Bentley the hero as Blues through
Young goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was the hero for Southend United, as his two penalty saves against Bury ensured Blues progressed to the third round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 shootout win.
The game finished 1-1 after extra time courtesy of goals from Zac Thompson – who gave Bury a second-half lead – and Gavin Tomlin, who equalised for Blues just minutes later.
Neither team could be separated in extra time as Southend ran out 3-2 victors from the penalty spot with Bentley the hero of the evening; saving David Worrall’s and Mark Hughes’ penalties.
Troy Hewitt also missed his penalty to ensure it was Blues who would face Brentford or Bradford in round three.
Blues had the first chance of the game in the 11th minute with Tomlin cutting in and firing a dangerous strike at Trevor Carson who claimed well in the frosty conditions.
Ryan Cresswell was next to test the Shakers keeper in the 25th minute after turning in the box before stretching to connect with his strike which was right down the throat of Carson who caught the ball comfortably as neither side managed to get a hold of the game.
Daniel Bentley pulled off a tremendous save in the 31st minute from a stinging Matt Doherty volley, parrying the ball away for a corner at full stretch.
It was the away side again on the attack with Tom Soares curling an audacious effort inches over the bar from long distance.
With the scores level at half time, Andy Bishop had the first chance of the second with a blistering drive inside the area which Bentley was equal to, seeing the ball late through a flood of players.
Bury took the lead on the hour mark through Thompson’s smart finish after the midfielder was gifted the goal by the Southend defence.
Luke Prosser and Cresswell tried to pass the ball out from the back with the latter’s pass finding Bishop who simply squared to the ball to Thompson before slotting the ball into the corner of the goal.
Southend equalised immediately through Tomlin’s glancing header with the Blues only behind for a matter of minutes.
Sean Clohessy superbly found the striker with a right wing cross which the striker nodded into the corner of the net past the helpless Carson.
Bentley pulled off another great save from a fierce Soares strike as Bury looked to take the lead once again as the conditions at Roots Hall worsened in the cold weather.
Blues hit back with Kevan Hurst’s thunderous drive from 25 yards in the 75th minute which had Carson sprawling back to his goal line as the ball narrowly missed the target.
With three minutes added on from the referee, Tomlin nearly snatched the victory after Freddy Eastwood’s header gave the striker a chance in front of goal, seeing his effort go past the foot of the post.
Neither team were able to find the winning goal with the game heading into extra time at a frosty Roots Hall in this FA Cup second round replay.
Carson made a solid save from an Eastwood volley in the 96th minute as the striker’s left footed effort looked destined for the net.
The extra time ended in a stalemate with the game being decided on penalty kicks at a very evenly matched game.
Southend United ended up 3-2 winners on penalty after Bentley’s heroics in goal with two penalty saves gave Blues the victory and the place in the third round of the FA cup against Brentford.
The first four penalties were all scored with Eastwood and Clohessy finding the net for Blues and Steven Schumacher and Doherty converting for Bury.
Worrall was next to step up for the away side, with his penalty saved excellently by the young keeper as Bentley dived low to his left.
Hurst gave Blues the lead with a well placed effort before Troy Hewitt skewed his effort horrible wide of the target.
Tomlin had the chance to wrap up victory for Southend but his attempted chip down the middle was saved comfortably by Carson.
Mark Hughes stepped up needing to score to keep Bury in the tie but Bentley produced another save sending Southend into the next round.