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U's Progress In Cup

2 March 2017

City win enough to reach knock out stages.

Colchester United progressed through to the knock out stages of the Premier League Cup on Thursday night, as they came from behind to beat Hull City.

The three points saw the U's leapfrog Manchester City into second place in the Group C table, although the Tigers retained top spot thanks to their superior goal difference.

Wayne Brown's men now await their Second Round opponents with the draw due soon.

The U's showed some early intent as they had the better of the early chances, with Femi Akinwande and Eoin McKeown having efforts go just wide.

But it was the visitors who took the lead as Hinchliffe darted to the near post to flick the ball past Wilks in the U's goal.

Colchester were behind for just two minutes though and it was Akinwande who drew them level.

Ryan Clampin was the provider on this occasion, sending over a low cross that the powerful forward bundled home.

City keeper Saltmer saved twice from the U's to preserve parity at half time, but the U's got their noses in front on the hour mark.

They had showed some invention with their set pieces and it was from a corner that Pollard rose highest to head home and put the U's 2-1 up.

With fifteen to go, Akinwande almost made it three, but his effort rolled agonisingly past the far post with the keeper beaten.

From there, the U's set about seeing the game out and they managed the final quarter of the match well.

In fact, they could have added another late on.

Substitute Reuben Mudd was introduced with one minute to go and the U16s forward shrugged off a defender before lifting a shot over Saltmer, only for it to crash off the bar.

But 2-1 was enough for the U's to progress and they finish Group C in second place.

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