Match Report : 17/01/2015


Newport County AFC suffered defeat on Saturday at the hands of Cambridge United. Cambridge ran out 4-0 winners with goals from Kaikai, Hughes and a brace for debutant Cameron McGeehan. 

Cambridge came out of the blocks early in this game and just five minutes into his debut Cameron McGeehan fired a warning shot, clipping the bar in the process and going safely behind for a goal kick. But eight minutes later McGeehan got the breakthrough, finding himself in the area with space he struck his effort into the bottom corner.

It was then the turn of Sullay Kaikai to try his luck at goal, the U's striker finding himself through one on one but putting his effort wide of the target. County's first effort fell to Aaron O'Connor, his shot was held by Dunn in the Cambridge goal.

Following a number of corners for County, they were unable to find a way past the Cambridge defence and with two minutes left in the half Cambridge doubled their advantage, Sullay Kaikai's effort finding the bottom corner to make it 2-0. County looked to reply instantly but Mark Byrne's header was just wide.

HALF TIME: Cambridge 2-0 County

After the interval it was Cambridge who had the first chance of the half, Ryan Donaldson putting his shot safely over the County goal. 

As we passed the hour mark Yan Klukowski and Joe Parker replaced Lee Minshull and Andy Sandell. But just a minute later McGeehan had his second goal of the day and Cambridge's third, finishing off from close range following a breakaway. 

Joe Day was then called into action to save well from a long distance shot and Day was again on hand with 15 minutes left as he got down to save a free kick. County began to push on, Chris Zebroski's deflected shot was gathered by Dunn who put Cambridge immediately on the counter attack, with Day saving well again.

With 12 minutes left County brought on Max Porter to replace Adam Chapman. A minute later Cambridge extended their lead and made the points safe, Liam Hughes putting in at the second time of asking.

A bad day at the office for County as they fall to their first defeat following four straight wins.

FULL TIME: Cambridge 4-0 County