Colchester United Under-23s bow out of Premier League Cup at the hands of Portsmouth

Wayne Brown, whose Colchester United Under-23' side went down 2-0 at the hands of Portsmouth tonight

Wayne Brown, whose Colchester United Under-23' side went down 2-0 at the hands of Portsmouth tonight. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Portsmouth U-23s 2 Colchester United U-23 0

Colchester United Under-23s’ fine run in the Premier League Cup ended at the quarter-final stage with a narrow 2-0 defeat away to Portsmouth tonight.

This last-eight tie was played at Westleigh Park, the home of Ryman Premier promotion contenders Havant & Waterlooville, and the U’s were on level terms at the break until conceding in the second half.

Wayne Brown’s side had impressed in advancing through the group stages, following a good set of results against Manchester City, Hull City and Derby, before winning 1-0 away at Sunderland in the last 16.

And the visitors had the best chance to break the deadlock, from the penalty spot, in what was a goalless first period.

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Tariq Issa’s 38th minute penalty was saved by Pompey keeper Liam O’Brien, who dived to his left.

Pompey took the lead in the 52nd minute. Nicke Kabamba controlled Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain’s header before slotting past Dillon Barnes.

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The U’s could not fashion an equaliser, and Pompey doubled their lead late on, substitute Jamal Lowe racing down the left and cutting inside to beat Barnes from a tight angle, on 84 minutes.

However, this had still been a superb effort from the Essex club’s Academy’s products in the competition this season.

Colchester U-23s: Barnes, Vincent-Young, Peter, Kensdale, Kinsella, Diaz Wright, Howard, Issa, Dunne, Edge, McKeown. Subs: Wilson, Keys, Brown, Jones.

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