FA Cup - Third Round
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Cardiff City 3-1 Colchester United

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FA Cup: Cardiff 3-1 Colchester highlights

Cardiff beat Colchester at a near-empty Cardiff City Stadium to become the first team to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Joe Ralls's deflected effort gave the Championship side a 1-0 half-time lead against their League One opponents.

Kadeem Harris's hooked volley doubled the lead before Kenwyne Jones headed in seconds after coming on.

Freddie Sears pulled one back for Colchester with a low drive, but Cardiff were comfortable winners.

The attendance of 4,194 was the smallest ever at Cardiff City Stadium, lower than the crowd of 5,545 that watched Cardiff's League Cup match against Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009.

Cardiff fans had turned on manager Russell Slade following Sunday's 4-2 home loss to Watford, and some of the few supporters who did attend on Friday protested against owner Vincent Tan's rebranding of the club.

Despite facing a Colchester side 35 places below them in the Football League, Cardiff named a strong and experienced side.

One of the six changes from Sunday's dismal 4-2 defeat to Watford, Ralls had the game's first chance as his well-struck shot was palmed away by Sam Walker.

The Colchester goalkeeper did not fare as well with Ralls's next effort, the Cardiff midfielder's strike from the edge of the area deflecting off Kaspar Gorkss and Cole Kpekawa and looping into the net.

Colchester had chances of their own, Gorkss heading narrowly wide and Gavin Massey forcing Simon Moore into a superb save with a low shot from close range.

It was more comfortable for Cardiff in the second half, and Harris scored their second goal in acrobatic fashion as he latched on to Ben Turner's header and connected with an overhead kick.

Victory was sealed seven minutes later as Jones, on as a substitute for only a few seconds, headed in from Peter Whittingham's corner with his first touch of the game.

With hopes of a comeback all but gone, Colchester claimed a late consolation goal as Sears scored with a low shot despite a touch from Moore.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 33Moore
  • 2Brayford
  • 6Turner
  • 16Connolly
  • 12John
  • 40K Harris
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forLe Fondreat 69'minutes
  • 11NooneSubstituted forFabioat 85'minutes
  • 14MachedaSubstituted forJonesat 60'minutes
  • 21Ralls

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 9Jones
  • 10Le Fondre
  • 13Kim Bo-kyung
  • 36Morrison
  • 42Wilson

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 13Gorkss
  • 20Clohessy
  • 42Kpekawa
  • 18Eastman
  • 24MoncurSubstituted forLapslieat 64'minutes
  • 28Szmodics
  • 38Fox
  • 41HewittSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 85'minutes
  • 11Sears
  • 21MasseySubstituted forWattat 62'minutesBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 6Eastmond
  • 7Watt
  • 12Lewington
  • 23Vincent-Young
  • 27Bonne
  • 32Lapslie
  • 37Sembie-Ferris
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
4,194

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 3, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 3, Colchester United 1.

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cole Kpekawa (Colchester United).

Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Simon Moore.

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

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Fabio replaces Craig Noone.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Elliott Hewitt.

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

Declan John (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Clohessy (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 3, Colchester United 1. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sanchez Watt.

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Colchester United).

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Adam Le Fondre replaces Peter Whittingham.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Cole Kpekawa.

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tom Lapslie replaces George Moncur.

Booking

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Gavin Massey.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 3, Colchester United 0. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Federico Macheda.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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