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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Colchester United bow out of FA Youth Cup at hands of Arsenal

PUBLISHED: 21:31 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 21:37 06 March 2018

Colchester United Under-18s, celebrating a goal in the first round of the FA Youth Cup against Cheshunt, bowed out of the competition to Arsenal tonight, but gave their opponents a scare before losing 5-1

Colchester United Under-18s, celebrating a goal in the first round of the FA Youth Cup against Cheshunt, bowed out of the competition to Arsenal tonight, but gave their opponents a scare before losing 5-1


Colchester United Under-18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of a strong Arsenal outfit tonight, but they produced a stirring performance, especially during the first period of this quarter-final tie.

In the end, the Gunners ran out comfortable 5-1 winners at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, to book their place in the last four – they will play either Blackburn or Blackpool at the semi-final stage.

But the U’s had several chances to take the lead, and pegged back their illustrious visitors to 1-1 early in the second half, thanks to Callum Jones’ penalty, before the north Londoners netted three quickfire goals.

Arsenal had to soak up some early pressure and they were indebted to a terrific save by their keeper Joao Virginia on 17 minutes, from Jones’ well-struck free-kick, which had been heading for the top corner of the net.

Six minutes later and Jones was in the thick of the action again, holding off a challenge in the box before seeing his low deflected shot shepherded away by keeper Virginia.

The U’s had impressed in the first half-hour, and Virginia was forced into another save on 28 minutes, this time from Dean Ager’s low drive.

Only the woodwork denied the U’s an opening goal on 36 minutes. Jones benefited from a fine cross by Ollie Sims, and was unlucky to see his shot cannon off the post.

The Gunners grabbed the lead just four minutes before the break, thanks to Emile Smith-Rowe’s clinical finish past keeper Harry Seaden.

Unfortunate to be trailing at half-time, the U’s duly equalised just three minutes into the second period, via a penalty converted by Jones.

Sims was felled in the box, and Jones made no mistake by sending Virginia the wrong way.

However, Arsenal regained their lead just four minutes later, thanks to a spectacular free-kick by Smith-Rowe. His 52nd minute effort gave Seaden no chance.

And the Gunners went 3-1 up in the 55th minute, with Bukayo Saka rounding off a good move with a deadly finish, to effectively kill off the game.

Striker Fol Balogun netted a fourth, with a 66th minute breakaway, and Xavierr Amaechi fired home Arsenal’s fifth on 74 minutes.

COLCHESTER: Seaden, Howard, Kazeem (sub Mudd, 59), Keys, Cracknell, Kensdale, Ager, Anderson (sub Cornish, 76), Jones, Chilvers (sub Hassanally, 79), Sims. Unused subs: Coulter, Michaels.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features Darren Currie scoring on his debut in a win at QPR and the Blues win over Leicester City.....

Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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