't sit back."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B Wilson
  • 27GarbuttBooked at 83mins
  • 15BeanBooked at 85mins
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18Eastman
  • 14BondSubstituted forDicksonat 45'minutes
  • 6EastmondSubstituted forVoseat 79'minutes
  • 41BonneSubstituted forSzmodicsat 87'minutes
  • 9Morrison
  • 22Gilbey

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 3Dickson
  • 12Sanderson
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
  • 26Spence
  • 40Szmodics

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Hill
  • 14McGinnSubstituted forFlynnat 68'minutes
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 17Coady
  • 8Doyle
  • 12MillerSubstituted forBaxterat 75'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forTaylorat 90'minutes
  • 22Lappin

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 7Flynn
  • 10Taylor
  • 11Baxter
  • 16Cuvelier
  • 18King
  • 23Murphy
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
2,509

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Sheffield United 3.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Lyle Taylor replaces Chris Porter.

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Macauley Bonne.

Booking

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

Attempt blocked. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Sheffield United 3. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Craig Eastmond.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Clinton Morrison following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Shaun Miller.

Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

Attempt blocked. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brian Wilson.

Attempt saved. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Gilbey.

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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