Unbeaten Colchester ruthlessly despatched lowly Tranmere after a devastating first-half performance.
The U's went ahead when David Perkins' miscued shot fell to David Mooney who finished well.
The hosts doubled their lead through an excellent free-kick from Anthony Wordsworth before Magnus Okuonghae made it 3-0 with a close-range header.
Tranmere keeper Peter Gulacsi saved a late Wordsworth penalty before Enoch Showunmi's cool finish for Rovers.
Ashley Vincent had chances in each half to extend the home side's lead but could only fire straight at Gulacsi.
After a dour second half, the game came to life in the last 10 minutes when Colchester substitute Kayode Odejayi was brought down in the Tranmere box by Ian Goodison, Gulasci saving well from Wordsworth's spot kick.
Rovers then went straight up the other end and Showunmi finished expertly from a Joss Labadie pass to reduce the arrears.
Colchester manager John Ward told BBC Essex: "I'm absolutely delighted, we had really good chances to extend the lead.
"our approach and attitude to the game was absolutely spot on.
"I've been pleased with my team and the way they've gone about their work."
Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It would be nice if he [Enoch Showunmi] was scoring those goals for 1-0 wins, but unfortunately he's not.
"Colchester have scored three early goals and had two late chances, they may have ended up scoring five.
"But we can't let that happen and we can't be in a position every week where we're chasing it."
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Saturday, 25 September 2010
Npower League One
14 Bond (Henderson 82)
07 Vincent (Henderson 67)
19 Mooney (Odejayi 75 yellow card)
05 Goodison yellow card
18 Blanchard yellow card
08 Welsh yellow card
30 Mendy yellow card (Fraughan 62)
21 Jennings (McGurk 70)
27 Akins (Moore 53)
Ref: CrossleyAtt: 3,637
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:29 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+3:37 Anthony Wordsworth is caught offside. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+3:06 Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth.
90:00+2:00 Booking Kayode Odejayi is given a yellow card.
90:00+1:35 Kayode Odejayi is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Goodison.
90:00+1:16 Ian Henderson is penalised for a handball. Peter Gulacsi takes the free kick.
88:34 Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
87:18 Free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.
87:18 Booking John Welsh is cautioned.
87:04 John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John White.
86:03 Enoch Showunmi concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Reid. Mark Cousins takes the direct free kick.
85:41 David Perkins has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
83:30 Magnus Okuonghae fouled by Joss Labadie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
82:58 Anthony Wordsworth has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
81:54 Substitution Ian Henderson on for Andy Bond.
80:47 Joss Labadie provided the assist for the goal.
80:47 GOAL - Enoch Showunmi:Colchester 3 - 1 Tranmere A goal is scored by Enoch Showunmi from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester 3-1
Correction - 79:58 Power penalty taken by Anthony Wordsworth saved by Peter Gulacsi. Colchester 3-0 Tranmere.
79:58 Penalty taken by Anthony Wordsworth is saved by Peter Gulacsi. Colchester 3-0 Tranmere.
79:18 Booking Caution for Ian Goodison.
Correction - 78:55 Ian Goodison concedes a Penalty for a foul on Kayode Odejayi.
78:55 Kayode Odejayi fouled by Ian Goodison, the ref awards a Penalty.
78:16 Liam Henderson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
77:35 Ryan Fraughan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
75:41 Shot from deep inside the area by Andy Bond goes over the bar.
74:23 Mark Cousins restarts play with the free kick.
74:23 Substitution Kayode Odejayi replaces David Mooney.
74:23 Foul by John Welsh on Kemal Izzet, free kick awarded.
74:00 Unfair challenge on Anthony Wordsworth by Joss Labadie results in a free kick. Anthony Wordsworth takes the direct free kick.
73:04 The official flags Enoch Showunmi offside. Mark Cousins restarts play with the free kick.
72:44 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Anthony Wordsworth.
72:07 Direct free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.
72:07 Booking The referee shows Maximo Blanchard a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
71:40 David Mooney fouled by Maximo Blanchard, the ref awards a free kick.
69:20 Substitution Adam McGurk on for Dale Jennings.
68:59 Shot by Joss Labadie from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
66:34 Substitution Liam Henderson on for Ashley Vincent.
64:03 David Mooney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
62:44 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Bond. Peter Gulacsi takes the free kick.
61:23 Free kick taken by Peter Gulacsi.
61:23 Substitution Ryan Fraughan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Arnaud Mendy.
61:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Mooney.
60:23 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from the left by-line, clearance by Ian Goodison.
59:54 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth played to the near post.
57:13 Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell.
56:27 Ashley Vincent fouled by Enoch Showunmi, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Cousins takes the direct free kick.
52:29 Anthony Wordsworth restarts play with the free kick.
52:29 Substitution Lucas Akins leaves the field to be replaced by Ian Thomas-Moore.
52:29 Anthony Wordsworth fouled by Maximo Blanchard, the ref awards a free kick.
52:06 Ashley Vincent takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
48:04 Unfair challenge on Aaron Cresswell by Ashley Vincent results in a free kick. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:00+3:31 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+2:50 Anthony Wordsworth takes a outswinging corner.
45:00+1:50 Andy Bond produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
41:25 Paul Reid restarts play with the free kick.
41:25 Booking Arnaud Mendy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
41:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Bond by Arnaud Mendy.
39:28 David Mooney is ruled offside. Peter Gulacsi takes the indirect free kick.
35:24 Unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Mark Cousins takes the free kick.
34:48 Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell.
30:03 The assist for the goal came from Andy Bond.
30:03 GOAL - Magnus Okuonghae:Colchester 3 - 0 Tranmere Magnus Okuonghae scores a headed goal from close range. Colchester 3-0 Tranmere.
29:24 John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Anthony Wordsworth takes the free kick.
27:19 Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on David Perkins. Marc Tierney takes the direct free kick.
25:45 The referee blows for offside against Joss Labadie. Mark Cousins takes the indirect free kick.
21:07 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Peter Gulacsi.
17:26 Ashley Vincent takes a shot. Save made by Peter Gulacsi.
Correction - 15:36 GOAL - Anthony Wordsworth:Colchester 2 - 0 Tranmere Anthony Wordsworth finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top right corner
of the goal. Colchester 2-0 Tranmere.
15:36 GOAL - Anthony Wordsworth:Colchester 2 - 0 Tranmere Anthony Wordsworth finds the net with a shot from the free kick from 12 yards. Colchester 2-0 Tranmere.
14:25 Unfair challenge on David Perkins by Aaron Cresswell results in a free kick.
12:54 Jermaine Grandison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. Anthony Wordsworth takes the direct free
10:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Magnus Okuonghae on Joss Labadie. Aaron Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.
10:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Perkins by Joss Labadie. Free kick taken by Marc Tierney.
8:31 Unfair challenge on Ashley Vincent by Jermaine Grandison results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Anthony Wordsworth from
the free kick.
7:18 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Bond. Free kick taken by Peter Gulacsi.
5:54 Assist by David Perkins.
5:54 GOAL - David Mooney:Colchester 1 - 0 Tranmere David Mooney gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Colchester
5:21 Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line, Enoch Showunmi manages to make a clearance.
4:48 The referee blows for offside against Dale Jennings. Free kick taken by Mark Cousins.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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