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Report: Pools' Pay Pen, As Lis Is Spot On

Colchester United
2 - 0
Hartlepool United

Steven Green @ Weston Homes Community Stadium

19/09/2009 - 15:00

Attendance: 4,259


TWO spot-kicks from Kevin Lisbie, against Hartlepool United, ensured Aidy Boothroyd made it a winning start in his first home game in charge of Colchester United.

The U`s, who were rewarded a gobsmacking three penalty-kicks, during the game, earned a comfortable 2-0 victory in front of a, sparse, but noisy Weston Homes Community Stadium crowd.

New-signings Kayode Odejay + Danny Batth were both handed full-debuts by Boothroyd, while midfielder David Fox also moved into the starting XI, as winger Ashley Vincent sat out through injury.

As the match started evenly, with both the U`s and the Monkey Hangers full of attacking intent, Lisbie had the first-real chance, but failed to connect with Anthony Wordsworth`s curling cross from the left.

The visitors were the first of the sides to test either 'keeper, with defender Peter Hartley forcing U`s man Ben Williams into a fantastic save, low down to his left.

The U`s were, however, starting to consistently cause their opponents problems, with the on-loan Odejayi flashing a decisive header narrowly wide of the upright.

Shortly after, Lisbie, who was operating in an unorthodox right-wing position, played the ball in-field to powerful midfield-man John-Joe O`Toole. And the Irishman launched a left-footed piledriver, from fully 25-yards, which looked destined for the top-corner, only for Pools` stopper Scott Flinders to palm it away from danger.

Despite the U`s domination, Williams had to be alive to keep the game goalless, using his feet well, to save James Brown`s low-effort, on 37 minutes.

Another cross from the U`s caused more problems, and after O`Toole failed to get a shot away, his central-midfielder partner Fox went close with a delicate long-range shot.

Pools` centre-half Sam Collins was penalised, minutes later, for a foul on Odejayi, only for Lisbie to fire the resulting spot-kick high and wide, much to the home fan`s disappointment.

But, with the half-time whistle drawing closer, Lisbie was given the chance to lay his ghost to rest, as the U`s were rewarded a second penalty-kick. And the Jamaican ace didn`t hesitate at all - smashing the ball into the top-corner, beyond 'keeper Flinders` stretched dive.

HALF-TIME: Colchester 1-0 Hartlepool

Two-minutes into the second-period and the U`s were, astonishingly handed another spot-kick, to bring their tally to a trio, this time for hand ball. And Lisbie stepped up for a third time, converting the ball low into the bottom corner, as Flinders was stranded.

The game quietened down, following the U`s, and Lisbie`s second, but Odejayi came close to making it 3-0 on the hour mark. Quick-thinking from a free-kick fed the big-forward in behind the back-four, but Flinders produced a fine reflex save to deny him a debut goal.

As the U`s continued to coast the game, Wordsworth, who has immensely impressed this season, blazed a knock-down, from Clive Platt, high over the cross-bar.

Boothroyd was given the chance to experiment, as the U`s held out for a comfortable win, with Steven Gillespie and Thomas Bender both playing the final few minutes.

FULL-TIME: Colchester 2-0 Hartlepool

U's: Williams, White, Okuonghae, Batth, Tierney, Lisbie (Ifil 88), Fox, O'Toole, Wordsworth (Bender 88), Platt, Odejayi (Gillespie 80)

Star Player

John-Joe O'Toole

Although, on today's performance, its hard to criticize any man in blue 'n' white, the Watford loanee looked a class apart in the middle-of-the-park.

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Writer:StevieG Col U
Date:Saturday September 19 2009
Time: 9:11PM

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Little bit disappointed if I am honest. Did not like the 11 man defence used for corners and free kicks in our half. Midfield seemed to lack a quality passer of the ball (Watson like). Odejayi performed well as did Batth, bearing in mind his tenter years- just needs to stay on his feet more often when making tackles. Star player in my book -Williams-did not put a foot wrong.
20/09/2009 10:43:00
Welcome to the site, Ultracritic. :D Well, I'm just thrilled we won - that comes first! Thought Fox looked ok, think he can be our new Kev Watson, has a god range of passing. And like you say Williams was, once again, great! 60k=Bargain!
StevieG Col U
20/09/2009 12:35:00
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