Blues ended their pre-season with a 2-2 draw against non-league side Leyton Orient at the Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday...
Chris Powell’s side began the brighter of the two teams and went close early on when Stephen McLaughlin slid in Theo Robinson but the Southend striker couldn’t find a way through with his strike as it deflected wide for a corner.
It wasn’t much longer though before the visitors did break through and in superb style as a slick passing move by Blues broke down, Jason Demetriou received the loose ball and let fly from 20-yards out, finding the top corner to open the scoring against his former club.
Both sides made two changes at the break with Mark Oxley being replaced by Nathan Bishop and the young goalkeeper’s first job was to pick the ball out of the back of the net as Leyton Orient equalised from the penalty spot.
Southend did regain the lead just after the hour mark after Simon Cox – the second of Blues’ half-time changes – was desperately unlucky to see his lob beat Brill but come off the crossbar before Hopper was in the right place at the right time to head the ball into the empty net.
That lead though only lasted 15 minutes as Alabi managed to get away from the reaches of Michael Turner before expertly slotting the ball home from the edge of the area as the non-league side levelled for the second time in the game and secured a draw against their League One opponents.