Date:Saturday August 26 2006
26th Aug 2006 3.00pm
Derby County have never won at Layer Road, and with the U`s in fine form today that stat was never going to change. Jamie Cureton collected an early birthday present claiming the match ball for what is his eighth hatrick of his career.
The last time the teams met was back in the FA Cup in January the U`s winning 3-1 on the day with Goals from Danns (2) and aussie Richard Garcia.
This was the first ever league meeting of these two clubs and the U`s set out their stall early, attacking almost from the start.
Cureton had his first chance on goal within 3 minutes after receiving a cross from defender Wayne Brown only to see his effort go past the post, witin a couple of minutes Cureton again found himself in space, shooting over, when a pass to Duguid would have been better placed.
Derby could not get out of their half; they had a found a Colchester side in attacking mood and penned back, the only rest bite was long clearances to Steve Howard, who was being closely marshaled by the Colchester back four.
Howard did come close only to see his header easily collected by Davison in the Colchester Goal.
Back at the other end Colchester continued to attack with flair, with Cureton seeing his shot crash off the crossbar after a corner from Watson was flicked on by Garcia with Derby keeper Lee camp well beaten.
This only seemed to spur the home side on, with Cureton soon collecting his first of the match after Duguid`s throw was missed by the Rams defence, Cureton had time to pick his spot making sure.
It seemed that the game had only just restarted when the Derby keeper was picking the ball out of the back of the net yet again, Kevin Watson took a free kick after a cynical foul on Izzet, Cureton came in at the back post to power what was a fantastic header past the despairing dive of Lee Camp.
Colchester continued to attack the Derby goal with Halford and Baldwin both coming close. However against the run of play derby did manage to haul themselves back into the game failing to close down the visitors on the edge of the area, tricky Italian Arturo Lupoli fired a tame shot through the legs of a home defender catching a deflection on the way and past the despairing dive of Aidan Davison.
This did nothing to put the U`s off of their game plan and Iwelumo nearly made it three with a thundering header that lee camp managed to palm away.
Half Time: Colchester 2 Derby 1
Colchester came out to the second half in the same way the had played almost all of the first, seeing a break was on Aidan Davison quickly released Richard Garcia with an excellent throw, the aussie ran down the right breaking into the box only to be bundled over by Nyantanga, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Scottish striker Chris Iwelumo stepped up to send the Derby keeper the wrong way to further the home side`s advantage. The U`s were cruising and nothing seemed to be going right for the visitors, their play seemed to go from bad to worse.
Colchester scored their fourth and Curetons 3rd of the game after he latched onto an Iwelumo flick on to lob the ball past Lee Camp to make it 4-1.
The U`s were not finished yet, with 15mins to go and cruising the home side continued to search for more goals, with the busy Kemal Izzet having a shot saved by Lee camp.
Whilst on the attack U`s Skipper Karl Duguid lost the ball half way into the Derby half, the ball found its way through to Arsenal loanee Arturo Lupoli who proceeded to collect his second goal of the game.
With Substitute Paul Peschisolido grabbing another on 89 minutes, he set up a nail biting last few minutes to game that Colchester should have won by a larger margin.
The score line flattered the visitors who in complete contrast to their hosts have spent a lot of money on players in the summer, not only was this a welcome win, it was thoroughly deserved. With a two week break for internationals, the management team of Geriant Williams and Mick Harford can work on the individual errors that in the past weeks have cost us dear, and indeed could have cost us again today.
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Date:Saturday August 26 2006
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