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Colchester United 2-0 Cambridge United

Brennan Dickenson and Denny Johnstone scored on their home debuts as Colchester beat Cambridge United for their fist win of the season.

Colchester started well and made their breakthrough in the eighth minute - Chris Porter and Sammie Szmodics pouncing on goalkeeper Will Norris' poor clearance before Dickenson unleashed a low, left-footed shot that flew into the far corner.

The hosts almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Norris superbly tipped Szmodics' swerving 20-yard effort over for a corner, while Colchester keeper Sam Walker pulled off a magnificent save to foil Cambridge striker Joe Pigott soon after.

Leon Legge almost diverted Porter's low cross into his own net in the opening minutes of the second half, but substitute Medy Elito came close to equalising against his former club when his free header clipped the top of the crossbar.

Norris parried away Porter's fierce effort before substitute Johnstone headed in Dickenson's cross from close range with eight minutes remaining.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Brindley
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 33Kinsella
  • 7WrightBooked at 69mins
  • 4Lapslie
  • 28GuthrieSubstituted forSlaterat 90'minutes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forLoftat 66'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forJohnstoneat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Loft
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 17Johnstone
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 24Slater
  • 29Bransgrove

Cambridge

  • 1Norris
  • 15Long
  • 6Legge
  • 16Dallison-LisbonSubstituted forRobertsat 42'minutes
  • 2Taylor
  • 7Mingoia
  • 8BerryBooked at 90mins
  • 4Dunne
  • 18MarisSubstituted forNewtonat 45'minutes
  • 10WilliamsonSubstituted forElitoat 58'minutes
  • 23Pigott

Substitutes

  • 3Adams
  • 5Roberts
  • 12Keane
  • 13Gregory
  • 20Clark
  • 21Elito
  • 24Newton
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
4,521

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home14
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Cambridge United 0.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

James Dunne (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Slater replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Booking

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Medy Elito (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Kinsella (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Cambridge United 0. Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Brennan Dickenson.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sean Long.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

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

Attempt blocked. Drey Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Pigott (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Denny Johnstone replaces Chris Porter.

Booking

Drey Wright (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Richard Brindley (Colchester United).

Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Medy Elito (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Doug Loft replaces Sammie Szmodics.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Will Norris.

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Medy Elito (Cambridge United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Medy Elito (Cambridge United).

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

Joe Pigott (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Medy Elito replaces Ben Williamson.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Kurtis Guthrie.

Attempt saved. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Drey Wright.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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2Barnet21103124
3Colchester21103124
4Yeovil21103124
5Mansfield21104314
6Hartlepool21103214
7Carlisle21102114
8Crawley21102114
9Crewe21102114
10Blackpool21013213
11Grimsby21013213
12Newport21013303
13Wycombe21012203
14Accrington210134-13
15Morecambe210123-13
16Cheltenham20202202
17Portsmouth20201102
18Doncaster201134-11
19Stevenage201123-11
20Leyton Orient201112-11
21Cambridge201113-21
22Notts County201113-21
23Exeter200214-30
24Plymouth200204-40
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