United avoid relegation on final dayJACOB Murphy helped Colchester United survive relegation on the final day of the Sky Bet League One season on Sunday with a 1-0 home victory over Preston North End.
The U’s went into the game knowing nothing short of three points would give them a chance of preserving their status in the division, and seemed set for the worst when Chris Porter missed a penalty early in the second half.
However, a late winner from George Moncur sparked jubilant scenes at the Weston Home Community Stadium as Tony Humes’ side stayed up at the expense of Leyton Orient, Crawley and Notts County.
The result meant Colchester amassed a total of eight points from their final four league fixtures, having previously appeared destined for the drop prior to rallying as the season drew to a close.
City’s young winger can stake a claim to having a significant impact in that run, scoring four times in total as United picked up five wins and three draws in the 11 matches he was involved in.
In Sky Bet League Two, Cameron McGeehan recovered from injury to complete 90 minutes for Luton on Saturday as they ended their campaign at home to Stevenage.
The Hatters secured a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Mark Cullen and Michael Harriman, but ultimately fell three points short of securing a play-off place.
In France, Ricky van Wolfswinkel appeared as a 57th minute substitute in St-Etienne’s 1-0 defeat to Bastia on Saturday.
On the same day, Kyle Lafferty played the closing 17 minutes as Rizespor went down 2-0 at Kardemir in the Turkish Super Lig.