MATCH REPORT: Carlisle 0 Colchester United 2

Magnus Okuonghae in action against Shrewsbury on Saturday

Magnus Okuonghae in action against Shrewsbury on Saturday - Credit: Archant

COLCHESTER United ensured League One football for another season, thanks to second-half goals from Gavin Massey and Tom Eastman at Carlisle.

The U’s had looked comfortable all afternoon, and their nerves were finally settled when Massey broke the deadlock with a valuable goal on 65 minutes.

George Porter’s initial shot, following some neat trickery, was blocked by a defender and the follow-up shot from Billy Clifford beat keeper Mark Gillespie, but rattled back off the bar.

However, Carlisle could not clear their lines and Massey’s effort from the left spun into an empty net, with the awaiting Jabo Ibehre watching the ball roll over the goal-line.

And to make it even safer, Eastman then headed home David Wright’s teasing cross on 80 minutes to seal a fantastic last day of the season for Joe Dunne’s men.

There were precious few chances for either side in a very low-key first period.

However, the U’s did have appeals for a penalty turned down on 37 minutes when Clifford’s cross appeared to ricochet wide off the hand of Sean O’Hanlon. But referee Carl Boyeson remained unmoved.

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Jabo Ibehre, Clifford and Massey also peppered the target, while at the other end Sam Walker did well to fingertip Liam Noble’s cross-cum-shot over his bar.

Otherwise, there was nothing else to get excited about before the break.

The second-half followed suit, until Massey popped up with his crucial goal on 65 minutes, and Eastman made certain of the U’s survival with a killer second just 15 minutes later.

CARLISLE UNITED: Gillespie, Livesey, Mustoe, Hanlon, Robson, Thirlwell (sub Manset, 52), Potts, Noble, Berrett, Loy (sub Salmon, 66), Miller,

Unused subs: Simek, Murphy, Beck, Todd, Collin.

COLCHESTER UNITED: Walker, Wilson, Okuonghae, Eastman, White, Bean (sub Izzet, 82), David Wright, Clifford (sub O’Toole, 82), Porter (sub Garmston, 70) Ibehre, Massey. Unused subs: Sears, Bond, Smith, Cousins

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire)

Attendance: 5,427

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