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Mixed fortunes for threesome away from U's

17 November 2019

Callum Harriott, Luke Gambin and Brandon Comley are all currently away on international duty

The U’s themselves were supposed to be in action against high flying Bradford City on Saturday, but the international call-ups put paid to that fixture.  

Luke Gambin (Malta), Callum Harriott (Guyana), and Brandon Comley, (Monserrat), have all been jetting off around the world in the last week to take part in various competitions for their national sides. 

Winger Luke Gambin and his Maltese teammates were the first to step into action for the Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the national side taking on the formidable Spanish side in Spain.

The game taking place in Cadiz at a stadium usually cramming in 25,000 supporters, Malta were understandably underdogs against the Euro and World Cup winners. 

As the final whistle blew, it was 7-0 to Spain, who fielded a team including Sergio Ramos, Santi Cazorla, and Alvaro Morata.

Luke Gambin, was an unused substitute. Malta will travel back to play their final game in the qualifiers, at home against Norway on Monday night.

Callum Harriott was next to represent his side, Guyana. The game was in the CONCACAF Nations League, the first time the tournament has taken place.

The tournament, very similar to the UEFA Nations League that England competed in earlier in the year, is set out with three leagues. 

Guyana play in League B, in a group along with Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Aruba and Harriott lined up in the starting XI against Aruba, alongside former U’s full back Matt Briggs. 

Aruba took an early lead before Matt Briggs brought Guyana back on level terms in the opening ten minutes.

Fifteen later, Aruba were back in front, before U’s winger Callum Harriott smashed in the equaliser.

Nicking the ball following a defensive mistake, he rifled the ball into the bottom corner, making it 2-2 before half time. 

Guyana went on to win 4-2 against an Aruba side without a win in the competition, and will now travel to group leaders Jamaica for a game on Tuesday. 

The weekend’s action closed with Brandon Comley and his Monserrat teammates playing away at El Salvador in the same competition as Guyana.

Same competition, but different groups, so we will not see two Colchester United players come up against one another in this international competition. 

Comley also started the game for Monserrat, against the group leaders El Salvador, and stayed on to play the full ninety minutes.

It was a game that finished in disappointment for the U’s central midfielder, as it finished 1-0 to El Salvador, with the goal coming in the ninety first minute. 

Monserrat will now travel to Saint Lucia for the final game of the group. They must not lose to ensure that they are not relegated into League C, with the game late on Tuesday.


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