Southend United recorded a 2-1 victory against Championship side Ipswich Town at Roots Hall this evening.
A first half header from Kane Ferdinand got the ball rolling for the Blues before Ipswich defender Luke Chambers put the ball in his own net to double the lead.
The Tractor Boys pulled a goal back in the second half after Daniel Bentley slipped while attempting to clear Mark Phillips back pass giving Town a lifeline, before the Blues held on for a 2-1 victory.
Southend started off brightly and were nearly a goal ahead in the opening minute after Ryan Hall’s back post cross was met by the head of the unmarked Ferdinand who headed narrowly over the bar.
Blues did take the lead in the seventh minute and it was the same duo again with Ferdinand glancing Hall’s left footed free-kick into the bottom corner past Scott Loach in the town goal.
Southend continued to press and extended their lead four minutes later after Ferdinand headed Hall’s deep cross back across goal with the ball ricocheting off the unfortunate Luke Chambers into the Ipswich goal.
Ipswich attempted to get themselves back in the game, passing the ball around well but to no avail with Blues looking the most likely to score.
A long kick up field from Daniel Bentley was flicked on well by Neil Harris with Roach just beating Gavin Tomlin to the ball at the second attempt.
Town’s first shot of the game came in the 24th minute after Michael Chopra found Josh Carson 18 yards out before the midfielder scuffed his shot straight into the arms of Bentley.
Ipswich continued to look for a way back into the game with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas firing over from long range after skipping in between the Blues midfield.
Carson’s goal line clearance prevented Southend from scoring a third after another dangerous Hall set piece was glanced towards the net by Harris before Carson’s intervention kept the score line the same.
With half time approaching Ipswich fashioned a rare chance with Carlos Edward’s firing a dangerous ball across the face of the goal with Adam Drury inches away from tucking it away.
Ipswich looked dangerous at the start of the second half and a last gasp clearance from Ryan Cresswell stopped Ryan Stevenson getting on the end of Aaron Cresswell’s skidding delivery.
From the resulting corner Stevenson had his close range effort blocked by the body of Bentley as the young stopper closed the ball down well giving the substitute no time on the ball.
Blues replied instantly in the 58th minute with a clever cross from Ryan Leonard using the outside of his boot finding Mark Phillips who headed over six yards out under pressure.
The game started to open up with both teams creating chances; Massimo Luongo will wonder how he didn’t find the back of the net after a clever reverse pass from Emmanuel-Thomas put the midfielder in on goal from an acute angle before chipping his shot woefully into the side netting.
Ipswich pulled a goal back in calamitous fashion in the 71st minute after Phillips played a back pass towards Bentley in goal for the Blues who misjudged the ball before slipping over as it bobbled into the back of the Southend net Town looked for the equaliser and Chopra nearly found it cannoning an excellent strike off the corner of the crossbar from 20 yards out.
Chopra continued to hassle the Blues defence and after a smart turn the striker fired an effort at goal which Bentley was equal to, diving at full length to his left palming the ball to safety.
Ipswich were inches away from the equaliser they were looking for with Emmanuel-Thomas inches away from finding the back of the net with a superb left footed curling effort from the edge of the area which skidded past the foot of the post.
Southend managed to hold onto victory against a strong Ipswich Town side as the Blues looked solid in their preparation for the upcoming League Two season.
Southend: Bentley, Clohessy, Phillips, Cresswell, Straker, Hall, Ferdinand, Leonard (Brogan 80), Hurst (Martin 81), Harris (Eastwood 69), Tomlin (Benyon 69).
Subs not used: Barker and Prosser.