Barry Corr's free-kick earns Blues a 1-0 pre-season win
Southend United secured a 1-0 victory in their final pre season friendly against a West Ham XI at Roots Hall this evening.
Barry Corr gave Blues the win with the only goal of the game coming in the 42nd minute with a free-kick which was way out of reach for Raphael Spiegel.
The game was tightly contested in the opening stages with Southend pressing the young West Ham side.
With eight minutes on the clock Corr had the first real chance of the game, turning well 25 yards out before taking aim and firing a superb effort at goal which Spiegel done well to tip over.
Blues continued to press with Julian Bennett trying his luck with a left footed effort which drifted wide of the right hand post.
The away side hit back with Elliot Lee dragging his strike wide of the target from 20 yards after ghosting past the Southend defence.
Lee threatened the Blues goal once again, controlling a clearance before volleying inches over the bar with Daniel Bentley rooted to the spot.
West Ham United’s Lee must’ve been cursing his luck in the opening stages with the attacking midfielder seeing his effort blocked by Chris Barker’s last gasp challenge in the 18th minute with the ball looking destined for the net.
Minutes later Bentley pulled off an excellent save with his legs denying George Moncur from 12 yards out.
Southend came back into the game just after the half hour mark with Michael Timlin showing quick feet in the middle of the park to skip past the Hammers’ midfield before driving a speculative effort at goal which Spiegel parried.
With 42 minutes on the clock Blues took the lead through a superbly placed free kick from Corr.
Timlin was fouled on the edge of the box by Pelly Ruddock which gave the Irish striker the opportunity from 20 yards which he took, curling the ball past the helpless Spiegel.
The away side came out of the blocks in the second half with Blair Turgott cutting in from the right before seeing his left footed effort tipped over by the outstretched arm of Bentley in goal for the Blues.
West Ham missed a golden opportunity on the hour mark with Kieran Sadlier lashing a strike over the bar from eight yards after Lee cushioned the ball down for the on rushing midfielder.
Southend responded well with Ryan Auger delivering a whipped cross from the right which Corr headed wide on the back foot in the 70th minute as the game lost a bit of pace.
Jack Payne continued to impress for Blues with a strike inside the area which Spiegel was equal to, saving well to his left.
The away side thought they had equalised in the 84th minute with substitute Sean Maguire slotting the ball into an empty net after rounding Bentley inside the six yard area only to be denied by the linesman’s flag for offside.
The Hammers were unable to find a way back into the game with Southend United’s resolute defending securing the win with the Football League season beginning in a matter of days.
Now for the serious stuff.