April 6, 2013
Walker saves day for U's
Colchester boosted their survival chances with a vital 2-1 win over Leyton Orient, whose play-off hopes were dealt a blow.
Colchester went ahead in the 20th minute through Gavin Massey, who headed past goalkeeper Jamie Jones after substitute Bradley Garmston had brilliantly picked him out in the penalty area.
The U's doubled their lead four minutes later when Drey Wright finished another good attacking move, after Clinton Morrison had helped Brian Wilson's low cross into his path.
But Kevin Lisbie finished coolly against his former club after breaching the U's offside trap eight minutes before the break to get Orient back in the game.
Leon McSweeney went close for the visitors just before half-time, while former Orient striker Jabo Ibehre wasted a great chance to give Colchester a 3-1 lead after shooting wide just before the hour.
U's keeper Sam Walker crucially saved Lisbie's penalty with 12 minutes to go after substitute Shaun Batt had been tripped in the area by Garmston, to seal a priceless win for Colchester.
|Colchester United||Leyton Orient|
|44 Sam Walker||1 Jamie Jones|
|2 David Wright||15 Nathan Clarke|
|20 Brian Wilson||4 Roman Vincelot|
|4 Magnus Okuonghae||22 Martin Rowlands|
|25 John White||7 Dean Cox|
|40 Josh Thompson||11 Jimmy Smith|
|41 Billy Clifford||23 Lloyd James|
|30 Drey Wright||2 Leon McSweeney|
|9 Clinton Morrison||17 Moses Odubajo|
|17 Jabo Ibehre||9 Kevin Lisbie|
|21 Gavin Massey||14 Charlie MacDonald|
|1 Mark Cousins||Gary Sawyer 3|
|3 Bradley Garmston||De-Reece Vanderhyde 25|
|15 Marcus Bean||Harry Lee 24|
|8 John-Joe O'Toole||Shaun Batt 28|
|14 Andrew Bond||Afolabi Obafemi 20|
|33 Jack Compton|
|22 Michael Smith|
|Bradley Garmston for Josh Thompson (11)||Shaun Batt for Lloyd James (46)|
|John-Joe O'Toole for Billy Clifford (65)||Afolabi Obafemi for Charlie MacDonald (84)|
|Michael Smith for Clinton Morrison (75)|
|Bradley Garmston (36)|
|Brian Wilson (83)|
|· Squads: Colchester United | Leyton Orient|