Brilliant JJ nets dramatic winner

FA Cup second roundHereford United 0 Colchester United 1JOHN-JOE O'Toole scored a dramatic winner in the third and final minute of stoppage time to rescue Colchester United.

FA Cup second round

Hereford United 0 Colchester United 1

JOHN-JOE O'Toole scored a dramatic winner in the third and final minute of stoppage time to rescue Colchester United.

The midfielder arrived late in the box to finish Anthony Wordsworth's pull back and give the U's a win they scarcely deserved.


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League Two Hereford more than held their own throughout this encounter and, in the second half, looked the more likely to win it.

But a much-changed Colchester side hung in their and secured progress to the third round with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Aidy Boothroyd made four changes to the side that beat Stockport County on Tuesday night.

Steven Gillespie, Kemi Izzet, Simon Hackney and Marc Tierney all came in, as Clive Platt, David Fox, Anthony Wordsworth and Phil Ifil dropped out.

The League Two hosts started game the better as a Gavin McCallum cross clipped the bar and debutant Jordan Mutch volleyed over from a good position.

The U's responded well though and created a number of chances in the middle part of the first half. Kayode Odejayi had a shot smothered by the keeper following a fine Gillespie through ball, the Nigerian also had a header from a corner cleared off the line, while John-Joe O'Toole curled narrowly wide from long-range.

Hereford - playing an attack-minded 5-3-2 system - rode the storm though and ended up finishing the goalless opening period the stronger.

Boothroyd brought on the in-form Clive Platt for Hackney at half-time - Gillespie moving to the left of midfield.

After a quiet start to the second half, Hereford took charge around the hour mark.

Left-wing-back Ryan Valentine saw a cross clip the top of the bar before Colchester only just cleared following an almighty scramble in the box.

Striker McCallum left both Marc Tierney and Magnus Okuonghae for dead before shooting straight at keeper Ben Williams as the home crowd grew increasingly excited.

The game then returned to its prior stalemate state for the closing stages to finish goalless.

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Hereford: Adam Bartlett (cpt), Danny Blanchett, Ryan Green, Darren Jones, Keith Lowe, Ryan Valentine, Jordan Mutch, Kenny Lunt (Sam Gwynne 46), Craig King (Marc Pugh 88), Leon Constantine (Mathieu Manset 61), Gavin McCallum.

Unused Subs: Richard Rose, Matty Done, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Chris Adamson.

Colchester: Ben Williams, John White, Marc Tierney, Magnus Okuongahe (cpt), Paul Reid, Kevin Lisbie, Simon Hackney (Clive Platt 46), Kemi Izzet, John-Joe O'Toole, Kayode Odejayi (Phil Ifil 69), Steven Gillespie (Anthony Wordsworth 75).

Unused Subs: Mark Cousins, Matt Heath, Danny Batth, Joel Thomas.

Booked: Izzet (60), O'Toole (93).

U's Man-of-Match: John-Joe O'Toole.

Attendance: 2,225.

Referee: Mr N Swarbrick.

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