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U's See Off Millwall

Lions beaten 2-1 in penultimate friendly

24 July 2018

Colchester United have won their latest preseason fixture, beating Championship side Millwall.

With just eleven days to go until the start of the Sky Bet League Two campaign, the U's put in an impressive display against the London side two divisions higher.

Both the U's goals came in the first half, with Sammie Szmodics and Kane Vincent-Young on the scoresheet.

The second period saw the U's hit the crossbar through Luke Norris, and Jed Wallace's late goal proved to be just a consolation for the Lions.

The game started with the visitors having the majority of possession, but the U’s were keeping their shape and the ball in front of them.

It was the U’s who had the first shot though, as Sammie Szmodics’ eighth minute effort was blocked after good work from Courtney Senior.

The Lions’ first sight on goal came three minutes later, with Dillon Barnes tipping over a Ferguson free kick after Frankie Kent was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul twenty yards out.

Having settled into the game, the U’s opened the scoring on twenty minutes.

A precision through ball from Senior again found Szmodics, and the U’s home grown forward clipped his shot over the advancing Amos and into the back of the net.

The possession was certainly being shared more as the half progressed, and it was the Lions that almost got level four minutes after the U’s opener.

First, Onyedinma cut inside and was denied by another Barnes save, with the young U’s stopper diving full length to tip the effort wide.

Then from the corner, Morison headed back into the danger area, but the subsequent header from Onyedinma went safely over the bar.

In the U’s next attack, on thirty one minutes, they doubled the lead, and it was a cutting move down the left.

Harry Pell and Frank Nouble were involved, before Kane Vincent-Young received the ball and started running at the Millwall defence.

He exchanged passes with Brennan Dickenson, and then lifted the ball high into the net past the helpless Amos.

Millwall tried to get back into the game, but their only effort in the remaining time saw Onyedinma blast over the bar from distance.

The U’s might not have had the majority of possession in the first forty five minutes, but they were ruthless in their finishing to lead 2-0 at the break.

The U’s started the second period looking confident that they could cause their opposition problems, and had the first opportunity only three minutes in.

A Brennan Dickenson free kick was hurriedly cleared to the edge of the box and Tom Lapslie’s effort was deflected just wide, with Amos scrambling across his line to ensure the ball was safe.

 The next thirty minutes was mostly played in the middle third, with neither side really testing the opposition, and then a glut of substitutions took any tempo out of the game.

It picked up a bit for the final ten minutes, with Millwall looking for a way back into the game.
Jed Wallace, one of the Millwall subs, hit a free-kick into the wall, before Morison volleyed over from just outside the box.

Five minutes from time, it was nearly 3-0 for the home side, but Luke Norris’ strike crashed back off the crossbar and out to safety.

Millwall got on the scoresheet in the eighty ninth minute, but Wallace’s curler into the bottom corner proved to be just a consolation – the referee’s full time whistle went seconds later.

It was an impressive performance from John McGreal’s side, with only the home game against Gillingham on Saturday left to play before the league campaign gets underway.

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