MATCHDAY RECAP: U’s rue missed penalty in 1-0 final day league defeat at Exeter City

Colchester United head coach John McGreal is looking to get the better of Exeter. Picture: STEVE WAL

Colchester United head coach John McGreal is looking to get the better of Exeter. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Follow all the action and reaction as we bring you live coverage of Colchester United’s EFL League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park.

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Colchester United’s disappointing 2017-18 season ended in defeat, at play-off bound Exeter City in warm sunshine in Devon on Saturday afternoon.

The U’s were made to pay for a penalty miss, Sammie Szmodics failing to convert his spot kick on the hour mark.

Substitute Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe won the penalty, by drawing the foul from Pierce Sweeney, but Szmodics aimed his spot kick straight down the middle, with keeper Christy Pym making a good save.

It was Szmodics’ second penalty miss on the bounce, following his failure to bury an effort in the 1-0 home defeat by Yeovil in March.


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Exeter responded by grabbing the winner in the 71st minute.

Robbie Simpson was in the right place at the far post to head home a precise cross by Sweeney.

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The U’s therefore ended the season with four defeats from their last five matches, and just one point gained from a possible 15.

• Re-live the action and get the best reaction from Carl Marston in the blog above.

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