Comfortable win for Southend in JPT

4 Oct

BLUES saw off the challenge of Dagenham with ease to progress to the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Southend were on top throughout and took the lead on the half hour mark when Ryan Leonard’s quickly taken throw caught out the Daggers backline and the recalled Ryan Hall controlled the ball with his thigh before flicking home.
After the break, Hall had a good chance to double the advantage from the spot but his effort was saved.
Worryingly for Southend, Anthony Grant then suffered a foot injury and had to be replaced by Neil Harris, who was immediately thwarted by the goalkeeper as the ex-Millwall man tried to round him.
Harris then miscontrolled a sloppy crossfield ball by a defender that would have put him through.
And when Harris was harshly penalised for jumping on the edge of his own box it looked as though Southend had thrown away on 66 minutes when Damien McCrory’s free kick deflected in off the wall.
But a moment of brilliance from Hall with 16 minutes to go gave Blues a second. Having slipped to the floor, he retained possession and wriggled past two challenges before rifling home a low shot from 12 yards.
And Harris got the goal he deserved with the last kick of the game after Ryan Leonard’s disguised through-ball put him one-on-one with the keeper, who saved Harris’s first effort but not the second.

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