Match ends, Colchester United 3, Carlisle United 0.
Promotion-chasing Colchester claimed a dominant victory over visitors Carlisle.
Colchester goalkeeper Ethan Ross made a good save early on to deny Hallam Hope, who also saw a deflected shot sail just wide soon after.
But the U's looked more dangerous and Luke Gambin was just unable to squeeze a chance home from five yards.
The hosts went ahead in the 26th minute when Cohen Bramall delivered a low cross that went in off Carlisle defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival from close range.
Carlisle goalkeeper Adam Collin saved well from Callum Harriott and Harry Pell and, although Ross saved Ryan Loft's shot with his legs, Colchester doubled their lead in the 42nd minute.
Harriott was quickest to react to score from close range, after Collin had beaten Kwame Poku's fierce strike into his path.
And it was 3-0 in the 52nd minute when Bramall curled in a superb 25-yard free-kick.
Collin pushed away Theo Robinson's close-range effort soon after, as Colchester recorded a convincing win.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5ProsserSubstituted forSowunmiat 80'minutes
- 15HarriottSubstituted forLapslieat 75'minutes
- 13RobinsonSubstituted forNoubleat 77'minutes
- 14JonesBooked at 28mins
- 10ScougallBooked at 64mins
- 2ElliottSubstituted forOlomolaat 56'minutes
- 7ThomasSubstituted forBirchat 88'minutes
- 25LoftSubstituted forBridgeat 68'minutes
- Craig Hicks
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Carlisle United 0.
Offside, Carlisle United. Aaron Hayden tries a through ball, but Hallam Hope is caught offside.
Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).
Gethin Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Jones (Carlisle United).
Attempt saved. Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Gambin with a cross.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Byron Webster.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Charlie Birch replaces Nathan Thomas.
Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Carlisle United).
Attempt blocked. Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Olufela Olomola.
Substitution, Colchester United. Omar Sowunmi replaces Luke Prosser because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Carlisle United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Scougall.
Substitution, Colchester United. Frank Nouble replaces Theo Robinson.
Substitution, Colchester United. Tom Lapslie replaces Callum Harriott.
Attempt missed. Kwame Poku (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Attempt missed. Kwame Poku (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Gambin.
Attempt saved. Olufela Olomola (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Hayden with a cross.