Ambrose delighted to start with a goal at Colchester United

Darren Ambrose buries the ball in the back of the net for Colchesters second in the Colchester Unite

Darren Ambrose buries the ball in the back of the net for Colchesters second in the Colchester United v Blackpool match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, UK on 08 August 2015 Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Darren Ambrose was as pleased as punch to mark his Colchester United debut with a second-half equaliser, to earn his new club a point, just three days after signing for the U’s.

Darren Ambrose celebrates with Colchester mascot Eddie the Eagle after scoring the U's second during

Darren Ambrose celebrates with Colchester mascot Eddie the Eagle after scoring the U's second during the Colchester United v Blackpool match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, UK on 08 August 2015 Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The ex-Ipswich Town attacker, who had been training at Portman Road over the summer while as a free agent, swept home Gavin Massey’s 57th minute cross.

“It’s always nice to score on your debut, but I think the main thing was the way the team played,” explained Ambrose.

“In the first half, there was maybe some first day nerves for both teams, but I thought we dominated the game in the second half.

“We could have nicked it in the end, but for some good goalkeeping from their side.


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“But all in all, it’s a pleasing debut for me.

Saturday’s equaliser was the 31-year-old’s first league goal in English football since April, 2012 – a penalty for Crystal Palace in a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth.

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“It’s been a long time since I played league football, if I’m being honest,” said Ambrose.

“It’s been a frustrating few years for myself. I did score in Greek League football, but does that count? I’m not sure. So it was nice to top my debut with a goal.

“It was a good cross from Gavin (Massey). He’s an outlet for us. I’m not an out-and-out winger, I like to come in on my right foot, and make a run to the far post.Gavin fired it across and I just had to direct it in.”

Gavin Massey: “I missed some good chances, and I thought we were sloppy in the first half.”

Blackpool manager, Neil McDonald: “Colchester hit a wonder strike (Alex Gilbey) into the top corner, which put them back into the game. I think they probably deserved the draw. I’m happy with the point.”

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