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MILLWALL’s Mahlon Romeo bagged a late winning goal to condemn Southend United to their third first round FA Cup defeat in succession.
The Shrimpers more than matched their hosts for most of the game but were undone two minutes from time when Romeo netted a powerful effort from 12 yards.
MAHLON Romeo’s late goal put pay to Southend United’s FA Cup ambitions for another season as Millwall earned a 1-0 victory from this keenly contested clash at the Den.
With time running out the home side grabbed a vital advantage. Mahlon Romeo cut in from the right after exchanging passes with Worrall, before dispatching a crisp low strike beyond Oxley, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Millwall won the opening FA Cup first-round tie of the season as Mahlon Romeo's late strike saw off League One rivals Southend at the Den.
After an even first half, Southend almost scored with the first shot on target when Anthony Wordsworth's effort was cleared off the line.
The game looked to be heading towards a replay before Lions defender Romeo stabbed in the dramatic winner.
Mahlon Romeo picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season with a dramatic late winner to book Millwall's place in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round.
In a physical encounter, Romeo's superb 88th-minute finish finally settled a tie that saw both striker Steve Morison and midfielder Ben Thompson forced off injured by the time the second-half had got underway.
LONDON NEWS ONLINE:
Mahlon Romeo’s second goal for Millwall saw them secure a 1-0 win over Southend United to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup.
The right-back raced onto a perfectly-weighted flick from former Shrimpers winger David Worrall to spank the ball first time beyond Mark Oxley in the 88th minute.