Six-up U’s pile the misery on Molesley’s sad Shrimpers

Colchester United 6-1 Southend United

Colchester United heaped further misery on Essex rivals Southend United, winning a one-side Papa Johns Trophy tie by six goals to one at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Steve Ball, angered by the U’s Emirates FA Cup exit at the hands of Marine, made five changes to his starting line-up, while Mark Molesley, also smarting from a defeat at the hands of non-league opposition, switched seven in a bid to find a side and system that might offer a glimmer of hope following a winless run stretching back fifteen matches.

As it transpired, Southend were no match for their traditional rivals, who dominated throughout. Harry Seaden used his feet to thwart Jevani Brown after the U’s leading marksman had wriggled clear, while Shamal George superbly saved from Spurs loanee, Kazaiah Sterling, as early opportunities were exchanged.

But it was clear that Colchester were the more fluent. Michael Folivi’s effort was blocked, and when the resulting flag-kick was recycled by Kwame Poku, Brown met the cross with a neat header to hand the U’s the lead.

Seaden expertly palmed away Poku’s speculative effort as the hosts looked to double their advantage. But Brown out-foxed Southend’s off-side call with their next meaningful foray forward – again, the visitors appeared feeble and disorganised as the U’s man added his second ofb the evening.

Seaden raced from his goal to deny Brown a third immediately after the restart, but Southend continued to make basic errors – Shaun Hobson was clumsy on Josh Bohui – Brown claimed the match ball by sending Seaden the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.

Colchester were running away with it. Seaden perhaps should have done better dealing with Michael Folivi’s drive. The stopper got a big hand to the attempt before it spun into the net. Then Southend-born Noah Chilvers added a fifth after substitute Samson Tovide’s effort cannoned off the bar.

Colchester were keen to inflict more pain. Kwame Poku was on hand to convert Ryan Clampin’s centre to make it six.

Sterling pulled one back in stoppage-time, but this had been a hugely embarrassing evening for Southend as the U’s recorded their biggest-ever derby victory.

Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, November 14 when Leyton Orient are the visitors to the JobServe Community Stadium (3pm). At the same time, Southend United head to the Banks’s Stadium where they will take on Walsall.

Colchester United: Shamal George, Omar Sowunmi, Harry Pell, (Samson Tovide 58’) Jevani Brown (Marley Marshall Miranda 58’), Noah Chilvers, Miquel Scarlett, Tom Eastman (Miles Welch-Hayes 63’), Ryan Clampin, Kwame Poku, Josh Bohui, Michael Folivi Subs not used: Callum Coulter (GK), Courtney Senior, Paris Cowan-Hall, Harvey Sayer

Booked: Marley Marshall Miranda (foul)
Goals: Jevani Brown 16’, 38’, 57 (penalty), Michael Folivi 63’, Noah Chilvers 70’, Kwame Poku 83’

Southend United: Harry Seaden, Shaun Hobson, Brandon Goodship (Ashley Nathaniel-George 46’), Terrell Egbri, Tom Clifford, Harry Phillips, Kazaiah Sterling, Emile Acquah (Ollie Coker 71’), Matt Rush, Richard Taylor, John White (Reiss Chandler 46’) Subs not used: Jamie Grossart, Tommy Davis, Tayo Adedoja, Cameron Brown

Booked: John White (dissent), Terrell Egbri (foul), Shaun Hobson (dissent)
Goals: Kazaiah Sterling 90+2′

Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Paul Lister and Stephen Brown
Fourth Official: Paul Yates

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Brian Jeeves

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