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A youthful Colchester United squad containing five new Academy recruits and five of last season's Centre of Excellence Under-16s successfully defended their Essex County FA Charter Standard Tournament title.
The team cantered through the group stage, scoring 19 goals without reply in their three games with youngsters Sarah Gibbs, Gemma Codling and Chelsea House notching their first senior goals for the club.
In the semi final Barking put up a good fight before succumbing 4-0 and in the Final, Hemel Hempstead were able to finally breach the U's goal with a consolation effort in the 5-1 Colchester victory.
Colchester boss Kevin Anderson was pleased with the days work and the opportunity to see some of the younger players in action, commenting: "We wanted to take the opportunity to get some of our youngsters their first real taste of competitive senior football and it was really pleasing to see how they along with some of our more established players went about the task today.
"To be fair we probably had a much stronger squad in this tournament last season and made much harder work of winning it then. It's not always easy to break teams down in 30 minute matches but we have passed the ball well, adapted to the different challenges set and scored 28 goals in just two and a half hours play and only conceded once so it's a fair effort.
"It was good to see that we are continuing the tradition we have of developing our young players and blooding them early and it's nice to know that they are ready to step up when called upon."
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