English FA Cup

November 3, 2012



3 - 1

Colchester United

English FA Cup

11:00 EDT, November 3, 2012

Melbourne Stadium

Referee: Michael Naylor

Chelmsford upset Us

Donovan Simmonds grabbed his first Chelmsford goals to help the Clarets stun Essex neighbours Colchester 3-1 in the FA Cup first-round.

Simmonds struck in both halves to give the Blue Square Bet South high-fliers a two-goal lead at Melbourne Park.

And although Michael Rose pulled a goal back for the U's with a superbly-struck free-kick with 20 minutes remaining, Jamie Slabber wrapped up the hosts' shock victory late on.

Chelmsford took the lead when Simmonds netted from long range midway through the first half with a superb shot.

Colchester goalkeeper Mark Cousins then denied Justin Miller and although Jabo Ibehre went close for the npower League One side before half-time, the Clarets doubled their lead just after the hour when Simmonds nodded a long ball past the stranded Cousins and into the empty net.

Rose reduced the deficit with a 25-yard effort that left home keeper Stuart Searle motionless.

Colchester pushed for an equaliser after that and Magnus Okuonghae fired just over, while Searle made a fine save to deny Ibehre at his near post.

But Slabber sealed Chelmsford's famous win in the closing stages when he slammed home from Simmonds' pass.

Scoring Summary

Chelmsford Colchester United
Donovan Simmonds (23')Michael Rose (70')
Donovan Simmonds (63') 
Jamie Slabber (89') 


Chelmsford Colchester United
1 Stuart SearleMark Cousins
Justin MillerMichael Rose
Aiden PalmerMagnus Okuonghae
Kenny Clark25 John White
Richard Brindley18 Tom Eastman
David Rainford15 Marcus Bean
Jamie Slabber22 Anthony Wordsworth
Tony Cook33 Craig Eastmond
6 Max Cornhill12 Jabo Ibehre
11 Ishmael Welsh16 Ian Henderson
10 Donovan Simmonds39 Sanchez Watt
19 Tom WarrenCarl Pentney 35
17 Adam TannKarl Duguid 7
12 Nicholas BondonJohn-Joe O'Toole 8
15 Sam CorcoranAndrew Bond 14
18 Warren WhitelyClinton Morrison 9
16  OnegaFred Sears 11
14 Craig CalverGavin Massey 21
Sam Corcoran for Ishmael Welsh (74)
Fred Sears for Sanchez Watt (60)
 Clinton Morrison for Craig Eastmond (68)
 Gavin Massey for Ian Henderson (68)
Yellow Cards
Donovan Simmonds (90)
Tony Cook (90)
· Rosters: Chelmsford | Colchester United