Report: Southend United 2-3 Exeter City
Southend United suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Exeter City after conceding two late goals at Roots Hall this afternoon.
The away side went ahead inside the opening 10 minutes through Jimmy Keohane before two Mark Phillips headers gave Southend the advantage at the break.
It looked like Southend had secured victory until the final 10 minutes with Liam Sercombe and substitute Eliott Richards snatching all three points for the away side.
Exeter took the lead in surprise fashion with only 10 minutes on the clock after Keohane slotted the ball past Daniel Bentley confidently.
Bentley's clearance was headed back towards goal by Arron Davies on the left which gave Keohane a clear sight of goal as he curled it into the bottom corner from inside the box.
Blues equalised instantly through Phillips' header which he guided excellently into the corner of the goal giving Christy Pym no chance.
Coker delivered a free-kick from the right which found the defender who rose the highest sending the ball into the opposite corner through a number of bodies.
The game continued to be stretched and Keohane nearly got his second of the game after John O'Flynn's superb delivery found the midfielder who saw his header superbly saved by the feet of Bentley.
Southend took the lead in this frantic opening after 22 minutes through Phillips' header, the defender got his second of the game from another set piece.
Kevan Hurst's drilled corner into the box found the defender who used steered another header past Pym in goal for City who was making his League debut for the club.
Exeter nearly equalised on the half hour mark after Southend failed to clear the ball and Keohane tried his luck once again with Bentley tipping the ball round the post.
Blues went in at half time with the lead but that was nearly cancelled out with only two minutes of the second half gone after Sercombe's effort took a wicket deflection before going inches wide of the left hand post with Bentley stranded.
Southend pushed forward and Corr was nearly gifted a goal after Pym's clearance fell straight to the striker who shot at an empty goal from an acute angle with the ball just missing the target.
Sercombe once again tried his luck in 65th minute with a delicate chip which had Bentley scurrying back to his goal line before tipping the ball over for a corner as Exeter looked for a way back into the game.
Bedsente Gomis came on to make his debut for Southend and after being on the pitch for less than a minute the midfielder nearly scored with his first touch as he attempted to divert Will Atkinson's effort towards goal just missing the target.
With 82 minutes gone Exeter found an equaliser through Sercombe after the midfielder unleashed a drive which flew into the top corner of the net giving Bentley no chance.
The midfielder took a short corner before receiving the ball back on the edge of the box before a superb right footed effort found the goal as it snuck in just below the crossbar much to the away fans delight.
Blues continued to push forward and debutant Jason Williams nearly scored after a bursting run forward from his own half gave the striker a chance at goal which Pym saved well.
Southend received a hammer blow in the 87th minute after Exeter snatched a late goal through substitute Richards.
The midfielder somehow got past two Southend players before firing low past Bentley in goal with Blues players looking deflated as Exeter celebrated widely.
Blues were unable to find a way back into the game as Exeter managed to claim all three points for the away side.
Southend United - Bentley, White, Thompson, Phillips, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Timlin (Williams 85) Hurst, Barnard (Gomis 69), Corr (Eastwood 77) (subs) Smith, Laird, Eastwood, Straker, Payne, Williams, Gomis
Exeter City - Pym, Butterfield, Woodman, Bennett, Coles, Sercombe, Oakley (Wheeler 73) , Davies, O'Flynn (Nichols 84) Keohane (Richards 70) Grimes (subs) Krysiak, Richards, Moore-Taylor, Dawson, Nichols, Parkin, Wheeler