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Ipswich Town (1) 3 - 2 (1) Colchester United

Coca-Cola Championship 2006-07

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Referee: G Laws

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 28,355

Manager: Geraint Williams

Match Number: 3190


 Alan Lee (31)
 Sylvain Legwinski (56)
 Danny Haynes (82)
 Duguid (15)
 Iwelumo (90)


EphraimGuy (63)
IzzetJackson (77)
RichardsWhite (86)


 Billy Clarke (16)
 David Wright (90)
 Gavin Williams (90)
 Halford (29)
 Brown (80)





















Match Report

Colchester promotion hopes hit

U's boss Geraint Williams had to get the drinks in last night after his team capitulated against Ipswich despite taking the lead in fortuitous circumstances.

Opposing managers Jim Magilton and Williams, better known as George, are friends that live within a goal kick from each other in Ipswich and drink in the same local but after a thrilling derby it is the Welshman that had to dig deep into his pocket.

Magilton ended up toasting success over Williams whose team still harbour hopes of supping with the Premiership big boys.

Although Ipswich ended up with ten men when David Wright was sent off for handball in time added on and Chris Iwelumo netted his 15th goal of the season when he polished off the resulting penalty, the Blues deserved the revenge win.

Geographically less than 20 miles apart the two clubs have, until now, been divisions apart in football terms and not met in the league at Portman Road since October 1956 when Ted Phillips hit a hat-trick in Ipswich's 3-1 win.

The U's won 1-0 in September at Layer Road and fancied doing the double over their neighbours.

It was Colchester who controversially went ahead on the quarter hour, as moments earlier Ipswich believed they had scored.

Lee and Clarke played a one-two and the younger Irishman beat Gerken with his shot but teenager Garry Richards cleared with a back-heel. The Ipswich players thought had crossed the line but got no supports from the referee's assistant and play carried on.

As the protests continued Colchester went up the other and on-loan west Ham striker Hogan Ephraim got the better of Richard Naylor and squared for his skipper Karl Duguid who finished emphatically 14 yards.

Alan Lee levelled from the penalty spot after being pushed down by Garry Richards.

Sylvain Legwinski made it two in the second half when he headed in a Gavin Williams corner and Danny Haynes, who also scored in the derby win over Norwich after coming off the bench made it three.

Chris Iwelumo pulled late goal back for Colchester from the spot after David Wright was dismissed for hand-ball.

It was a dramatic derby match but despite it all Magilton was certain their friendship would stay intact.

He said: "I'm still big friends with George. It will take a lot more than that for us to fall out, although we had our moments during the match.

"I felt is was over the line and was a goal. Then their strikers were nice and bright while my players were dozy and they scored. It jolted us but in a derby match where it really mattered, we showed a lot of character to come back."

Magilton faces a defensive crisis next week with Wright likely to be banned after his late dismissal for and with Alex Bruce already banned and skipper Jason de Vos out with a broken foot, Magilton is desperate to appeal, but is not particularly hopeful.

He said: "There is more chance of Nelson getting his eye back."

Although the U's still hover around the play-off places their away form has cost them dear this season and Williams had no gripes about the loss at his old club, or getting the beers in.

Williams said: "It will be me buying the drinks. Jim doesn't get them in anyway but he will be smiling more than usual tonight."

Colchester suffered after losing centre half Pat Baldwin to a virus and striker Jamie Cureton to a hamstring strain before the match and Williams was unhappy at the way his team conceded at set plays.

But he aims to regroup his squad by jetting out to Spain today for some warm weather training in readiness to relaunch their amazing assault on the play off places.

George Davis (The Times)

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