Cambridge began their ninth year in the Conference Premier with a thumping 5-1 win against promoted FC Halifax, who played for 69 minutes with nine men.

The visitors took an early lead through Lee Gregory, but Danny Lowe was sent off for a foul in the box and Adam Cunnington scored from the spot.

Halifax keeper Matt Glennon saw red in similar circumstances, but Cunnington was denied a second by sub Tom Morgan.

Ryan Donaldson, a Delano Sam-Yorke brace and Cunnington completed the win.

It was an eventful debut for striker Cunnington, who was prolific in the Conference Premier for Tamworth last season and joined the U's for an undisclosed fee in the summer.

Substitute Sam-Yorke, a summer signing from Basingstoke, also marked his first appearance for the club with two goals, his second a powerful left-footed strike.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Maxwell
  • 03 Taylor (Berry - 53' )
  • 05 Bonner
  • 06 Miller
  • 14 Tait
  • 07 Donaldson
  • 08 Champion
  • 11 Dunk
  • 24 Arnold (Hughes - 72' )
  • 09 Cunnington
  • 10 Elliott (Sam-Yorke - 43' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Wilson
  • 12 McAuley
  • 18 Berry
  • 17 Hughes
  • 19 Sam-Yorke

FC Halifax

  • 01 Glennon Dismissed
  • 02 Toulson
  • 03 McManus
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 06 Lowe Dismissed
  • 15 Roberts (Briggs - 54' )
  • 20 Maynard
  • 07 Smith Booked (Morgan - 24' )
  • 11 Gregory Booked
  • 14 Wilson
  • 19 Holsgrove (Ainge - 15' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 38 Morgan
  • 22 Ainge
  • 04 Briggs
  • 10 Gardner
  • 09 Johnson
Ref: Whitton
Att: 2,780

Match Stats

Shots

26 6

On target

15 2

Corners

10 2

Fouls

8 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:20

Shot by Tom Bonner went wide of the right-hand post.

90:00 +2:52

Short corner taken by Ryan Donaldson from the left by-line.

90:00 +1:53

Delano Sam-Yorke takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

90:00 +0:52

Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson from the right by-line. Clearance by Simon Ainge.

89:22

Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson. Clearance by Simon Ainge.

88:38

Luke Berry takes a shot. Matty Pearson gets a block in. Short corner worked by Ryan Donaldson. Harrison Dunk takes a shot. Blocked by Scott McManus.

87:21

Lee Gregory gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Bonner. Tom Bonner takes the free kick.

85:37

Unfair challenge on Luke Berry by Keith Briggs results in a free kick. Richard Tait takes the free kick.

84:42

Richard Tait takes a shot. Simon Ainge gets a block in.

84:08

Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson.

83:18

Shot by Adam Cunnington. Blocked by Ryan Toulson. Short corner taken by Ryan Donaldson. Centre by Harrison Dunk. Lois Maynard makes a clearance.

82:18

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke on Simon Ainge, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tom Morgan.

81:08

Delano Sam-Yorke takes a shot. Tom Morgan safely holds on.

80:33

Harrison Dunk has an effort at goal. Tom Morgan blocks the ball.

78:55

The ball is swung over by Harrison Dunk. Header by Adam Cunnington goes to the left of the goal.

78:17

Matty Pearson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

77:50

Delano Sam-Yorke concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Briggs. Ryan Toulson takes the free kick.

76:48

Unfair challenge on Josh Wilson by Richard Tait results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Josh Wilson. Liam Hughes makes a clearance.

74:41

The ball is sent over by Richard Tait. Tom Morgan punches the ball.

72:43

Liam Hughes crosses the ball. Tom Morgan catches the ball.

71:41 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hughes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Arnold.

70:49

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Donaldson.

70:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Delano Sam-Yorke - Cambridge 5 - 1 FC Halifax Delano Sam-Yorke scores a left footed goal. Cambridge Utd 5-1 FC Halifax.

70:11

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Donaldson. Lois Maynard manages to make a clearance.

68:27 Booking

Booking

68:02

Lee Gregory concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Tait. Booking for Lee Gregory for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Ian Miller.

67:26

Josh Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk. Free kick taken by Chris Maxwell.

66:11

The assist for the goal came from Nathan Arnold.

66:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Cunnington - Cambridge 4 - 1 FC Halifax Adam Cunnington scores with their right foot. Cambridge Utd 4-1 FC Halifax.

65:04

Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Simon Ainge gets a block in. Centre by Nathan Arnold. Shot by Luke Berry cleared the target.

61:50 Booking

Booking

61:35

The ball is sent over by Scott McManus. Foul by Matty Pearson on Harrison Dunk, free kick awarded. The referee shows Matty Pearson a yellow card. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

61:13

The referee blows for offside against Adam Cunnington. Tom Morgan takes the free kick.

60:44

Lee Gregory concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Miller. Richard Tait takes the free kick.

59:29

Adam Cunnington fouled by Simon Ainge, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Donaldson restarts play with the free kick.

59:09

Keith Briggs takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

57:40

Tom Bonner challenges Lee Gregory unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Wilson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Chris Maxwell turns it away with a diving stop. Corner taken by Josh Wilson. Clearance by Harrison Dunk.

57:12

Adam Cunnington takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

52:42 Substitution

Substitution Keith Briggs is brought on as a substitute for Marc Roberts.

52:42 Substitution

Substitution (Cambridge Utd) makes a substitution, with Luke Berry coming on for Greg Taylor.

52:42

Shot by Nathan Arnold missed to the right of the net.

51:55

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Tom Morgan safely holds on.

51:31

Centre by Lee Gregory. Chris Maxwell catches the ball.

50:34

Lee Gregory takes a shot.

49:57

The ball is delivered by Richard Tait. Header at goal by Ryan Donaldson goes over the frame of the goal.

48:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Delano Sam-Yorke - Cambridge 3 - 1 FC Halifax Delano Sam-Yorke scores a right footed goal. Cambridge Utd 3-1 FC Halifax.

46:55

Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson. Clearance by Scott McManus.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +5:03 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +3:46

The ball is crossed by Ryan Toulson.

45:00 +2:11 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:03

Simon Ainge concedes a free kick for a foul on Delano Sam-Yorke. Booking for Simon Ainge for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Harrison Dunk.

45:00 +1:14

Harrison Dunk produces a cross. Header by Delano Sam-Yorke goes to the left of the goal.

45:00 +0:11

Greg Taylor crosses the ball. Lois Maynard manages to make a clearance.

43:37

A cross is delivered by Scott McManus. Chris Maxwell safely holds on.

42:48 Substitution

Substitution Tom Elliott goes off and Delano Sam-Yorke comes on.

38:55

Foul by Marc Roberts on Tom Elliott, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Donaldson.

38:07

Ryan Toulson fouled by Tom Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Morgan takes the free kick.

36:52

Josh Wilson delivers the ball. Clearance by Ian Miller.

35:26

Richard Tait provided the assist for the goal.

35:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Donaldson - Cambridge 2 - 1 FC Halifax Ryan Donaldson grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Cambridge Utd 2-1 FC Halifax.

35:17

Richard Tait delivers the ball. Marc Roberts makes a clearance.

33:04

Ryan Donaldson challenges Matty Pearson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Toulson takes the free kick.

31:31

Greg Taylor takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

31:08

Nathan Arnold takes a shot. Blocked by Simon Ainge.

30:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matty Pearson on Tom Bonner. Greg Taylor takes the free kick.

29:30

Centre by Richard Tait. Header by Tom Elliott goes to the left of the goal.

25:34

Corner from the right by-line taken by Harrison Dunk. Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Simon Ainge. Tom Morgan restarts play with the free kick.

25:14

Corner taken by Ryan Donaldson from the left by-line. Clearance made by Simon Ainge.

25:05 Penalty

Placed penalty taken by Adam Cunnington saved by Tom Morgan. Cambridge Utd 1-1 FC Halifax.

22:39 Booking

Booking

21:36 Dismissal

Dismissal

21:24 Substitution

Substitution Tom Morgan is brought on as a substitute for Adam Smith.

21:24

Unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Matt Glennon results in a Penalty. Matt Glennon is shown a red card. Adam Smith is booked.

19:14

Josh Wilson challenges Ian Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Maxwell restarts play with the free kick.

18:33

Adam Cunnington has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

17:20

The ball is crossed by Tom Elliott. Clearance by Simon Ainge.

17:09

The ball is delivered by Ryan Donaldson. Marc Roberts manages to make a clearance.

14:27

Adam Cunnington has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Blocked by Josh Wilson. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Ainge by Tom Bonner. Free kick taken by Matt Glennon.

14:27 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Holsgrove leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Ainge.

14:27

Unfair challenge on Harrison Dunk by Josh Wilson results in a free kick.

13:34

The ball is delivered by Ryan Donaldson. Marc Roberts manages to make a clearance.

12:58

Josh Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Donaldson. Tom Champion takes the free kick.

12:21

Tom Elliott provided the assist for the goal.

12:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Cunnington - Cambridge 1 - 1 FC Halifax Placed penalty scored by Adam Cunnington. Cambridge Utd 1-1 FC Halifax.

11:34 Dismissal

Dismissal

11:16

Penalty awarded for a foul by Danny Lowe on Tom Elliott. Danny Lowe shown a red card.

7:43

Unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Danny Lowe results in a free kick. Harrison Dunk produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Clearance made by Marc Roberts.

6:44

Assist by Adam Smith.

6:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Gregory - Cambridge 0 - 1 FC Halifax Lee Gregory slots the ball right footed into the goal. Cambridge Utd 0-1 FC Halifax.

6:13

Corner taken by Kevin Holsgrove from the right by-line. Tom Elliott manages to make a clearance.

5:56

A cross is delivered by Richard Tait. Clearance made by Marc Roberts.

5:34

Josh Wilson challenges Nathan Arnold unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Taylor takes the free kick.

4:22

Adam Smith takes a shot and cleared the net.

1:42

The ball is sent over by Richard Tait. Matt Glennon catches the ball.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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