Cambridge United suffer frustrating afternoon with defeat against Carlisle United
Second-half goal does the damage to U's
Ashley Nadesan struck to send Cambridge United to a 2-1 defeat against Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two.
It was a frustrating afternoon for the U’s at the Abbey Stadium, in a match that they may be left to wonder how they did not get anything from.
It was a second-half effort from the Cumbrians that did the damage, but it was the first half that probably proved costly as how they went in at half time all square is anyone’s guess.
The U’s had controlled the match for all of the half, and it started at the top of the pitch.
Strikers Jabo Ibehre and Ade Azeez were working the Carlisle defenders extremely well, giving them no chance to play out from the back, forcing the visitors to play long, aimless passes forward.
That was gifting possession back to the U’s, and Brown was doing well to drift into space between the lines to force Carlisle onto the backfoot.
Ibehre had a header wide at the back post from a corner inside two minutes, and Louis John headed in the same direction from a similar set piece in the 11th minute.
Brown then had space at the back post, but he blazed wide.
Somehow, Carlisle keeper Adam Collin kept out Azeez’s side-foot shot from close range in the 21st minute, after more good work from Brown.
The U’s good play was finally rewarded in the 23rd minute.
Brown’s slide-rule pass set Ibehre free and from the byline, he square a pass across the area to Brown, who had continued his run to side-foot home.
United maintained the upper hand, but Carlisle struck at the end of the half.
Their only effort of the half had been a tame effort from George Glendon that was easy for David Forde, but they created their equaliser after the U’s gave away possession in midfield.
Jerry Yates beat Brad Halliday on the right, but his cross was too deep, however, Jamie Devitt recovered the ball, and his delivery from the byline was better, and Richard Bennett rose highest to head home.
It was a bitter blow for United, who really should have been clear at half time.
It was a much more evenly-contested second half, with Carlisle becoming more of a force in the game.
In the early exchanges, the best chance was a half-volley by Maris from the edge of the area that went over, and George Taft had a header from a free kick over the bar.
However, Carlisle struck in the 69th minute.
A ball was moved across the face of the United area, and Devitt slid a pass into the box for Ashley Nadeson, whose first effort was blocked at close range but it fell back to him to fire into the bottom corner.
Substitute Barry Corr had a header wide from a Maris corner blocked on the line, but they had a let-off at the other end as Adam Campbell was put free in the area, only to fire his effort across goal and wide on the angle.
Cambridge United: Forde, Halliday, John, Taft, Carroll, Amoo, Deegan, Maris, Brown, Azeez, Ibhre.
Substitutes: Corr (Azeez, 70), Lewis (Deegan, 85). Not used: Mitov, Davies, O’Neil, Taylor, Osadebe.
Carlisle United: Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Gillesphey, Devitt, Glendon, Etuhu, Yates, Bennett, Nadesan.
Substitutes: Campbell (Nadesan, 77), Sowerby (Glendon, 89). Not used: O’Reilly, Miller, Slater, Campbell, Adewusi, McCarron.
Referee: Ollie Yates.
Attendance: 4,234 (away 248).