AFC Wimbledon 2, Southend United 2 (AFC Wimbledon win 4-2 on penalties)

Jack Payne scores his second of the night

Jack Payne scores his second of the night

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SOUTHEND United suffered a painful first round elimination from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at 10 man AFC Wimbledon tonight, losing 4-2 on penalties after being held to a 2-2 draw.

The Shrimpers seemed set to surge through to the second round when a brace from talented teenager Jack Payne put them 2-1 in front at the Kingsmeadow Stadium.

But former Blues skipper Adam Barrett returned to haunt his former side, netting a stunning late strike to take the tie to penalties.

And, after both Lee Barnard and Ben Coker missed for Southend, it was the Dons who came out on top, despite having midfielder Harry Pell sent off after just 18 minutes.

Up until then, the Shrimpers had looked in control and Phil Brown’s side took just five minutes to open the scoring, with a well worked move down the right hand side.

Myles Weston collected John White’s pass before speeding past Barrett and delivering a low cross in to the path of Shaq Coulthirst.

The on loan Tottenham Hotspur failed to make a clean connection with the ball but his scuffed effort fell perfectly in to the path of Jack Payne who prodded home a low shot from 10 yards.

The effort was the young midfielder’s first in senior football and he was almost celebrating a second just moments later when he burst in to the box and fired wide of the right post.

Coulthirst was next to trouble the AFC Wimbledon defence as his powerful low shot was smartly saved by James Shea down to his left hand side.

But, having survived the scares, the hosts drew back level in the 16th minute, with Kevin Sainte-Luce on target.

The striker was picked out by an intelligent right wing corner from Tom Beere and fired a first time shot in to the bottom right hand corner of the net from just inside the penalty area.

Blues immediately got back on top with Weston curling a low, 20 yard straight at Shea before the Shrimpers’ hopes of victory were boosted in the 18th minute when the Dons were reduced to 10 men.

Midfielder Pell was the man to be dismissed for a shocking, high challenge on David Worrall.

However, despite their numerical disadvantage, it was the Dons who threatened next with Adebayo Azeez heading a right wing cross from Barry Fuller just inches over the crossbar.

The hosts were then left fuming just before the break when Azeez went to ground inside the penalty area while under pressure from Mads Ibenfeldt, only for referee Charles Breakspear to show him a yellow card after judging he dived.

The relieved Shrimpers soon replied and almost regained the lead when Coulthirst’s header was cleared off the line by former Southend defender Mark Phillips.

Southend were not to be denied for long though and, six minutes in to the second half, they regained the lead with Payne again on target.

The youngster collected a quickly taken free-kick from Coker before advancing to the edge of the penalty area and unleashing a low, right foot which flew in off the inside of the right post.

The Shrimpers then almost extended their lead with Phillips coming close to scoring an own goal as his miscued clearance was saved by the legs of Shea.

And, with 65 minutes on the clock, Payne came close to completing a hat-trick when he nutmegged Phillips before seeing his low, right foot shot impressively tipped wide of the left post by Shea.

But, following the keeper’s fine saves, Wimbledon nearly netted when Azeez burst in to the box and saw his effort, from a narrow angle, blocked by Bentley’s legs.

His opposite number, Shea, was then also called in to action when he blocked a low effort from Weston before he did well to block a powerful effort from Coulthirst.

Blues boss Brown then opted to bring on both Ryan Leonard and Lee Barnard in quick succession.

And Leonard was then also denied by Shea as his stunning 30 yard shot was impressively tipped over the crossbar.

But the missed opportunities were to cost Southend dear as Barrett bagged a brilliant equaliser with a well struck shot from 25 yards to take the tie to a penalty shoot out.

Payne and Barry Corr, who came off the bench, both netted from the spot for Blues.

However, Barnard and Coker both saw their efforts saved by Shea and, with Wimbledon scoring all four penalties, it was them who made it through to the second round.

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10:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

shoeburyboy says...

Southend could not beat 10 men think Phil Brown should go or we will be like Fossets Farm history, not playing in the league and playing in the conference
Southend could not beat 10 men think Phil Brown should go or we will be like Fossets Farm history, not playing in the league and playing in the conference shoeburyboy
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5:52am Wed 3 Sep 14

gary 51 says...

Pathetic, the euphoria of the new season is waning fast and it is only September, a long depressing winter lays ahead.
Grant you this competition is Mickey Mouse but winning breeds confidence.
Amazing another 2 goals shipped in and one player becomes top goal scorer in one match, wow unbelievable.
Perhaps the Spurs lad could get a job in the new Spurs shop in the High Street.
Fancy managing Col U Mr Brown.....please go for it!!!!
Pathetic, the euphoria of the new season is waning fast and it is only September, a long depressing winter lays ahead. Grant you this competition is Mickey Mouse but winning breeds confidence. Amazing another 2 goals shipped in and one player becomes top goal scorer in one match, wow unbelievable. Perhaps the Spurs lad could get a job in the new Spurs shop in the High Street. Fancy managing Col U Mr Brown.....please go for it!!!! gary 51
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3:20pm Wed 3 Sep 14

southend loser says...

gary 51 wrote:
Pathetic, the euphoria of the new season is waning fast and it is only September, a long depressing winter lays ahead.
Grant you this competition is Mickey Mouse but winning breeds confidence.
Amazing another 2 goals shipped in and one player becomes top goal scorer in one match, wow unbelievable.
Perhaps the Spurs lad could get a job in the new Spurs shop in the High Street.
Fancy managing Col U Mr Brown.....please go for it!!!!
I agree MM cup but like you say winning builds up confidence.
Still a bit early to be too downhearted but something does need doing to get back on track.
I see also 'homesick' Cresswell. Has moved from Fleetwood to Northampton
,more footballer hogwash.
[quote][p][bold]gary 51[/bold] wrote: Pathetic, the euphoria of the new season is waning fast and it is only September, a long depressing winter lays ahead. Grant you this competition is Mickey Mouse but winning breeds confidence. Amazing another 2 goals shipped in and one player becomes top goal scorer in one match, wow unbelievable. Perhaps the Spurs lad could get a job in the new Spurs shop in the High Street. Fancy managing Col U Mr Brown.....please go for it!!!![/p][/quote]I agree MM cup but like you say winning builds up confidence. Still a bit early to be too downhearted but something does need doing to get back on track. I see also 'homesick' Cresswell. Has moved from Fleetwood to Northampton ,more footballer hogwash. southend loser
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5:21pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Barnet Shrimper says...

For a long time I have disliked the false euphoria too often displayed at Roots Hall, most of which had little justification, and reality.I feel especially sad for the amazing travelling supporters.
So here the Blues go again as we see against very average teams already this season, very poor results. As for the new recruits....who are we kidding, name two better than those who were there a few months a go ?
Hopefully Chris Phillips of the ECHO will add clarification and perception on the Blues in his comments before October, as to what hope there is for anything better than mid table being achieved (again) this season., not helped by the probable draw against Oxford this saturday ! WERE is the silver lining ?
For a long time I have disliked the false euphoria too often displayed at Roots Hall, most of which had little justification, and reality.I feel especially sad for the amazing travelling supporters. So here the Blues go again as we see against very average teams already this season, very poor results. As for the new recruits....who are we kidding, name two better than those who were there a few months a go ? Hopefully Chris Phillips of the ECHO will add clarification and perception on the Blues in his comments before October, as to what hope there is for anything better than mid table being achieved (again) this season., not helped by the probable draw against Oxford this saturday ! WERE is the silver lining ? Barnet Shrimper
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