Bonne carried off as U's youngsters book place in national final

Concern - Macauley Bonne was stretchered off in Colchester's under-18 area final win over Portsmouth. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO83735-28)

Concern - Macauley Bonne was stretchered off in Colchester's under-18 area final win over Portsmouth. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO83735-28)

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Colchester United's under-18s are through to the Youth Alliance national final following a penalty shoot-out win over Portsmouth in the area final tonight.

But the win came at a cost, with striker Macauley Bonne stretchered off in the first half with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

Goals from Dion Sembie-Ferris and Callum Harrison for the U's took the game to penalties after the tie finished 2-2 after 90 minutes in front of a crowd of 348 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

And the U's prevailed on spot-kicks to book a meeting with Bradford City, in the national final.

For all of the latest U's news, see the Daily Gazette.

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10:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

A superb performance; and from what I saw tonight, our youngsters fully deserve their place at the top of their division and also in the national youth final; hence chasing the "double". Yes; probably the BEST U18 team in England. Now who doubts the merit of the club's youth policy and academy?

Macca Bonne's unfortunate injury did look very serious; but he probably needed to play simply to maintain his full match fitness/sharpness after so little first team football. But Joe Dunne will now be damned because he played or would have been damned if he didn't But maybe it might give us a legitimate excuse to justify the emergency/injury loan signing of a senior striker?
A superb performance; and from what I saw tonight, our youngsters fully deserve their place at the top of their division and also in the national youth final; hence chasing the "double". Yes; probably the BEST U18 team in England. Now who doubts the merit of the club's youth policy and academy? Macca Bonne's unfortunate injury did look very serious; but he probably needed to play simply to maintain his full match fitness/sharpness after so little first team football. But Joe Dunne will now be damned because he played or would have been damned if he didn't But maybe it might give us a legitimate excuse to justify the emergency/injury loan signing of a senior striker? Noah4x4
  • Score: -17

11:03pm Tue 1 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Noah, get you facts right please. Yes, we are one of the best teams in England at the category 3/4 level both in this cup and the league. However, this excludes the big clubs youth setups who are in categories 1 and 2. Once you count them in, such as is the case in the FA youth cup, I think you will find we are well down the pecking order. .
Noah, get you facts right please. Yes, we are one of the best teams in England at the category 3/4 level both in this cup and the league. However, this excludes the big clubs youth setups who are in categories 1 and 2. Once you count them in, such as is the case in the FA youth cup, I think you will find we are well down the pecking order. . BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 26

11:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Noah, get you facts right please. Yes, we are one of the best teams in England at the category 3/4 level both in this cup and the league. However, this excludes the big clubs youth setups who are in categories 1 and 2. Once you count them in, such as is the case in the FA youth cup, I think you will find we are well down the pecking order. .
Yeh; you are right; I should have qualified "the best in England within our academy category". But for Pete's sake; let's give the club and our boys some credit!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Noah, get you facts right please. Yes, we are one of the best teams in England at the category 3/4 level both in this cup and the league. However, this excludes the big clubs youth setups who are in categories 1 and 2. Once you count them in, such as is the case in the FA youth cup, I think you will find we are well down the pecking order. .[/p][/quote]Yeh; you are right; I should have qualified "the best in England within our academy category". But for Pete's sake; let's give the club and our boys some credit! Noah4x4
  • Score: -15

11:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

......and didn't our under 21's put seven past Arsenal; and narrowly lose to Chelsea?
......and didn't our under 21's put seven past Arsenal; and narrowly lose to Chelsea? Noah4x4
  • Score: -7

12:27am Wed 2 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

The FA Trophy of Under-18 football! Another side effect of our failure to obtain Category Two status last summer is that our under-18 team is a big fish in a very small pond, where the vast majority of the competition don’t prioritize youth development or can barely afford it. Bizarre statements like “best U18 team in England” are totally irrational and deluded.

The loan window has closed, so obviously there won’t be anyone else coming in now!

We beat an Arsenal (XI) U21 side 5-1 in a friendly; most of their regular U21’s were at a pre-season training camp!
The FA Trophy of Under-18 football! Another side effect of our failure to obtain Category Two status last summer is that our under-18 team is a big fish in a very small pond, where the vast majority of the competition don’t prioritize youth development or can barely afford it. Bizarre statements like “best U18 team in England” are totally irrational and deluded. The loan window has closed, so obviously there won’t be anyone else coming in now! We beat an Arsenal (XI) U21 side 5-1 in a friendly; most of their regular U21’s were at a pre-season training camp! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 23

12:40am Wed 2 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Good luck to the boys in the final. However, I think they will find the northern finalists a very different proposition.
Good luck to the boys in the final. However, I think they will find the northern finalists a very different proposition. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 14

9:48am Wed 2 Apr 14

United we stand says...

Well done to the lads - especially in overcoming the penalty jinx that seems to pervade our club!
Well done to the lads - especially in overcoming the penalty jinx that seems to pervade our club! United we stand
  • Score: 10

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