A ‘glorious debut’ for Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe

That winning feeling: Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (second left) is congratulated by team-mates Mikael Mandro

That winning feeling: Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (second left) is congratulated by team-mates Mikael Mandron, Courtney Senior and Brandon Comley, after giving the U's a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win over Coventry on Tuesday evening. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe celebrated his full Football League debut in the perfect way by scoring one and setting up the other in Colchester United’s 2-1 home win over Coventry City last night.

Ogedi-Uzokwe converted a 27th minute penalty to put the U’s 1-0 up, and although Tom Bayliss crashed home an equaliser in the 55th minute, ex-Maldon & Tiptree striker Ogedi-Uzokwe delivered a pinpoint cross for Mikael Mandron to head home an 88th minute winner.

Boss John McGreal enthused: “Junior has scored one and set up one. It’s a glorious debut for him.

- Match report from U’s 2-1 win over Sky Blues

“He wanted to take the penalty, and not even Mikael (Mandron) was going to stop him. He’s full of confidence and is a strong character.

“It was a brave call to start with Junior, but I just felt it was the right time for him after Kurtis (Guthrie) had got injured at Carlisle.


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“Junior had deserved his opportunity, because he had been doing so well in training. He has done terrific tonight.”

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