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All Square For U23s

6 February 2017

Edge stunner earns the U's a draw.

Colchester United's U23s fought back for a point that their efforts merited on Monday night, thanks to Charley Edge's late stunner.

Having fallen behind early in the game, the U's went on to have much the better of the first half, but were constantly repelled by the impressive goalkeeping of Corey Addai.

The visitors then went on to have the better of the second half, but the U's kept their workrate high and were rewarded by Edge's fantastic strike.

The opener was also an impressive finish, as Jordan Shipley stepped onto the ball to fizz a low strike beyond Dillon Barnes and into the bottom corner.

But from there, the U's had a string of chances as they sought an equaliser.

First, he denied Tommy O'Sullivan, who struck firmly from a central position, only for the keeper to turn it away.

The recent signing from Cardiff made way just after the half hour mark, but not before Rekeil Pyke had also forced a good stop out of Addai.

Then, on 35 minutes, the U's worked the ball to George Brown and his low shot was turned around the post by the Coventry keeper.

Louis Dunne saw his effort beaten away by the imposing shot stopper, who then stood strong to tip over Tariq Issa's dipping effort.

The second half was more in City's control, although the U's back line ensured that Dillon Barnes was well protected through that second forty-five minutes.

And that defensive resilience was rewarded late in the game. 

Edge had pulled a shot wide from the edge of the box after being set up by Pyke, but he made no mistake with five minutes left on the clock.

He stepped forward and unleashed a fantastic effort from 25 yards that flew past Addai and into the top corner to level it up.

The U's might have grabbed the win late in the game as Dunne was put through, only for Addai to again turn his shot away.

The match finished all square and, as a result, the two teams remain pegged together with 27 points so far this season.

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