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15 April 2019 Venue CUFC Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Colchester United
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Crewe Alexandra
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U23: Final Day Clash At Colchester For Morris' Troops

15 April 2019

Crewe Alexandra Under 23s finish their league campaign tonight with a long trip to Colchester United.

The game takes place at the Jobserve Stadium and kicks off at 7pm.

Alex Morris' side can still make the play-off picture, but they must win & hope that both Burnley & Birmingham City fail to win their respective matches.

A young squad is set to travel to Essex with the likes of Owen Dale & Oli Finney set not to make the trip ahead of a first team double header over the Easter weekend.

We'll bring you the team news ahead of kick-off on our social media channels, with live updates being provided by Colchester United. Please follow @ColU_Official on Twitter for in-game text updates.

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Match Reports

U23 Report: Colchester United 0-2 Crewe

16 April 2019

Crewe: Jaaskelainen, Sass-Davies, Ray, Fenton, Adebisi, Johnson, Offord, Griffiths, Lynch, Bowery, Reilly

Goals: Ray (55), Reilly (61)


Crewe Alexandra Under 23's still have a hope of making the end of season play-offs after they closed out their season with a 2-0 victory at Colchester United last night.

Elsewhere, Bristol City beat Birmingham City 2-1, meaning the Alex will definitely contest the play-offs, if both the Blues & Burnley fail to win their final match. Burnley go to Charlton today (Tuesday), whilst Birmingham travel to Hull City on Friday.

It was second half goals from Club Captain George Ray & then Lewis Reilly that won the day for Alex Morris' side as they ended the regular season with four straight victories.

Colchester shaded the first half at the Jobserve Stadium, going close through Chilvers & Miller, but Crewe too had good chances to go ahead with Rio Adebisi & Jordan Bowery being denied on the line before goalkeeper Ross saved a point blank header from Reilly four minutes shy of the interval.

But Crewe did take the lead ten minutes into the second half, Ray rising highest to meet a free-kick & head into the corner of the net.

Just six minutes later on the 61 minute mark, it was two when the Alex broke away in midfield & Reilly was slipped in one-on-one to finish coolly past the keeper.

For the remainder of the contest, Crewe comfortably kept the U's at bay, with Sayer's 88th minute effort at the back post from a Miller cross the closest the home side came to finding a route back into the contest.

That's it as far as regular season matches go for Alex Morris' side, with all eyes now switching to the final Burnley & Birmingham games to see whether Crewe make the play-offs (top 2 only)

Professional Development League 2 North (top half)

Pos Team MP W D L Pts
1 Leeds United 28 17 6 5 57
2 Crewe Alexandra 28 13 8 7 47
3 Birmingham City 27 13 6 8 45
4 Burnley  27 14 3 10 45
5 Nottingham Forest 28 12 7 9 43

Remaining games: Charlton Athletic vs Burnley (Tue 16 April), Hull City v Birmingham City (Fri 19 April)

Click here to view all of the Under 23's results throughout the season.

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