Report: Colchester United Under-18s 1 Blues Under-18s 3

We completely controlled the game.

Martyn Olorenshaw

Blues Under-18s returned to winning ways as they beat Colchester United on Saturday lunchtime.

Having gone two games without a win at the start of the month, Blues replicated the scoreline of their last victory which came over Nottingham Forest in March with a fine away success.

The visitors made a fast start when George Hall scored from a wide free-kick after just two minutes and doubled their advantage before a third of the game had been played. After working the ball through the pitch, Callum Sullivan was on hand to finish from a timely cutback.

Blues’ advantage was halved with 25 minutes to play when Colchester scored a dubious penalty, but as the hosts went hunting an equaliser, they were met with stubborn defensive resistance and a sucker punch.

Refusing to give in to the U's pressure, Blues made sure of the win as Kieran Wakefield pickpocketed the goalkeeper for a simple finish.

Speaking following the match, Under-18s Assistant Coach, Martyn Olorenshaw gave his assessment of the clash in Essex.

He told “We went to Colchester feeling confident we could cause them problems. We spoke about coming out the blocks quickly and we did. We completely controlled the game from minute one. We pressed high and looked really dangerous and got rewarded with two goals in the first half an hour.

“With the long journey, we put a lot of emphasis on starting well and we started like a house on fire.”

And having secured a first win in three, Olorenshaw explained what differed from the recent doubleheader with Wigan Athletic, as well as praising the team’s game management.

He said: “We had the cutting edge we had maybe been missing against Wigan. It gave us momentum which was really pleasing. We were pleased with our control in the first-half and in the second I was really pleased with how we stood up to the test when they came for us – that was really nice.

“I thought the players showed some really good management of the game at times. The third goal was then the icing on the cake.

“You don’t want the players to be naïve. They are at an age when they learn these things. It is nice to see that evolution of them. They can figure out what is going on and that is really good to see.”

Next up is a visit from Ipswich Town to the Trillion Trophy Training Centre and the Assistant Coach is expecting another challenge.

Olorenshaw said: “It will be another tough game and they are in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup the week after. They are also going well in the league, so I’m expecting another tough test, but it’s good to be at home.”

Blues: Brooks, Oakley, Fogarty, Nguepissi, Barratt, James, Hall (Manton 80), Patterson (Browne 82), Khela (Hamilton 60), Wakefield, Sullivan.

Unused substitutes: Mayo.

Goalscorers: Hall 2, Sullivan 26, Wakefield 96.