Shrewsbury Town 5-1 Cambridge United

Shrewsbury skipper Luke Leahy is now Town's top scorer this season in all competitions with eight goals
Shrewsbury skipper Luke Leahy is now Town’s top scorer this season in all competitions with eight goals

Luke Leahy stole the show as Shrewsbury Town got back to winning ways at home with a thumping 5-1 victory over relegation-threatened Cambridge.

The Salop skipper bookended a brilliant win and set up two others in their first victory at home since 10 December, while visitors Cambridge sunk deeper into trouble with a fourth straight defeat.

Town started strongly but the U’s held firm until Paul Digby gifted the hosts a penalty when he felled Matthew Pennington.

Leahy got the party started from the spot as he scored for a second game running in the 31st minute.

Jordan Shipley sent the hosts into the break with a two-goal cushion as he chalked up a first league goal since October with a stunning 20-yard strike in first-half stoppage time.

Defender Pennington powered home his sixth goal of the season from Leahy’s corner just before the hour.

Joe Ironside clawed one back for the downbeat visitors before Christian Saydee completed a dazzling run with a neat finish 20 minutes from time.

Leahy completed a brilliant performance with a fifth at the end to take Steve Cotterill’s side, 4-0 winners at Burton last weekendto a goal tally of nine in two games.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1billows
  • 5Pennington
  • 22Dunkley
  • 33Flanagan
  • 6MooreSubstituted forBennettat 82′minutes
  • 7WinchestersSubstituted forBaylissat 68′minutes
  • 3leahy
  • 26Shipley
  • 8Phillips
  • 14streetSubstituted forBowmanat 74′minutes
  • 24SaydeeSubstituted forBloxhamat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bowman
  • 13Burgoyn
  • 15Pyke
  • 17Bennett
  • 18Bloxham
  • 20Bayliss
  • 30Barlow

Cambridge

Formation 3-4-3

  • 25Mannion
  • 15OKedinaBooked at 45mins
  • 21BennettBooked at 19minsSubstituted forTaylorat 76′minutes
  • 2Williams
  • 28Bennett
  • 4DigbyBooked at 32mins
  • 27WormanBooked at 12mins
  • 7Brophy
  • 18TraceySubstituted forIronsideat 64′minutes
  • 10Smith
  • 26knibbsSubstituted forLankesterat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mitov
  • 5Taylor
  • 9Ironside
  • 14Lankester
  • 17Janneh
  • 20Okenabirhie
  • 22simper

Referees:
Thomas Kirk

Attendance:
5.841

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