Two goals in the first half from Michael Folivi and Harry Pell earned Colchester United a valuable win at the expense of Essex rivals Southend United in the penultimate home game of the season.
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It was courtesy of two goals in the first forty-five that Colchester United were able to claim all three points against Southend United.
Michael Folivi tapped in from close range following in from Harry Pell's effort to set the U's on their way before Harry Pell sealed it with a powerful volley that was unstoppable.
Hayden Mullins was afforded the luxury of being able to name an unchanged starting eleven from the side that won 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The only change to the matchday eighteen saw Josh Doherty replaced on the bench by Rem Oteh.
The visitors enjoyed more possession in the opening stages of the game, looking to get out of the traps early, but the U's were able to subdue any early chances and settle the game.
In truth it was an even opening twenty minutes of so of the Essex Derby, with the first shot on goal coming in the twenty-seventh minute of the game.
Callum Harriott received the ball on the left flank and cut inside to strike with his right foot. But his effort was weak and easy for Oxley to collect.
But just three minutes later the U's took the lead. Michael Folivi was the man in the right place in the right time for the second game running as he tapped into the empty net. Following in from Harry Pell's driven effort, Oxley spilled the ball to Folivi who simply couldn't miss.
From then on, the U's were the ones on top, creating chances aplenty. It took just seven more minutes for Hayden Mullins' side to add a second, and this time it was Harry Pell who got his name on the score sheet.
Pell arrived in the middle of the box to lash home a powerful volley that gave Oxley no chance, making it 2-0 to Colchester United with less than ten minutes to play until half time.
There was a confidence flowing through the Colchester United team, with passes being sprayed around the pitch, and the Shrimpers seeing little of the ball as the half drew to a close with the U's holding a two-goal advantage.
There were two changes at half time for the visitors as they looked to break back into the game, and piled the pressure on the U's early in the second half.
But on the break, Colchester United were dangerous, and were perhaps a little unlucky not to have a spot kick ten minutes into the second period. Michael Folivi went down in the area under the challenge from Hobson, but the referee gave a free kick to the Shrimpers.
Unfortunately, Michael Folivi was unable to continue after the challenge and had to be replaced by Jevani Brown.
The U's continued to press but had to be aware of the threats that Southend United possessed. There were chances for Hackett Fairchild, as he blasted an effort wide, but only before the Shrimpers were reduced to ten men.
Jason Demetriou was sent off for a nasty challenge on Harry Pell, one that broke the U's captain's shin pad, meaning Southend United were forced to play the last twenty minutes one man light.
Nothing could stop Colchester United from cruising to victory in the Essex Derby and taking a vital three points, creating a nine point gap to Southend United with three points to go.
The U's move up to twenty-first, moving above Barrow on forty-seven points.
Colchester United Starting XI: George, Welch-Hayes, Smith, Pell, Harriott, Chilvers, Eastman, Clampin, Wiredu, Folivi (Brown 54'), Nouble.
Unused Subs: Gerken, Lapslie, Sowunmi, Senior, Oteh, Stevenson.
Southend United Starting XI: Oxley, Bwomono (Cordner 73'), Hobson, Goodship (Taylor 46'), Hackett Fairchild (Egbri 67'), Demetriou, Holmes (Acquah 83'), Walsh (Halford 46'), Hart, Ferguson, White.
Unused Subs: Seaden, Olayinka.