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Carlisle United 0-3 Colchester United

Colchester got their League Two play-off challenge back on track with a decisive 3-0 win over a Carlisle side who had lost just one of their previous nine games.

The U's virtually settled it with a two goal burst by Kwame Poku and Luke Norris just before half-time and Poku grabbed his second after the break.

Carlisle worked the best of the early openings as Harry McKirdy was a fraction away from connecting with Gethin Jones' cross.

Colchester came forcefully into the game with Norris testing Adam Collin in the home goal with a raking 20 yard drive then having a close range effort blocked.

Again it was the visitors causing problems for the Carlisle defence in the 34th minute when only an instinctive one-handed save by Collin denied Frank Nouble's header.

Two goals in a two minute spell were no more than Colchester merited.

The opener in the 41st minute was a curling shot by Poku from just inside the area which found the bottom left hand corner.

The second was as simple as it gets, a left wing corner and Norris at the far post nodding home unchallenged for his 10th of the season.

There was still time before the break for Cohen Bramall's angled free kick from the right to hit the bar.

Any hopes of a Carlisle fightback were largely scotched when Poku netted his second in the 59th minute with a shot from the edge of the box which seemed to gather spin as it fizzed into the bottom corner leaving Collin a spectator.

Late efforts by Lewis Alessandra and Jon Mellish gave U's goalkeeper Dean Gerken some action, but Colchester never looked like a side that had won only one of their last four games as they moved back into the playoff places in League Two.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Carlisle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 6Hayden
  • 33Hunt
  • 34AndertonBooked at 49mins
  • 8Jones
  • 12WattSubstituted forKayodeat 45'minutes
  • 5Mellish
  • 40PatrickSubstituted forBridgeat 80'minutes
  • 9Alessandra
  • 11McKirdy

Substitutes

  • 3Iredale
  • 13Dewhurst
  • 15Charters
  • 19Bridge
  • 23Kayode
  • 25Loft
  • 28Sagaf

Colchester

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 8Pell
  • 24Stevenson
  • 49PokuSubstituted forGambinat 88'minutes
  • 45Nouble
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forSeniorat 82'minutes
  • 9NorrisSubstituted forRobinsonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Senior
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 13Robinson
  • 14Comley
  • 21Clampin
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
3,769

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Colchester United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Colchester United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

  4. Post update

    Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Gambin replaces Kwame Poku.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Theo Robinson replaces Luke Norris.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

  8. Post update

    Lewis Alessandra (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Courtney Senior replaces Callum Harriott.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jon Mellish (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua Kayode.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Jack Bridge replaces Omari Patrick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Colchester United).

  14. Post update

    Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Nouble with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Cohen Bramall (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Carlisle United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe37209867432469
2Swindon36216962392369
3Plymouth37208961392268
4Exeter371811853431065
5Cheltenham361713652272564
6Colchester371513952371558
7Northampton371771354401458
8Port Vale37141585044657
9Bradford371412114440454
10Salford371311134946350
11Forest Green361310134340349
12Crawley371115115147448
13Grimsby371211144551-647
14Walsall36138154049-947
15Newport351210133237-546
16Cambridge37129164048-845
17Leyton Orient361012144755-842
18Oldham37914144457-1341
19Scunthorpe371010174456-1240
20Carlisle36912153756-1939
21Mansfield36911164855-738
22Morecambe37711193560-2532
23Macclesfield37715153247-1530
24Stevenage36313202450-2622
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