Match winner Ryan Cresswell gave his sister the perfect send-off with his goal against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old headed home deep into stoppage time to book Southend United’s place in round two of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 2-1 win.
And it proved the ideal parting gift ahead of his siblings’ 12-month exile.
“My sister is going to live in Australia for the next year so that goal was a send off for her,” Cresswell told the official website.
“I wanted to do something for her so to get the winner was brilliant.
“I know she will keep in touch with the matches from afar so hopefully I can get a few more to make her smile.”
Cresswell’s winner came after the centre-back was pushed forward into attack in the closing stages of the match.
It was a similar scenario 10 days ago when he snatched a last gasp equaliser at Northampton Town, although this time the former Rotherham United player admitted it felt sweeter to bag the winner.
“It is a good tactic by the gaffer and it is working,” he said. “There’s a big feel good factor to score the winner in the last minute and the lads are buzzing off it.
“I tried to read Neil’s (Harris) cross before but it went over my head so I asked him to hang the next one up and in the end the keeper had no chance with it.”
And after failing to win any of the Blues opening three matches, Southend United now find themselves undefeated in the same number of games, much to Cresswell’s delight.
“We had a slow start in terms of results but if you analyze the games we should have got results,” he admitted.
“That is behind us now and we must push on from this. Yes it is great to be in the next round but we look to the League and three points now.
“We spoke about making Roots Hall a fortress and we have to scare other teams from coming here.”