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Accrington Stanley 2-1 Colchester United

Accrington Stanley chalked up a valuable win against promotion-chasing Colchester in their battle to avoid relegation from League Two despite being reduced to 10 men.

The Reds took the lead in the 18th minute when Sean McConville played in a ball from the left to unmarked striker Billy Kee 10 yards out and he smashed the ball home for his 12th goal of the season.

Colchester, already struggling with injuries, were forced to make an early substitution when striker Denny Johnstone hobbled off with a knee problem on 25 minutes, Chris Porter replacing him.

And Stanley struck again when Shay McCartan's 25-yard free-kick was turned around the post by keeper Sam Walker and, from the resulting McConville corner, defender Matty Pearson powered home a header.

Colchester rarely threatened, but they were given a lifeline when defender Omar Beckles brought down Brennan Dickenson as he ran through on goal on the stroke of half-time and referee Richard Clark produced the red card.

United boss John McGreal made a double substitution at half-time, but the 10 men of Stanley continued to press for the third.

McCartan ran clean through on the hour after the referee waved advantage for a foul on Kee, but the forward fired agonisingly wide with only Walker to beat.

Colchester were back in it on 76 minutes when McConville fouled sub Drey Wright in the area and Porter scored the resulting penalty.

Defender George Elokobi could have levelled on 81 minutes, but his overhead kick was deflected just over the bar, while Porter came close, and Kurtis Guthrie glanced a header wide in the final minutes.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 32Rodgers
  • 5BecklesBooked at 45mins
  • 3Hughes
  • 2Pearson
  • 7Clark
  • 28Conneely
  • 8Brown
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 75mins
  • 10McCartanSubstituted forBocoat 70'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 15Clare
  • 16Husin
  • 20Chapman
  • 24Edwards

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forBriggsat 45'minutes
  • 14WynterBooked at 61mins
  • 15ElokobiBooked at 46mins
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 24Slater
  • 22GarvanBooked at 45mins
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forWrightat 45'minutes
  • 28GuthrieBooked at 30mins
  • 17JohnstoneSubstituted forPorterat 26'minutes
  • 11Dickenson

Substitutes

  • 3Briggs
  • 7Wright
  • 9Porter
  • 25Barnes
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 35James
  • 39Edge
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
1,310

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Colchester United 1.

Attempt blocked. Drey Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Colchester United).

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

George Elokobi (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley).

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Drey Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Colchester United 1. Chris Porter (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Colchester United. Drey Wright draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Romuald Boco replaces Shay McCartan.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Kane Vincent-Young.

Attempt blocked. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Colchester United).

Booking

Alex Wynter (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster32197661382364
2Plymouth31194851341761
3Carlisle321513456451158
4Luton321411748301853
5Portsmouth31157945291652
6Exeter321551251351650
7Mansfield32121194137447
8Stevenage32144145049146
9Wycombe31137113939046
10Barnet32111294143-245
11Colchester31128114741644
12Grimsby32128123939044
13Cambridge31127124037343
14Blackpool311012945331242
15Morecambe30125133946-741
16Crawley31116143849-1139
17Yeovil32911123340-738
18Crewe32812123546-1136
19Accrington3089133242-1033
20Notts County3296173758-2133
21Cheltenham32711143646-1032
22Hartlepool32711143856-1832
23Leyton Orient3285193550-1529
24Newport31510163550-1525
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