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AFC Wimbledon U18's 2 Southend U18's 2

1 October 2012

Southend United Under-18s threw away a two-goal lead against AFC Wimbledon to draw 2-2 on Saturday.

Blues took the lead through two first half strikes from Jack Payne, before the Wombles hit back twice after the break.

However, despite the comeback United managed to maintain their unbeaten run, now standing at five matches, much to the delight of Head of Youth Ricky Duncan.

“It would’ve been unfair on AFC Wimbledon if we had of scored at the end so I felt that 2-2 was a fair reflection of how the match went,” Duncan told the official website.

“I’ve told the lads not to be disappointed because we did not lose today and we’ve not lost in five matches now.”

Southend had a chance to score early on after just two minutes when Fope Coker’s quickly taken free-kick found Jack Payne but Dons keeper Jack Greenaway easily saved his effort.

Keiron Tarbie then cleared the bar with a 25-yard free-kick for the hosts after Josh Banton handled outside the box before Southend took the lead in the 20th minute.

Payne picked up the ball outside the centre circle before he forced his way into the penalty area to beat Greenaway to his left to make it 1-0.

Five minutes later Blues could have doubled their advantage when Jack Bridge forced a save at the near post from Greenaway before Wimbledon’s Olyesi Daley deflected Payne’s close range effort out for a corner.

However, three minutes before half-time Southend finally managed to double their lead. Bridge picked out Payne on the left-hand side of the penalty area and he again made no mistake as he guided his seventh goal of the campaign into the bottom right-hand from eight yards.

Wimbledon however struck back after the interval in the 49th minute when they pulled a goal back when a Fayers corner fell into the path of Oakley to tap in from close range. 

Nine minute later and the Wombles were level from the penalty spot after Aaron Tathan tripped Oakley was tripped inside the box. 

Keeper Dominic Russo then had to be at his best to keep out Daley, pushing his shot onto the bar, before Craig slid a shot beyond the post as Blues held on for a point.

Southend United: Russo, Jeffery, Farrell, Edwards, Banton, Tatham, Agyakwa (Cotton 83), Coker, Williams (Kojo 77), Bridge (King 76), Payne. 

Subs not used: Snook.

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