FA Cup: AFC Sudbury 0-4 Colchester United

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Colchester United avoided an FA Cup upset by winning the first round at AFC Sudbury with a 4-0 score.

The League Two visitors did a great job of removing the 8th tier side from the competition.

Colchester won easily thanks to goals from Sylvester Jasper, Sylvester Sears and Shawn McCoulsky.

Wiredu hit the opener just before a Sears halfvolley. Jasper curled in right footed, before McCoulsky scored a fourth in extra time.

Hayden Mullins' team will need to wait until Monday night to find their second round opponents. The draw is set for the first-round tie between Salford City and Dagenham & Redbridge.

With just four wins, the U's are 17th in their division. They were knocked out last season by penalties at home to Marine non-league Marine.

However, Isthmian League division One North AFC Sudbury was just 15 miles away from Colchester and could not make an impact despite their 4G playing field and the support of a full crowd.

Colchester's dominance in the off was finally paid 35 minutes later when Wiredu grabbed a half-cleared pass to score on the volley.

Colchester United's Brendan Wiredu opened scoring with a close-range volley

Sears was then set up for the second half four minutes later when the former West Ham striker and Ipswich forward struck a sweet effort from just outside of the penalty box into the bottom left corner.

After the break, Colchester's fourth goal came from Colchester. Fulham loanee Jasper grabbed a corner from Armando Donbra before Jasper was allowed to curl a shot into the far corner.

Substitute McCoulsky finished the scoring three minutes before the end of added time, when he met Luke Hannant’s cross to the nearpost with the inside foot.

Rick Andrews, AFC Sudbury's joint-manager, spoke to BBC Radio Suffolk

"It was too much for us, and fair play to Colchester. It was a professional performance.

"At 30-odd minute we felt we were getting closer and creating opportunities, but we gave away two quickfire goals.

"I wish we could have had a goal for fans, they were exceptional and I told the players at the half-time just give it a try.

"They are a classy side, and we were well beaten tonight. The players were a class act and the support appreciated their efforts.

Hayden Mullins, manager of Colchester United, told BBC Essex:

"The entire job was very professional from beginning to end. I asked my boys to be respectful of the opposition and to perform professionally.

"If they let them get up to speed, it could have been really difficult for me with the atmosphere.

"I wanted my boys to control the game, and I wanted them to keep calm and focus on what we were doing. We took the chance and it was great to see them go.

"The goal is to reach the third round and hopefully draw one the big boys at home. It was a great night."