The FA Cup - First Round
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Colchester United 0-2 Coventry City

Former FA Cup winners Coventry made comfortable progress into the second round of this season's competition with a 2-0 victory at Colchester.

Mark Robins' League One promotion chasers were always in control and effectively put the contest to bed with two goals in the opening half hour.

The Sky Blues' opener came on 11 minutes, after a clever ball over the top from Zain Westbrooke. He spotted the darting run of Jordan Shipley, who took a touch before rifling home in emphatic style.

Dean Gerken, who had just made a diving save from Shipley, got a hand to it but was unable to keep the ball out.

It was no more than the visitors deserved, having bossed the early stages, and their second duly followed just before the half-hour mark.

Sam McCallum took a free-kick from deep on the right but his intended ball into the danger zone somehow evaded everyone and nestled inside the far corner.

Coventry nearly added a third but Westbrooke's low drive struck the outside of the left-hand post, with Gerken beaten.

It was the Sky Blues' first away win of the season, stretching their unbeaten run to six games, while League Cup quarter-finalists Colchester were brought back to earth after three straight victories.

Match report supplied by PA Media.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gerken
  • 2JacksonBooked at 34mins
  • 18EastmanBooked at 83mins
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 14Comley
  • 24Stevenson
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forNorrisat 70'minutes
  • 49PokuSubstituted forSowunmiat 46'minutes
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forGambinat 55'minutes
  • 45Nouble


  • 4Lapslie
  • 6Sowunmi
  • 9Norris
  • 10Brown
  • 12Sarpong-Wiredu
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross


Formation 3-4-3

  • 13Wilson
  • 4Rose
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 23Dabo
  • 6KellyBooked at 58mins
  • 20Walsh
  • 31McCallum
  • 25WestbrookeSubstituted forEcclesat 90+2'minutes
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forO'Hareat 74'minutes


  • 3Mason
  • 17O'Hare
  • 33Kastaneer
  • 35Drysdale
  • 38Eccles
  • 41Bapaga
  • 50Tyler
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 0, Coventry City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Coventry City 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Josh Eccles replaces Zain Westbrooke.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Gambin (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  5. Post update

    Luke Norris (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Stevenson (Colchester United).

  8. Post update

    Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Hare (Coventry City).

  11. Post update

    Luke Norris (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

  13. Booking

    Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Liam Walsh (Coventry City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Callum O'Hare replaces Jordan Shipley.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Hyam (Coventry City).

  20. Post update

    Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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