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Comeback Point For Young U's

U23's draw 3-3 at Swansea City

7 October 2020

Colchester United's U23s drew 3-3 at Swansea City in their latest league encounter.

They took a point against the Championship youngsters, coming back from 3-0 down in South Wales on Sunday.

And it was the U's who looked more likely to win it late on after the Swans had a man sent off.

A Liam Cullen brace sandwiched a fine strike by Oli Cooper as the young Swans opened up commanding 3-0 lead early in the second half.

However, Colchester fought back to snatch a point, with second half goals from Alfie Cerulli, Aaron Brown and Tom Stagg

The young U's then forced the hosts to hold on for a share of the spoils after Daniel Williams’ red card in the latter stages of the contest.

The Swans took the lead from the penalty spot in the twenty seventh minute. Cullen marked his first U23s appearance in just over eight months by finding the net after Garrick was pushed in the box.

Cooper doubled the advantage just eight minutes later with a fine strike following a wonderful move of over twenty passes by the hosts.

Nine minutes into the second half, it was three with Cullen notching his second after connecting with Williams’ inviting free-kick, making it twelve goals in his last five appearances for the Swans'development side.

At that point, everyone could have been forgiven for thinking it was game over but within a minute of that third goal for Swansea, the U's had one back.

A neat cross was met by a half-volley by Cerulli, a strike that left Jamie Searle with no chance in the home goal.

Searle was beaten again by a Brown header at the far post in the sixty fifth minute as the U's capitalised after the hosts failed to take opportunities to kill off the game.

And a penalty by Stagg completed the comeback four minutes from time, with Williams penalised for a tug in the box and subsequently shown a second yellow card.

The U's finished the game strongly, but couldn't find a winner that would have seemed impossible with the game fifty two minutes old. 

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