The FA Cup - Third Round
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Colchester United 2-1 Charlton Athletic

League One Colchester United impressively defeated Charlton to reach the FA Cup fourth round for the first time in 10 years.

George Moncur gave the U's the lead with a left-footed shot after being played in by Marvin Sordell.

Charlton's Cristian Ceballos hit the post before Sordell doubled Colchester's lead by slotting home after a good move with Moncur.

Reza Ghoochannejhad headed a late consolation for the Addicks

Despite being second from bottom of League One, Colchester were deserved winners against their visitors from the Championship, who have now gone nine games without a win.

Sordell and Moncur had both gone close before the opening goal, which came when the former won the ball in midfield and slipped it through to Moncur, who cut inside from the right of the penalty area before firing into the corner.

Charlton almost equalised when Ceballos' long-range effort struck the woodwork and, soon after, they were further behind as Sordell calmly finished past Nick Pope.

Pope was forced into three fine saves before Igor Vetokele hit the outside of the post midway through the second period as the Addicks tried to find a way back.

Colchester held on until the second minute of stoppage time when Ghoochannejhad finally broke the Essex club's resistance, but it was too little, too late.

Charlton interim head coach Karel Fraeye told BBC Radio London:

"We were second best in the first half and it was very poor defending for their two goals.

"In the second half we took a lot of risks and tried to score.

"We had some possibilities to score, but the goal was too late for us to come home with the result."

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 32Kean
  • 24Brindley
  • 5Wynter
  • 18Eastman
  • 3Briggs
  • 11Massey
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 87'minutes
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 77mins
  • 2GarvanBooked at 72minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 73'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 45SordellSubstituted forBonneat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 7Wright
  • 15Kent
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 33Parish

Charlton

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 30Pope
  • 24Charles-Cook
  • 6Sarr
  • 28JohnsonSubstituted forVaz Teat 61'minutes
  • 21Fox
  • 39Poyet
  • 44Moussa
  • 10CeballosSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forVetokeleat 38'minutes
  • 9MakienokBooked at 71mins
  • 16Ghoochannejhad

Substitutes

  • 1Henderson
  • 2Vaz Te
  • 14Vetokele
  • 25Williams
  • 26Lennon
  • 35Umerah
  • 38Konsa
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
5,742

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Colchester United 2, Charlton Athletic 1. Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Franck Moussa.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces George Moncur.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rhys Williams (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ricardo Vaz Te (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ricardo Vaz Te (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Marvin Sordell.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Alex Gilbey.

  16. Booking

    Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Richard Brindley (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

    Regan Charles-Cook (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Joe Edwards replaces Owen Garvan.