Colchester United 1-0 Ipswich Town
A LATE GOAL from Ryan Clampin which was both bizarre and spectacular settled this hard-fought East Anglian derby as Colchester United confirmed their leasing.com Trophy progress as well as ensuring a home tie in the second round.
John McGreal made eight changes to his starting line-up following Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup first-round defeat to Coventry City. Nevertheless, it was Ipswich who largely dominated the opening period.
U’s stopper, Ethan Ross, was called upon to deal with Idris El Mizouni’s speculative effort and a troublesome centre from Anthony Georgiou.
Gwion Edwards was off target after Ben Folami had created an opening. Then Folami was thwarted by Tom Lapslie’s timely intervention as the visitor’s continued to ask all the questions.
Colchester hadn’t provided much of a threat – Luke Norris with the only notable attempt – a dead-ball strike which fizzed into the side netting
Folami dragged wide, while El Mizouni saw an effort blocked and Georgiou blazed wayward as Ipswich continued to press. Meanwhile, Colchester wanted a spot-kick when Courtney Senior collided with Town keeper, Tomas Holy – Referee, Sam Purkiss, waving away the North Essex sides appeals.
The pressure was lifted somewhat from both camps when news filtered through of Gillingham’s victory over Tottenham’s under 21’s – the result confirming both Colchester and Ipswich’s progress in the competition. All that remained was to clarify who topped the group and booked a home tie in the second round.
And as the game moved towards its final stages, it was Colchester – who had spent so much of the game on the back foot – that made an extraordinary breakthrough.
Clampin raced to intercept an Ipswich raid led by El Mizouni close to the halfway line, but the velocity of his challenge sent the ball fizzing high beyond Holy into the roof of the Ipswich net for what proved to be the only goal of the game.
With the international break putting pay to Colchester’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Bradford City on Saturday, the U’s have to wait until Saturday, November 23 for their next league encounter – a trip to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium to face Cheltenham Town (3pm).
Colchester United: Ethan Ross, Tom Lapslie, Luke Prosser, Omar Sowunmi, Courtney Senior (Kwame Poku 65’), Harry Pell, Luke Norris, Jevani Brown, Brendon Sarpong-Wiredu (Ryan Jackson 57’), Ryan Clampin, Frank Nouble (Theo Robinson 71’) Subs not used: Dean Gerken (GK), Cohen Bramall, Tom Eastman, Ben Stevenson
Booked: Omar Sowunmi (foul), Luke Norris (foul)
Goals: Ryan Clampin 80’
Ipswich Town: Tomas Holy, Janoi Donacien, James Wilson, Gwion Edwards (Twanda Chirewa 90+1’), Aristote Nsiala, Idris El Mizouni (Tommy Hughes 87’), Myles Kenlock, Ben Folami, Anthony Georgiou (Liam Gibbs 87’), Brett McGavin, Emyr Huws Subs not used: Will Norris (GK), Danny Rowe, Luke Woolfenden, Kai Brown
Booked: James Wilson (foul)
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Stephen Brown and Oliver Mackey
Fourth Official: Ryan Atkin
Attendance: 5,104 (2,781 from Ipswich)