Moncur scores on debut as U's play out opening-day draw with Oldham

Plenty to celebrate - George Moncur is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring on his U's debut against Oldham. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO97648-49)

Plenty to celebrate - George Moncur is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring on his U's debut against Oldham. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO97648-49)

First published in Sport
Last updated
by

George Moncur came off the bench to score on his debut and secure a point for Colchester United in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Moncur, on loan from West Ham United, lashed in from a tight angle to ensure the U's claimed a point in their League One curtain-raiser.

Colchester, playing their first home game on the opening day since 2002, made a dream start to the new season when they took a seventh-minute lead.

Magnus Okuonghae, who was appointed as the U's new captain last week, steered a low shot past keeper Paul Rachubka, after Jabo Ibehre’s effort had been blocked.

But Oldham equalised 11 minutes later through Jonathan Forte, who pounced on uncertainty in the U's defence slot into the net.

Ibehre went close for Colchester when he lifted a first-time shot wide with only Rachubka to beat, before Oldham took the lead five minutes before half-time when Forte finished tidily from a pass from former U's skipper Brian Wilson, making an immediate return to Colchester following his summer move to the Latics.

Freddie Sears' shot sailed inches over at the start of the second half, while Rachubka tipped over Gilbey’s superb overhead kick seconds later as Colchester pressed.

Colchester finally equalised just before the hour through substitute Moncur, who lashed in from a difficult angle after Sears’ effort had come back off the post.

The U's pressed hard after that and felt they might have had a penalty when Sean Clohessy's cross appeared to be handled by James Wilson in the area.

Both sides went for a winner after that but an absorbing match finished all square.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's thrilling game with Oldham, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:45pm Sat 9 Aug 14

down the line says...

What a good entertaining game. The 2nd Oldham goal was offside leading up to the goal. The U's probably deserved to win, but great entertainment.
What a good entertaining game. The 2nd Oldham goal was offside leading up to the goal. The U's probably deserved to win, but great entertainment. down the line
  • Score: 21

10:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

angryman!!! says...

Was a good game, esp second half. The defence looks like main weakness. Seem to have been taking more shoots than normal which is good but if were going to place them rather than smash them need it not to be straight to the keeper.
Hard three games away coming up, if we could win 1 if the three id be happy.
Was a good game, esp second half. The defence looks like main weakness. Seem to have been taking more shoots than normal which is good but if were going to place them rather than smash them need it not to be straight to the keeper. Hard three games away coming up, if we could win 1 if the three id be happy. angryman!!!
  • Score: 12

11:21pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Ozzie says...

Yes a good start but shame we could only draw and not capitalise playing an average team. The next three games will be real tests but to be honest we will have done well to secure a point or one win from them. Our finishing yesterday was poor again and no improvement on last season but pleased to see us creating more. Preferred the more attacking style of play rather than the lacklustre devensive debacles we have witnessed before. Hope we can surprise Charlton on Tuesday night. Up the U's!!
Yes a good start but shame we could only draw and not capitalise playing an average team. The next three games will be real tests but to be honest we will have done well to secure a point or one win from them. Our finishing yesterday was poor again and no improvement on last season but pleased to see us creating more. Preferred the more attacking style of play rather than the lacklustre devensive debacles we have witnessed before. Hope we can surprise Charlton on Tuesday night. Up the U's!! Ozzie
  • Score: 6

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree