Szmodics scores a hat-trick as U's youngsters lift Youth Alliance Cup

Halstead Gazette: Sammie Szmodics (centre) is mobbed after putting U’s 3-1 up against Bradford City. Picture: Richard Blaxhall/Colchester United Sammie Szmodics (centre) is mobbed after putting U’s 3-1 up against Bradford City. Picture: Richard Blaxhall/Colchester United

Sammie Szmodics hit a superb hat-trick as Colchester United's youngsters lifted the Football League Youth Alliance Cup by beating Bradford City 4-2 at Valley Parade.

Macauley Bonne also scored as the U's completed a league and cup double, in front of a crowd of 2,714.

Colchester took a third-minute lead when Macauley Bonne scored from close range after Michael O’Donoghue pounced on James Pollard’s weak header in the area.

U’s goalkeeper James Bransgrove denied Dylan Mottley-Henry while Sam Wright’s header came back off a post from a corner, as Bradford responded well to the setback of going behind.

But Colchester doubled their lead six minutes beforte the break when Szmodics tapped in Bonne's pass at the far post.

Szmodics might easily have scored a third for the visitors a minute later when he sliced his shot with the goal at his mercy, after latching onto Jack Curtis’s through pass.

James King headed a gilt-edged chance over for Bradford shortly after half-time, before the hosts pulled a goal back when Oliver McBurnie tapped in Nathan Curtis's cross from close range.

Bransgrove parried Reece Webb-Foster's effort a minute later but Szmodics restored Colchester's two-goal cushion in the 65th minute when he superbly controlled Bonne's assist before firing a low shot past goalkeeper Elliott Barker.

And he completed his hat-trick in fine style when he ran from the halfway line and calmly went past Barker before slotting into the empty net.

McBurnie headed in a late second for Bradford but nothing could take the shine off Colchester's victory.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's Youth Alliance Cup Final at Bradford, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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9:15pm Tue 29 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

This is great news. It shows that colchester Uniteds training facility and program that was met with such venom by others has hit the jackpot so soon.
Yes we missed the catagory 2 status, but this will go along way to securing it next time around. It also shows that Colchester United can release 3 or 4 big name players, promote 3 or 4 youngsters and blood a couple more.
This is great news. It shows that colchester Uniteds training facility and program that was met with such venom by others has hit the jackpot so soon. Yes we missed the catagory 2 status, but this will go along way to securing it next time around. It also shows that Colchester United can release 3 or 4 big name players, promote 3 or 4 youngsters and blood a couple more. super waluigi
  • Score: -38

10:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

southstand says...

Fantastic!! maybe the future is bright after the gloom of the last few seasons, maybe after Robbie Cowling being slated by some on here will prove to be the one who sees the bigger picture and Joe Dunne will lead a team of homegrown talent into the championship at some point, lets hope so, up the U's.
Fantastic!! maybe the future is bright after the gloom of the last few seasons, maybe after Robbie Cowling being slated by some on here will prove to be the one who sees the bigger picture and Joe Dunne will lead a team of homegrown talent into the championship at some point, lets hope so, up the U's. southstand
  • Score: -27

12:48am Wed 30 Apr 14

Boris says...

Congratulations to all the lads, for a super result over Phil Parkinson's boys. Let's be seeing Szmodics, Bonne and some of the others in the first team next season. Or at Walsall on Saturday, why not?
Up the U's.
Congratulations to all the lads, for a super result over Phil Parkinson's boys. Let's be seeing Szmodics, Bonne and some of the others in the first team next season. Or at Walsall on Saturday, why not? Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 61

8:12am Wed 30 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Boris, I don't think we have much option other than give a few of the youngsters a run against Walsall given Jabo, Sears, Watt, Wilson, Magnus are all injured. But what a fantastic result at Bradford vindicating the investment in the youth teams and academy!

But I was at Charlton Athletic last night (as a neutral) watching a side containing SEVEN products of their esteemed youth academy thump Watford 3-1 to secure their survival in the Championship. Respected Addicks coach José Riga who has turned around their fortunes is all over the media today praising the club's youth policy and the owners past foresight and investment in its Academy.

The vision of Robbie Cowling (and Joe Dunne) is evidently not out of line with other footballing professionals that understand the modern paradigm of Financial Fair Play and senior playing budget constraints. If we regain Academy Two status; we get greater funding support and vast compensation if we lose any of our young talent to bigger clubs, so it's a win-win. Let's hope we succeed this time.
Boris, I don't think we have much option other than give a few of the youngsters a run against Walsall given Jabo, Sears, Watt, Wilson, Magnus are all injured. But what a fantastic result at Bradford vindicating the investment in the youth teams and academy! But I was at Charlton Athletic last night (as a neutral) watching a side containing SEVEN products of their esteemed youth academy thump Watford 3-1 to secure their survival in the Championship. Respected Addicks coach José Riga who has turned around their fortunes is all over the media today praising the club's youth policy and the owners past foresight and investment in its Academy. The vision of Robbie Cowling (and Joe Dunne) is evidently not out of line with other footballing professionals that understand the modern paradigm of Financial Fair Play and senior playing budget constraints. If we regain Academy Two status; we get greater funding support and vast compensation if we lose any of our young talent to bigger clubs, so it's a win-win. Let's hope we succeed this time. Noah4x4
  • Score: -50

9:46am Wed 30 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

Not sure why I'm posting this as it seems I already have through a couple of my other "personalities" above but anyway.....

Great stuff. Winning breeds confidence and if these guys have a positive, winning experience playing for the U's at any level this will transfer throughout the club. Can only be seen as a positive.
If even three or four of these guys make their way into the first team and replicate this it sends a signal to all the others in the youth ranks.

Well done all.
Not sure why I'm posting this as it seems I already have through a couple of my other "personalities" above but anyway..... Great stuff. Winning breeds confidence and if these guys have a positive, winning experience playing for the U's at any level this will transfer throughout the club. Can only be seen as a positive. If even three or four of these guys make their way into the first team and replicate this it sends a signal to all the others in the youth ranks. Well done all. Eddy D
  • Score: -36

9:47am Wed 30 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

These are the lads that will build the future, take off the muzzles and let them loose on League One. This is the hunger, attitude and passion I was talking about last week, stop stalling get them in the squad and get rid of Dunne he will only blunt their enthusiasm!
These are the lads that will build the future, take off the muzzles and let them loose on League One. This is the hunger, attitude and passion I was talking about last week, stop stalling get them in the squad and get rid of Dunne he will only blunt their enthusiasm! totallyfootball
  • Score: 41

10:35am Wed 30 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Well done lads that was a tremendous result, even more so after we drew the short straw to give home advantage to the Bradford boys. I have never knocked the development of youth and this is testimony that we have a good bunch here. My criticism has always been, you cant build a strong first team from youth alone and should not have neglected the first team like we have done over the past two seasons. You need good quality older heads in the team to encourage and continue the development of youth as they are introduced to senior football. Introducing youngsters into a first team that gets beaten most weeks is not good for youth development.
Well done lads that was a tremendous result, even more so after we drew the short straw to give home advantage to the Bradford boys. I have never knocked the development of youth and this is testimony that we have a good bunch here. My criticism has always been, you cant build a strong first team from youth alone and should not have neglected the first team like we have done over the past two seasons. You need good quality older heads in the team to encourage and continue the development of youth as they are introduced to senior football. Introducing youngsters into a first team that gets beaten most weeks is not good for youth development. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 54

12:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

SupaMacsmum says...

So proud of all the boys but especially of my son My SupaMac
So proud of all the boys but especially of my son My SupaMac SupaMacsmum
  • Score: 75

6:04pm Wed 30 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

Great result and nice lift for a poor season. Agree we need to see done of these rewarded Saturday with a place in first team. This will also help booster our audit for cat 2 which is critical. However like mentioned we need a few more experienced players who can control things when things get hard.
Great result and nice lift for a poor season. Agree we need to see done of these rewarded Saturday with a place in first team. This will also help booster our audit for cat 2 which is critical. However like mentioned we need a few more experienced players who can control things when things get hard. angryman!!!
  • Score: 32

6:26pm Wed 30 Apr 14

25414nora says...

southstand wrote:
Fantastic!! maybe the future is bright after the gloom of the last few seasons, maybe after Robbie Cowling being slated by some on here will prove to be the one who sees the bigger picture and Joe Dunne will lead a team of homegrown talent into the championship at some point, lets hope so, up the U's.
Yes and the result of our re-application for cat' 2 status will be known in June. With the academy achieving great success, this can only enhance our chances.
[quote][p][bold]southstand[/bold] wrote: Fantastic!! maybe the future is bright after the gloom of the last few seasons, maybe after Robbie Cowling being slated by some on here will prove to be the one who sees the bigger picture and Joe Dunne will lead a team of homegrown talent into the championship at some point, lets hope so, up the U's.[/p][/quote]Yes and the result of our re-application for cat' 2 status will be known in June. With the academy achieving great success, this can only enhance our chances. 25414nora
  • Score: -27

8:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Boris says...

SupaMacsmum wrote:
So proud of all the boys but especially of my son My SupaMac
I met Sammie Szmodics's mum in the U's shop not long ago, and she was just as proud of her lad, and rightly so. I would like to see Macca and Sammie playing from the start in the first team whenever they are both fit. They could be the most successful pairing since Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo, or even since Bobby Hunt and Martyn King.
[quote][p][bold]SupaMacsmum[/bold] wrote: So proud of all the boys but especially of my son My SupaMac[/p][/quote]I met Sammie Szmodics's mum in the U's shop not long ago, and she was just as proud of her lad, and rightly so. I would like to see Macca and Sammie playing from the start in the first team whenever they are both fit. They could be the most successful pairing since Jamie Cureton and Chris Iwelumo, or even since Bobby Hunt and Martyn King. Boris
  • Score: 17

8:48pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Notts Yax says...

Congratulations to Wayne and his boys a fantastic result giving the fans some joy at last, lets now see the likes of Sammie and Bonne given a run in the first team if your good enough age does not count, these lads will score more than the 9 scored by Jabo and the 2 scored by Clinton. I can remember when Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Giggs and the Nevilles were guided by a few older heads to produce history in the premiere leauge at youth age, what can our lads produce in leauge 1 atleast there will be plenty of enthusiasm and effort.
Congratulations to Wayne and his boys a fantastic result giving the fans some joy at last, lets now see the likes of Sammie and Bonne given a run in the first team if your good enough age does not count, these lads will score more than the 9 scored by Jabo and the 2 scored by Clinton. I can remember when Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Giggs and the Nevilles were guided by a few older heads to produce history in the premiere leauge at youth age, what can our lads produce in leauge 1 atleast there will be plenty of enthusiasm and effort. Notts Yax
  • Score: 12

9:07pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Boris says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Boris, I don't think we have much option other than give a few of the youngsters a run against Walsall given Jabo, Sears, Watt, Wilson, Magnus are all injured. But what a fantastic result at Bradford vindicating the investment in the youth teams and academy!

But I was at Charlton Athletic last night (as a neutral) watching a side containing SEVEN products of their esteemed youth academy thump Watford 3-1 to secure their survival in the Championship. Respected Addicks coach José Riga who has turned around their fortunes is all over the media today praising the club's youth policy and the owners past foresight and investment in its Academy.

The vision of Robbie Cowling (and Joe Dunne) is evidently not out of line with other footballing professionals that understand the modern paradigm of Financial Fair Play and senior playing budget constraints. If we regain Academy Two status; we get greater funding support and vast compensation if we lose any of our young talent to bigger clubs, so it's a win-win. Let's hope we succeed this time.
If I have a criticism of Joe Dunne it is that he brings his subs on too late for them to be effective, and he does not make enough use of the young talent that he has on the bench.
I'm pleased for Charlton that they are staying up, especially for their captain Johnnie Jackson who was a superb player at Col U but who for some reason must have fallen out with Paul Lambert, who let him go to Notts County on a free, only days before he went off to manage the Budgies.
So there you had, last night, a great example of a mature player, worth his weight in gold, playing with the boys from his club's youth academy. I see he was on the score sheet for them again. Well done Johnnie, well done the Addicks.
We have lost several good players in recent years, seemingly for no better reason that that the manager of the moment didn't like the cut of their jib. This is very frustrating for supporters like me who want us to keep our good players rather than rely excessively on loan players.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Boris, I don't think we have much option other than give a few of the youngsters a run against Walsall given Jabo, Sears, Watt, Wilson, Magnus are all injured. But what a fantastic result at Bradford vindicating the investment in the youth teams and academy! But I was at Charlton Athletic last night (as a neutral) watching a side containing SEVEN products of their esteemed youth academy thump Watford 3-1 to secure their survival in the Championship. Respected Addicks coach José Riga who has turned around their fortunes is all over the media today praising the club's youth policy and the owners past foresight and investment in its Academy. The vision of Robbie Cowling (and Joe Dunne) is evidently not out of line with other footballing professionals that understand the modern paradigm of Financial Fair Play and senior playing budget constraints. If we regain Academy Two status; we get greater funding support and vast compensation if we lose any of our young talent to bigger clubs, so it's a win-win. Let's hope we succeed this time.[/p][/quote]If I have a criticism of Joe Dunne it is that he brings his subs on too late for them to be effective, and he does not make enough use of the young talent that he has on the bench. I'm pleased for Charlton that they are staying up, especially for their captain Johnnie Jackson who was a superb player at Col U but who for some reason must have fallen out with Paul Lambert, who let him go to Notts County on a free, only days before he went off to manage the Budgies. So there you had, last night, a great example of a mature player, worth his weight in gold, playing with the boys from his club's youth academy. I see he was on the score sheet for them again. Well done Johnnie, well done the Addicks. We have lost several good players in recent years, seemingly for no better reason that that the manager of the moment didn't like the cut of their jib. This is very frustrating for supporters like me who want us to keep our good players rather than rely excessively on loan players. Boris
  • Score: 14

11:08pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Boris, I don't think we have much option other than give a few of the youngsters a run against Walsall given Jabo, Sears, Watt, Wilson, Magnus are all injured. But what a fantastic result at Bradford vindicating the investment in the youth teams and academy!

But I was at Charlton Athletic last night (as a neutral) watching a side containing SEVEN products of their esteemed youth academy thump Watford 3-1 to secure their survival in the Championship. Respected Addicks coach José Riga who has turned around their fortunes is all over the media today praising the club's youth policy and the owners past foresight and investment in its Academy.

The vision of Robbie Cowling (and Joe Dunne) is evidently not out of line with other footballing professionals that understand the modern paradigm of Financial Fair Play and senior playing budget constraints. If we regain Academy Two status; we get greater funding support and vast compensation if we lose any of our young talent to bigger clubs, so it's a win-win. Let's hope we succeed this time.
Wilson has left Noah, heard through a good friend of his he isn't even at training!
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Boris, I don't think we have much option other than give a few of the youngsters a run against Walsall given Jabo, Sears, Watt, Wilson, Magnus are all injured. But what a fantastic result at Bradford vindicating the investment in the youth teams and academy! But I was at Charlton Athletic last night (as a neutral) watching a side containing SEVEN products of their esteemed youth academy thump Watford 3-1 to secure their survival in the Championship. Respected Addicks coach José Riga who has turned around their fortunes is all over the media today praising the club's youth policy and the owners past foresight and investment in its Academy. The vision of Robbie Cowling (and Joe Dunne) is evidently not out of line with other footballing professionals that understand the modern paradigm of Financial Fair Play and senior playing budget constraints. If we regain Academy Two status; we get greater funding support and vast compensation if we lose any of our young talent to bigger clubs, so it's a win-win. Let's hope we succeed this time.[/p][/quote]Wilson has left Noah, heard through a good friend of his he isn't even at training! Col utd
  • Score: 29

6:56am Thu 1 May 14

Noah4x4 says...

Wilson is injured; so he obviously isn't training. Wilson is also out of contract, so given that he has finished his playing season (due to injury) it is perhaps reasonable to say that he has (technically) "left" until we have again secured his signature. But this doesn't mean that he has gone for good. Look at what happened with Magnus. It's that time of year when agents will be playing silly beggers and hundreds or pro-footballers will soon be floating around looking for deals, most begging their old clubs to take them back.

Oldham have 15 out of contract and only six senior pros under contracts carried over to next season. John Gregory is today talking about the impact of the Financial Fair Play rules on his Crawley budget for next season. The U's have already borne much of this pain; survived this season, and put the right wheels in motion as regards youth development. If we can secure categrory two academy status, we will be in the best position that we can be. Then I would sooner have a manager that is respected by these up and coming young lads; than some maverick whose only solution is to want to spend money that we don't (and can't) have.
Wilson is injured; so he obviously isn't training. Wilson is also out of contract, so given that he has finished his playing season (due to injury) it is perhaps reasonable to say that he has (technically) "left" until we have again secured his signature. But this doesn't mean that he has gone for good. Look at what happened with Magnus. It's that time of year when agents will be playing silly beggers and hundreds or pro-footballers will soon be floating around looking for deals, most begging their old clubs to take them back. Oldham have 15 out of contract and only six senior pros under contracts carried over to next season. John Gregory is today talking about the impact of the Financial Fair Play rules on his Crawley budget for next season. The U's have already borne much of this pain; survived this season, and put the right wheels in motion as regards youth development. If we can secure categrory two academy status, we will be in the best position that we can be. Then I would sooner have a manager that is respected by these up and coming young lads; than some maverick whose only solution is to want to spend money that we don't (and can't) have. Noah4x4
  • Score: -20

3:33pm Thu 1 May 14

Col utd says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Wilson is injured; so he obviously isn't training. Wilson is also out of contract, so given that he has finished his playing season (due to injury) it is perhaps reasonable to say that he has (technically) "left" until we have again secured his signature. But this doesn't mean that he has gone for good. Look at what happened with Magnus. It's that time of year when agents will be playing silly beggers and hundreds or pro-footballers will soon be floating around looking for deals, most begging their old clubs to take them back.

Oldham have 15 out of contract and only six senior pros under contracts carried over to next season. John Gregory is today talking about the impact of the Financial Fair Play rules on his Crawley budget for next season. The U's have already borne much of this pain; survived this season, and put the right wheels in motion as regards youth development. If we can secure categrory two academy status, we will be in the best position that we can be. Then I would sooner have a manager that is respected by these up and coming young lads; than some maverick whose only solution is to want to spend money that we don't (and can't) have.
NOAH he has left I will put my mortgage on it, I'm sure you will soon see in the papers. The club are keeping quiet about it and probably using the injury to by time.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Wilson is injured; so he obviously isn't training. Wilson is also out of contract, so given that he has finished his playing season (due to injury) it is perhaps reasonable to say that he has (technically) "left" until we have again secured his signature. But this doesn't mean that he has gone for good. Look at what happened with Magnus. It's that time of year when agents will be playing silly beggers and hundreds or pro-footballers will soon be floating around looking for deals, most begging their old clubs to take them back. Oldham have 15 out of contract and only six senior pros under contracts carried over to next season. John Gregory is today talking about the impact of the Financial Fair Play rules on his Crawley budget for next season. The U's have already borne much of this pain; survived this season, and put the right wheels in motion as regards youth development. If we can secure categrory two academy status, we will be in the best position that we can be. Then I would sooner have a manager that is respected by these up and coming young lads; than some maverick whose only solution is to want to spend money that we don't (and can't) have.[/p][/quote]NOAH he has left I will put my mortgage on it, I'm sure you will soon see in the papers. The club are keeping quiet about it and probably using the injury to by time. Col utd
  • Score: 14

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