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27th January 2017 19:14

English Football League - Sky Bet League Two
Cambridge United 1 - 3 Mansfield Town
Maris 8. Legge OG 43, Pearce 58, Coulthirst 73
Attendance: 4,211 (307 from Mansfield)

Date: 21 January 2017

Martin Shaw at the Abbey Stadium

Mansfield Town came from 1-0 down to produce a fantastic 3-1 at in-form Cambridge United this afternoon. Cambridge were unbeaten for 8 league games, including 6 wins and 2 draws, a run that had catapulted them to the verge of the play-off zone. And Cambridge looked good to continue that run taking an early lead and then edging a tight first half. The Stags were fortunate to be level on 43 minutes through an own goal and then completed the turnaround in the second half with a tremendous display with two more goals, and it could have been more.

After Stags debutant Shaq Coulthirst missed a great chance on 6 minutes, Cambridge took the lead after 8 minutes. Mingoia was given far too much space by CJ Hamilton to cross from the right, high to the far post where Maris rose above Hayden White to head home inside the six yard box giving Jake Kean no chance. Poor from Hamilton and poor from White. It was the first goal Kean had conceded after clean sheets in his opening four games. The Stags were level on 43 minutes. Joel Byrom crossed from the left, Rhys Bennett headed forward from the edge of the area, and Leon Legge in trying to clear, shanked the ball past his own keeper. It seemed that Bennett’s header was not on target and hence it should be an own goal, though after the game Bennett tweeted that he was pleased to get his second goal of the season! Video evidence from the main camera and our pitchside camera does not really help. The Stags took the lead on 58 minutes. A fine corner from the right by Byrom, which Krystian Pearce attacked and headed down into the ground and into the roof of the net from 6 yards. Terrific from Pearce and great delivery again from Byrom. The Stags increased the lead on 73 minutes, White fired in a good shot from the edge of the area on the right, the keeper got down low to make a save, but could only parry it straight to Coulthirst who bundled into the net from about a yard. Right place at the right time for Coulthirst on his debut. Mansfield saw the game out very professionally winning numerous free-kicks, corners and throw-ins and giving Cambridge nothing with which to get themselves back into the game.

So great character from Mansfield to come from behind to win and in the end, thoroughly deserved after that excellent second half showing. Plenty of really good performances throughout the side, with the entire defence looking very solid, nullifying the real threat of big striker Uche Ikpeazu and attacking midfielder Luke Berry, with the exception of the Cambridge goal where White could have done better. Contributions from the defenders in all three goals too, with Bennett’s header for the first, Pearce’s header for the second, and White’s fine shot for the third. In midfield, Lee Collins had another fine game in front of the back four, and Byrom oozed quality from set pieces and had a decent game from open play as well. Coulthirst had a difficult first half but improved hugely after the break, and netted a goal on his debut.



MATCH REPORT: Stags hit back to win in style at Cambridge
chad.co.uk, by SPORTS REPORTER (Agency), Saturday 21 January 2017

Mansfield Town extended their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions after coming from behind to win 3-1 at play-off chasing Cambridge United this afternoon.

The Stags have waited since 2013 in the Blue Square Premier League to get bragging rights over the U’s.

Shaquile Coulthirst wrapped it up on his debut after Krystian Pearce handed the Stags the lead after the break.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/match-report-stags-hit-back-to-win-in-style-at-cambridge-1-8346592

In the first half Leon Legge’s own goal levelled proceedings for the visitors after George Maris opened the scoring.

Loanee Coulthirst was handed his debut by manager Steve Evans, whilst striker Danny Rose returned to the starting line-up, Matt Green and Yoann Arquin dropping to the bench. The visitors had huge shouts for an early penalty turned away as Rose was tumbled over in the box.

Coulthirst had an early chance to show parent club Peterborough United what they are missing, only to misconnect with his volley.

Against the run of play the hosts got an early breakthrough in the eighth minute. Hayden White was outleapt by Maris, who headed home Piero Mingoia’s pinpoint cross.

The Stags pushed for a quick response, but failed to break down the U’s - who were content with their one-goal lead.

However, with just a couple of minutes left of the first period the visitors restored parity in fortunate fashion as defender Rhys Bennett saw his glancing header turned into the U’s net by former Brentford man Legge.

The quiet second half heralded into life as the Stags took the lead just before the hour. Pearce met Joel Byrom’s corner and hammered his header into the ground as it flew into the roof of the net.

With 18 minutes left debutant Coulthirst secured all three points with an easy tap in. Will Norris pulled off a top save to deny White, with Coulthirst on hand to pick up the scraps.

CAMBRIDGE: Norris, Davies, Legge, Roberts, Carroll, Dunne, Clark (Lewis, 72), Mingoia, Berry, Maris (McDonagh, 61), Ikpeazu. Subs not used: Gregory, Adams, Wharton, Lewis, Newton, Williamson.

STAGS: Kean, White, Pearce, Bennett, Benning, Whiteman (Baxendale, 90+2), Byrom, Collins, Hamilton, D. Rose (Thomas, 71), Coulthirst (Hoban, 89). Subs not used: Shearer, Arquin, Hemmings, Green.

REFEREE: Gavin Ward of Surrey.

ATTENDANCE: 4,211 (307 away).


cambridge-united.co.uk, 21st January 2017

Mansfield Town came from behind to end Cambridge United’s eight game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two, taking the spoils 3-1 at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

United opened the lead inside ten minutes through George Maris but the Stags responded moments before half time, with goals from Krystian Pearce and Shauquille Coulthirst to inflicting a loss on the U’s.

Academy product Leon Davies was selected by Shaun Derry for his first League start and was the only change to the starting line-up as Greg Taylor dropped out the side through injury.

Read more at http://www.cambridge-united.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/match-report-cambridge-united-1-mansfield-town-3-3531306.aspx#z3sREWf4cZQlwZcR.99

Steve Evans’ side missed a guilt-edged opportunity early on when Peterborough loanee Coulthirst mistimed his shot from six yards making it comfortable for Will Norris to collect the loose ball.

United made the visitors pay three minutes later, when Maris headed home his second goal for the Club on eight minutes, with Davies and Mingoia at the heart of the build-up play

As expected prior to kick off, Mansfield were playing their part in a physical contest and United had to remain resolute at the back to keep a hold of their one goal advantage.

Minutes before the break though the Stags were level when a header by Coulthirst was deflected off the shin of Leon Legge and past Will Norris.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half were finely poised with Mansfield gradually getting a hold of the game. Krystian Pearce powered his way into a dangerous position inside the U’s area before the hour mark, and the centre back made no mistake when he headed past Norris.

The goal prompted Shaun Derry to switch his forward options replacing George Maris for loan striker Gerry McDonagh.

However, Mansfield wrapped up the game with 16 minutes to play, when Coulthirst was hand on tap in a rebound following Norris’ parried save off White’s pile drive at goal.

Cambridge United : Norris, Davies, Legge, Roberts, Carroll, Mingoia, Dunne, Clark (Lewis, 70 mins), Berry, Maris (McDonagh, 61 mins), Ikpeazu

Mansfield Town: Kean, Bennett, Benning, Collins, Pearce, Coulthirst (Hoban, 87 mins), White, Hamilton, Byrom, Whiteman (Baxendale, 90 mins), Rose (Thomas, 70 mins)

Attendance: 4,211 (307)

Vindis Man of the Match: Jake Carroll


Cambridge United player ratings: Leon Davies performs well on full League debut in 3-1 loss to Mansfield Town

George Maris’ early goal proved to be in vain as Cambridge United suffered their first Sky Bet League Two defeat for two months with today’s 3-1 loss at home to Mansfield.

An own goal equaliser from Leon Legge just before the break and efforts from Krystian Pearce and Shaquile Coulthirst were enough for the Stags to clinch the three points.

Here is how we rated the United team based on today’s performance, so see what you think and then have a go at rating them yourself with our special widget.


Maybe could have done better for third Mansfield goal


Defended well, but did not have any licence to get forward


Tough afternoon for a full League debut, but acquitted himself well


Bore the brunt of much of the midfield fight


Enjoyed a good battle with Mansfield’s strikers


Not as solid as usual, capped by unfortunate own goal


Decent cross for the goal, but unable to create too much else


Made some useful runs, but was well marshalled


Effort could not be faulted, but proved to be a tough afternoon


Took goal well and offered some threat down the left


Frustrating game for the big man against streetwise defenders



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