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Exeter City 1-0 Colchester United

Exeter will face Lincoln in the League Two play-off semi-finals as their defeat of Colchester was enough for them finish the season in fourth place.

Exeter should have gone ahead in the 13th minute when Liam McAlinden capitalised on some poor defending.

He lofted the ball over the head of goalkeeper Dillon Barnes but opted to set up Robbie Simpson despite having an open goal, with the ball going over his head as the chance went begging.

Simpson had the ball in the net only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul by the Exeter striker, but it was a poor first half of few chances for either side.

On the hour mark, Colchester had a great opportunity to go in front when Pierce Sweeney was adjudged to have fouled Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe in the box, but Sammie Szmodics' penalty was poor and kept out by the feet of Christy Pym.

Dean Moxey fired against the inside of the post for Exeter, who then went in front on 72 minutes when Simpson connected with Sweeney's deep cross to head past Barnes.

Ogedi-Uzokwe's deflected cross had to be palmed behind by Pym, but Colchester rarely threatened as Exeter saw the game out to finish fourth.

League Two play-off semi-final dates

Saturday, 12 May (15:00 BST): Lincoln City v Exeter City

Thursday, 17 May (19:45 BST): Exeter City v Lincoln City

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 15Moore-TaylorSubstituted forSeaborneat 58'minutes
  • 21MoxeySubstituted forJamesat 80'minutes
  • 28Edwards
  • 6Tillson
  • 44Boateng
  • 7HarleySubstituted forWoodmanat 58'minutes
  • 19McAlinden
  • 8Simpson

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 4James
  • 12Jones
  • 18Seaborne
  • 20Jay
  • 22Wilson
  • 33Loft

Colchester

  • 25Barnes
  • 2Jackson
  • 6Kent
  • 5Prosser
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 14Comley
  • 36GondohBooked at 33mins
  • 10Szmodics
  • 16MurraySubstituted forLapslieat 76'minutes
  • 20SeniorSubstituted forWrightat 76'minutes
  • 19MandronSubstituted forOgedi-Uzokweat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 4Lapslie
  • 7Wright
  • 18Eastman
  • 27Ogedi-Uzokwe
  • 31Issa
  • 45Sims
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
4,615

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Colchester United 0.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Ryan Gondoh (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

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

Attempt blocked. Brandon Comley (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

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

Foul by Robbie Simpson (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lloyd James replaces Dean Moxey.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tom Lapslie replaces Sean Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Courtney Senior.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Colchester United 0. Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Brandon Comley (Colchester United).

Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Penalty saved! Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty Colchester United. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Ryan Harley.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Danny Seaborne replaces Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Attempt missed. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Foul by Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (Colchester United).

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Brandon Comley (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Ryan Gondoh (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Colchester United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe replaces Mikael Mandron.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Colchester United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington462961176463093
2Luton462513894464888
3Wycombe4624121079601984
4Exeter462481464541080
5Notts County4621141171482377
6Coventry462291564471775
7Lincoln City4620151164481675
8Mansfield4618181067521572
9Swindon46208186765268
10Carlisle461716136254867
11Newport461616145658-264
12Cambridge461713165660-464
13Colchester461614165352162
14Crawley461611195866-859
15Crewe46175246275-1356
16Stevenage461413196065-555
17Cheltenham461312216773-651
18Grimsby461312214266-2451
19Yeovil461212225975-1648
20Port Vale461114214967-1847
21Forest Green46138255477-2347
22Morecambe46919184156-1546
23Barnet461210244665-1946
24Chesterfield46108284783-3638
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