Lisbie nets late winner

KEVIN Lisbie came off the bench to score a dramatic last minute winner in what could well be his last game for the club.

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Colchester United 1 Leyton Orient 0

KEVIN Lisbie came off the bench to score a dramatic last minute winner in what could well be his last game for the club.

Following a tame goalless 90 minutes, Colchester earned a penalty in the final seconds when Kemi Izzet’s goalbound shot was handled on the line by Luke Ashworth. Second half sub Lisbie smashed in the follow up, but the referee had already blown his whistle to award the spot kick and dismissed Ashworth.


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Undeterred, Lisbie – who is set to return to parent club Ipswich Town in the summer – coolly netted from the spot.

It was Colchester’s second win in 14 games, the U’s still finishing eighth in the table following Southampton’s victory over Southend.

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Prior to the late drama, it had been a fairly uninspiring affair.With the U’s unable to make the play-offs and Leyton Orient virtually assured of safety there was nothing but pride to play for in this match.

And there was certainly an end-of-season feel about proceedings as a cagey match never really built up any momentum.

In a first half of few goalscoring opportunities, Kayode Odejayi dinked an effort wide after 22 minutes, while Anthony Wordsworth – again starting as a supporting striker – saw a header well saved just before the break.

Sandwiched between those efforts, Sean Thornton had headed narrowly over from an Orient at the other end.

Colchester improved after the break, however the better chances came for Orient. Home keeper Ben Williams made a great save from Ryan Jarvis soon after the restart, while the superb Paul Reid produced a brave block to deny Adam Chambers with 17 minutes to go.

- Full match report and reaction in Monday’s EADT.

Colchester: Ben Williams; John White, Marc Tierney, Magnus Okuonghae (cpt), Paul Reid; Ashley Vincent (Phil Ifil 68), Simon Hackney (Clive Platt 62), David Prutton, Kemi Izzet; Anthony Wordsworth, Kayode Odejayi (Kevin Lisbie 55).

Unused Subs: Mark Cousins, Matt Heath, Phil Ifil, David Fox, Steven Gillespie.

Leyton Orient: Jamie Jones; Eric Lichaj, Andrew Cave-Brown, Luke Ashworth, Ben Chorley (cpt), Adam Chambers, John Spicer, Jimmy Smith (Jason Demetriou 70), Sean Thornton; Scot McGleish (James Scowcroft 84), Ryan Jarvis.

Unused Subs: Jack Giddens, Loick Pires, Harry Baker, Cestor Mike, Adrian Patulea.

U’s Man-of-the-Match: Paul Reid.

Attendance: 5,751.

Referee: Mr D Whitestone.

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