High five means it’s job Dunne for the U’s

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Good­ing

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.”


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