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Carlisle United 0-0 Cambridge United

Cambridge ended a run of five defeats in all competitions on the road with goalless draw in a League Two game of few clear-cut chances against Carlisle.

The fact that neither goalkeeper had a direct shot to save told the story of the first 45 minutes in a game that lapsed into a battle for midfield possession.

Carlisle saw plenty of the ball in that area, but the build up was too deliberate to trouble a solid-looking rearguard.

George Maris provided one early threat for the visitors with a shot from the edge of the penalty area which drifted a yard wide of the right-hand post, while - near to half-time - leading scorer Sam Smith blasted a half-chance over the crossbar.

But the best scoring opportunity fell to Carlisle's Olufela Olomola in the 40th minute when a Nathan Thomas free-kick picked him out unmarked at the far post.

However, the striker could only bury his header into the side netting.

When U's goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov was finally called into action in the 51st minute, it was to produce a fine save from Olomola's close-range header after Harry McKirdy had crossed from the left.

With a stalemate beckoning, Maris saw an effort deflected off target and a header across the face of goal by Carlisle's Ryan Loft gave the home side momentary hope of a winner.

Maris had another late chance to find the target from outside the area, but blasted the ball over the top.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 23Branthwaite
  • 5Mellish
  • 3Iredale
  • 11McKirdySubstituted forHopeat 72'minutes
  • 4CarrollBooked at 70mins
  • 8Jones
  • 7Thomas
  • 24OlomolaSubstituted forScougallat 62'minutes
  • 25LoftBooked at 29mins

Substitutes

  • 2Elliott
  • 6Hayden
  • 9Hope
  • 10Scougall
  • 17Webster
  • 22Gray
  • 28Sagaf

Cambridge

  • 1Mitov
  • 2Knoyle
  • 16Darling
  • 4TaftSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
  • 3Jones
  • 7HannantBooked at 26minsSubstituted forO'Neilat 64'minutes
  • 30RolesSubstituted forDallasat 38'minutes
  • 10Maris
  • 22LewisBooked at 39mins
  • 11Dunk
  • 20SmithBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 8O'Neil
  • 9Dallas
  • 24Norville-Williams
  • 25Burton
  • 26Knibbs
  • 34Ward
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
4,041

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Cambridge United 0.

Attempt missed. Canice Carroll (Carlisle United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Cambridge United. Greg Taylor tries a through ball, but Liam O'Neil is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Jones with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Gethin Jones.

Offside, Cambridge United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Andrew Dallas is caught offside.

Attempt missed. George Maris (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Lewis.

Booking

Sam Smith (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jarrad Branthwaite (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Smith (Cambridge United).

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Canice Carroll with a headed pass.

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United).

Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jon Mellish (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Greg Taylor replaces George Taft.

Jon Mellish (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Taft (Cambridge United).

Foul by Canice Carroll (Carlisle United).

Daniel Jones (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Thomas following a set piece situation.

Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

Canice Carroll (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Hallam Hope replaces Harry McKirdy.

Attempt missed. Sam Smith (Cambridge United) header from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Jones with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Canice Carroll (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Canice Carroll (Carlisle United).

Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Scougall.

Adam Collin (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Dallas (Cambridge United).

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by George Taft.

Attempt blocked. Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Mellish.

Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Jones (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam O'Neil replaces Luke Hannant.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon19113532221036
2Forest Green18104424131134
3Crewe18103532221033
4Exeter199642420433
5Northampton199462819931
6Cheltenham1786328151330
7Bradford179352517830
8Plymouth188552721629
9Port Vale197752525028
10Colchester187652317627
11Newport177641714327
12Salford196762328-525
13Cambridge196672319424
14Macclesfield185761720-322
15Mansfield195682626021
16Scunthorpe195682526-121
17Crawley195682531-621
18Leyton Orient195592634-820
19Grimsby165472022-219
20Oldham184771926-719
21Carlisle1954101931-1219
22Walsall1954101426-1219
23Stevenage182881221-914
24Morecambe1935111635-1914
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