High five means it’s job Dunne for the U’s
CAMBRIDGE blew Port Vale away to end the season in style and celebrate Joe Dunne’s appointment as head coach.
Dunne, who was named permanent U’s boss this week after four months in interim charge, saw his side score twice in quick succession in the first half through David Amoo and Harrison Dunk.
After half-time, a Brad Halliday rocket, sub Barry Corr’s cool finish and Billy Waters’ curling effort secured a comfortable victory.
“It was a hot day but we wanted to come here and show some energy, and we were very professional and very clinical,” said Dunne.
“In what were gruelling conditions, the boys really turned it on. We got our goals at the right time, which gave us a platform for the second half.
“We wanted to say thank you to the fans for their support, and now we want to take this momentum and energy into next season.”
Former Colchester boss Dunne has transformed the U’s fortunes since taking over from Shaun Derry, and his side could have had a hatful against a poor Port Vale team.
Vale hit the bar early on through James Gibbons, but it was plain sailing for the U’s once Amoo opened the scoring with a smart finish from the outstanding Jake Carroll’s cross. Two minutes later Dunk was in the right place to score from a narrow angle after Vale had struggled to clear Amoo’s header.
Port Vale almost reduced the deficit ten minutes after the break as Luke Hannant, a former Cambridge academy player, flicked Michael Tonge’s corner wide.
But Halliday put the result beyond doubt in the 68th minute with a rocket of a shot from 25 yards. Corr added a fourth from a George Maris corner before Waters wrapped up the scoring with a solo strike, cutting in from the right and bending a shot into the bottom corner.
Vale boss Neil Aspin pulled no punches in his description of his side’s performance.
“That display sums up how much we need to improve,” he said.
“It was disastrous, and we’re not good enough at the moment. The only positive was that we were able to get a couple of the young lads that have come through the system onto the pitch, but to be honest I felt sorry for them because they got no help from anyone.
“There’s a lot of work to do to put a better side out next season, because there was no fight or desire.”
STAR MAN JAKE CARROLL Cambridge