A win and a defeat in round robin tournament.
In a well contested and exciting game, they had a few scares on the way, but hung on for a well earned, but narrow victory.
After the disappointment of losing to Southend 2-1 the day before in the BCI Worldwide Challenge Cup, Colchester’s excellent start to the third place play off match set them up well to take the match on what was another very sunny day.
COLCHESTER UNITED 3 MILLWALL 2
Reports from the two games are as follows, starting with that win over the Lions.
The youth team players took on Southend on the Saturday, with the Shrimpers running out 2-1 winners, but they bounced back in style with a 3-2 win over Millwall in a match less than 24 hours later.
There was a third place finish for the Colchester United U18s over the weekend, as they competed in the BCI Worldwide Challenge Cup.
Soon after the ten minute mark, they edged ahead as after a tackle on Sammie Szmodics. The ball ran on for Tom Lapslie, whose intelligent and precise pass slid in Toby Blanche who placed his shot past the Lions’ keeper.
A superb start looked to have settled the game early on as they soon went to 2-0 ahead. This came just after two Millwall chances had been dealt with.
They had a good chance of a third, when the Millwall keeper threw the ball straight out to Lapslie, but his effort from a fair way out, went just wide of the post.
Seconds later they hit the target again as the ball landed at the feet of Macauley Bonne, who was just outside the box when he took his shot. His drive flew in, via a deflection off the inside of the post.
The chance missed looked rather crucial, as the Lions soon reduced the lead as Rylah fired in from distance. Although Miles Palmer had no chance with this, he was handily placed to save the next effort.
As the U’s kept up the pressure after half time, it was Millwall’s keeper saving well from Jack Simmonds.
The U's had a chance to further extend their lead after the scorer Szmodics was fouled in the box, but Blanche was denied as his spot kick was saved.
Colchester seemed to have tied the match up as Jack Simmons got clear on the right, to send the ball across and it was Sammie Szmodics who cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper from close range to make it 3-1.
The win saw Colchester grab third place ahead of the final between Southend United and Norwich City, which City won 2-1.
The miss then set up some late dramas as Callaghan powered home Rylah’s cross from close range to make it 3-2 with four minutes remaining, but there were to be no further late scares.
Substitutes used: Conor Clarke, Jack Curtis and Jack Simmons and not used: Frankie Kent.
He saw his first shot saved, and was then alert to follow up and put away the rebound.
However there was to be no final spot for the U’s as Southend took the match in the early minutes after half time, with another cracking effort as striker Shamir Mullings fired in an unstoppable shot from just outside the box, that gave Palmer no chance.
Miles Palmer, Conor Clarke, Frankie Kent, Billy Roast, Michael O’Donoghue, Gus Mafuta, Tom Lapslie, Jack Curtis, Sammie Szmodics, Jack Simmons, Macauley Bonne Team: