Southend secure superb Boxing Day victorySouthend United gave 2268 travelling fans a late Christmas present after a superb 2-0 Boxing Day victory against Colchester United at the West Homes Community Stadium.
After a nervy first half, the away side in their luminous yellow kit came out firing on all cylinders with goals from John White and David Mooney securing the win.
Darren Ambrose had the first clear cut chance for the home team after six minutes following clever play in the middle of the park gave the midfielder a sight at goal but his left footed effort went wide of the mark.
Minutes later the home side had another chance after George Moncur played in Chris Porter who was denied by superb goalkeeping from Daniel Bentley, denying the striker at his feet.
Southend came back into the game with Mooney’s left footed effort deflecting onto the top of the bar from 20 yards out.
The U’s were not on the back foot for long though with Moncur stinging the gloves of Bentley from long range before the stopper managed to smother the ball.
It was Moncur again who was causing Southend problems with the attacking midfielder scuffing an effort straight at Bentley with the whole goal to aim at.
The away side got back into the game with Adam Barrett nearly finding the net twice in a matter of seconds with the Colchester defence managing to clear both efforts.
Former U’s striker Mooney was in the thick of the action, nearly pouncing on a Ryan Leonard’s long throw but the Irish striker was inches away from connecting to the ball.
Moments later there was another scramble in the box with Noel Hunt flicking on a cross at the front post before Callum Harriott hooked the ball away to safety.
Both teams went into the break with the scores level but it was Southend who started the second half the better side.
With only four minutes of the second half played the away end at the Weston Homes Community Stadium was sent into raptures after a superb strike from White gave Southend the lead.
Barrett battled hard in the area before playing the ball out to Captain White who happily accepted the pass and lashed a great right footed effort into the corner of the goal past the helpless Parish.
The away side were celebrating once again with 55 minutes gone only for the linesman’s flag to end them early.
Payne played Mooney in and after the striker calmly curled the ball home from 18 yards the linesman adjudged the striker was in front of the U’s defence.
With 73 minutes on the clock the striker did get the goal he was looking for after slotting the ball into an empty net.
George Elokobi lost the ball at the back for Colchester and his quick thinking played in Mooney with the striker turning two defenders and keeper in one move before doubling the lead.
Southend United kept their nerve in the remaining minutes to secure an excellent Boxing Day derby victory against Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.