League One
ColchesterColchester United2BlackpoolBlackpool2
Darren Ambrose
Darren Ambrose played pre-season matches for Colchester United last summer

Darren Ambrose scored on his Colchester United debut to deny Blackpool victory on their return to England's third tier after eight years.

Mark Cullen's tap-in finish from Gavin Massey's low cross put the Seasiders ahead, only for Alex Gilbey to level with a volley.

Cullen added a second in first-half injury time, firing into the net through a crowded area.

But Massey set Ambrose up to equalise before going close to finding a winner.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 33Parish
  • 24Brindley
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Wynter
  • 3BriggsSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 79'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 4Edwards
  • 11Massey
  • 10Moncur
  • 28AmbroseSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 82'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forBonneat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 7Wright
  • 15Kent
  • 17Szmodics
  • 19Bonne
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 22Vincent-Young

Blackpool

  • 1DoyleSubstituted forLetherenat 74'minutes
  • 16BoyceBooked at 69mins
  • 6Jones
  • 5Robertson
  • 3Ferguson
  • 11CameronSubstituted forCubero Loriaat 56'minutes
  • 8Potts
  • 4McAlister
  • 21Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forThomasat 63'minutes
  • 9Cullen
  • 10Redshaw

Substitutes

  • 7Rivers
  • 12Oliver
  • 15Aldred
  • 17Thomas
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 23Letheren
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
4,438

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Blackpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Blackpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kwame Thomas (Blackpool).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Brad Potts (Blackpool).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Lloyd Jones (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

  12. Post update

    Mark Cullen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by David Ferguson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Darren Ambrose.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Wynter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Ferguson (Blackpool).

  18. Post update

    Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Jim McAlister (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).