Match ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Cambridge United 5.
Clinical Cambridge United climbed to the top of the League Two table with a crushing win at 10-man Scunthorpe United.
A pair of Paul Mullin penalties put the U's in command before the break, with a Tyler Cordner own goal and a Joe Ironside double completing the rout in the second half after the Iron's Myles Hippolyte had been sent off.
Aaron Jarvis squandered a great chance to give the home side a 16th-minute lead when he got in behind the visiting defence but fired over. It proved a costly miss as the U's went on to dominate.
Mullin fired in his seventh goal of the season in the 35th minute after Alex Gilliead had been penalised for a shove. He added his eighth just before half-time, again from the penalty spot, after being felled by Jacob Bedeau.
Any hopes Scunthorpe might have had of a response were over when Hannant's 51st-minute cross deflected off Cordner and found the far corner. And their afternoon went from bad to worse when Hippolyte was given his marching orders for a second booking in eight minutes.
The U's continued to turn the screw, with Ironside's low shot squirming through the legs of keeper Rory Watson, before he headed home a left-wing cross to complete the rout in the 83rd minute.
Match report supplied by PA Media
- 20SpenceBooked at 53mins
- 34TaylorBooked at 48mins
- 15HippolyteBooked at 55mins
- 45McAteeSubstituted forVincentat 62'minutes
- 9LoftSubstituted forEisaat 59'minutes
- 7HannantSubstituted forEl Mizouniat 63'minutes
- 4DigbySubstituted forBoatengat 62'minutes
- 10MullinSubstituted forKnibbsat 64'minutes
- 20IronsideBooked at 77mins
- 18El Mizouni
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 0, Cambridge United 5.
Foul by Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United).
Emmanuel Onariase (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Idris El Mizouni (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harrison Dunk with a cross.
Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Abo Eisa.
Foul by Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United).
Frank Vincent (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Cambridge United 5. Joe Ironside (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Iredale with a cross.
Attempt missed. Idris El Mizouni (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.
Attempt missed. Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kyle Knoyle with a cross.
Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Jacob Bedeau.
Attempt blocked. Harry Darling (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Joe Ironside (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Joe Ironside (Cambridge United).
Jake Taylor (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Harry Darling.
Attempt blocked. Abo Eisa (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Gilliead.
Offside, Cambridge United. Hiram Boateng tries a through ball, but Joe Ironside is caught offside.
Harvey Knibbs (Cambridge United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Harrison Dunk.