Charman shot 1-0
Half time: U's 0 Magpies 1
48 mins Issa shot 1-1
66 mins Charman shot 2-1
Full time: U's 1 Magpies 2
Newcastle U23s beat their Colchester counterparts at a chilly Weston
Homes Community Stadium on Monday night thanks to a Luke Charman
A goal in each half from the number nine settled the tie as Peter
Beardsley's side reached the halfway point in their Premier League Cup group
This was United's third game of six and the opening two were high-scoring affairs; a 3-4 home defeat by Burnley and a 6-3 victory over
The home side got off to a bright start and Kurtis Guthrie tested 'keeper Nathan
Harker in the third minute with Courtney Senior firing just soon after.
Charman was the first to have an effort disallowed in the tenth minute for
use of the hand after being put in by Callum Roberts.
Two more disallowed goals came after half an hour for offside and handball
again - the officials getting all three decisions correct but Colchester
then went close with Louis Dunne blocked by Gillesphey and Senior's shot
saved at the near post by Harker.
Charley Edge's 41st minute free kick then cannoned off the United crossbar, but it was the visitors who took the lead as the interval
Charman's first came a minute before the break when he latched
onto a fine through ball by Callum Roberts and slotted past Dillon Barnes
and in off the post.
The U's equalised three minutes into the second half when Tariq Issa's low shot
from distance squirmed through Harker at his near post.
But United got their winner in the 66th minute when Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
played in Roberts, and although the chance looked like it had gone Charman
timed his run and side-footed the loose ball past the 'keeper.
Substitute Mackenzie Heaney had a run and shot that hit the post with a
minute remaining and
Harker made a vital save to deny Diaz Wright an equaliser as the young
Magpies held on to secure all three points.
Next up in this competition is an away game against Burnley in January, to be
played at the Edgeley Park home of Stockport County. Work that one out.
The 32 team tournament begins with a group stage consisting of eight groups
of four, each team playing the other three teams in their group home and
Eight group winners and eight runners-up will then progress to the knockout