Jabo Ibehre on target as Colchester United share four goals at Luton

Jabo Ibehre, fighting fit again after a groin injury

Jabo Ibehre, fighting fit again after a groin injury - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

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Jabo Ibehre scored the second goal, and played a big part in the first, as Colchester United drew their latest pre-season friendly 2-2 at Luton Town tonght.

Ibehre’s 29th minute shot was turned into his own net by Paul Connolly, for the U’s equaliser, and Ibehre then chipped onrushing keeper Elliot Justham to put Joe Dunne’s men 2-1 up in the 51st minute.

Ex-Colchester United midfielder, Luke Guttridge, clambered off the bench to net an equaliser for the Hatters with 21 minutes remaining.

Earlier, Luton were the most likely scorers in the first quarter of the game, in what was a cagey start. The U’s were without the injured trio of Dan Holman (ankle), Marcus Bean (knee) and David Wright (Achilles).

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In fact, only the woodwork prevented the Hatters from taking a 16th minute lead. Poor defending from a set piece – a problem issue for the U’s in pre-season – resulted in Fraser Franks’ header hitting the post from Balanta’s free-kick.

The visitors threatened on the break, not least when Freddie Sears released Drey Wright with an accurate cross-field ball on 23 minutes. Wright, though, could not direct his shot past keeper Justham.

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Three minutes later and Luton, back in the Football League after winning the Conference title last season, took the lead.

Sam Walker had blocked an initial effort by Ross Lafayette, but seconds later Cullen was able to bury his shot from close range.

However, the U’s were level just before the half-hour mark, when Connolly could only turn Ibehre’s shot into his net for an own goal.

Ibehre then scored himself, six minutes into the second period, to put the U’s 2-1 up. The big man benefited from Sears’ fine through ball, chipping onrushing keeper Justham.

Ex-Colchester midfielder Guttridge, on as a 67th minute substitute, scored with his very first touch to equalise for Luton on 69 minutes. His angled drive found the back of the net.

COLCHESTER: Walker, Clohessy, Okuonghae, Eastman, Gordon, Eastmond (sub Lapslie, 70), Moncur, Massey (sub Watt, 46), Sears (sub Szmodics, 70), Drey Wright (sub Vose, 46), Ibehre (sub Bonne, 70).

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