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FA Youth Cup: Southend United 6-0 Leverstock Green

11 November 2014

Blues turn on the style to record a comprehensive win against Leverstock Green at Roots Hall.

Southend United U18s sealed their place in the second round of the FA Youth Cup with a terrific win against Leverstock Green at Roots Hall.

Three goals in each half helped Ricky Duncan's side through to the next round, where the young Blues will face Barnet at Roots Hall in a tie where the date is yet to be announced.

It was an end-to-end start, with both sides having spells of possession. Inside the opening ten minutes, Leverstock's Luke Warner-Eley had the best chance, but his audacious attempt to lob Josh Bexon cleared the crossbar.

Just moments before the 20 minute mark, Blues took the lead. A wicked in-swinging corner from the left boot of Nico Cotton found the towering skipper Ross Johnson at the back post and the midfielder headed home past Mark Berg in the Leverstock goal.

It was 2-0 just moments later, as George Burton picked up the ball and fired past a helpless Berg from the edge of the box. A quick-fire double for Duncan's side.

And Blues nearly grabbed a third a minute later, but this time, Berg kept hold of Freddie Gard's bicycle kick from inside the box.

Just before the half an hour mark, Bexon pulled off a tremendous double save, first stopping a header from point blank range before stopping the follow up effort from Alex Gilbert, before the danger was cleared.

Leverstock got even closer just a couple of minutes later through Alfie Boswell, whose 30 yard effort almost deceived Bexon but the ball cannoned off the upright and away to safety.

Seven minutes before the break and Burton had his second goal of the evening. The striker pounced on a mistake in the Leverstock backline to open his body up and calmly slot past Berg and into the bottom corner of the net.

After the break, Blues made a bid to add a fourth goal as soon as possible. Gard's weaving run resulted in his shot being deflected just wide for a corner kick, before Cotton fired the well worked corner just over the bar.

Just before the hour mark, Blues added a fourth to their night's tally. After Burton – who was on a hat-trick – saw his effort from just inside the box tipped onto the post, Macauley Keating was on hand to simply tap home.

Soon after and it was 5-0. This time, the impressive Gard got himself on the scoresheet, tucking home from another terrific cross from Scott.

Goal number six came with 15 minutes left to play. More good wingplay saw a ball into the box cause havoc for the visiting defence and defender Sonny Coutts was lurking to poke the ball home.

Burton – still searching for the elusive hat-trick – saw an effort end up on the top of the net before Berg parried a powerful attempt. 

At the other end, the tireless Warner-Eley attempted to curl the ball past Bexon to no avail, and that was to be the last real action of the game as Blues ran out comfortable winners under the watchful gaze of the first team management staff and players.

Blues: Bexon, Williams, Adeyeye, Johnson (c), Matsuzaka, Coutts, Scott, Keating (Bedford, 70), Burton, Gard (Batlokwa, 74), Cotton

Unused subs: Macree, Salami, Wabo, Batlokwa

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