The FA Cup
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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.


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.

"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."



Formation 4-4-2

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


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

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 1Howard
  • 7Flynn
  • 10Taylor
  • 11Baxter
  • 16Cuvelier
  • 18King
  • 23Murphy
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Sheffield United 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Lyle Taylor replaces Chris Porter.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Macauley Bonne.

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

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