Southend United fell to a 3-1 defeat to Ipswich Town at Portman Road with Callum Powell getting Blues’ consolation strike against the League One side.
The Tractor Boys took the lead with one of their first attacks of the evening. After Cav Miley committed a foul wide on the Ipswich right, Sone Aluko fired in the free-kick towards the near-post that was flicked beyond Steve Arnold by Tyreece John-Jules in just the seventh minute.
Blues struggled to get a foothold in the game and had to contend with the dangerous Kyle Edwards who created a good chance for Aluko, whose effort was deflected just wide, before Edwards forced Arnold into a smart reaction save after cutting onto his left and firing low.
Arnold again was needed to prevent John-Jules from scoring a second after the ball fell to the Arsenal-loanee inside the area, only for Southend’s number one to tip his shot wide. Arnold then needed two bites of the cherry to claim a low strike from Edwards who’d fired in low from distance.
Despite seeing little of the ball, Kevin Maher’s side continued to battle hard and created a couple of half-chances with Dan Mooney racing into the box only to be thwarted by a last-ditch challenge, while Nathan Ralph had a penalty shout waved away after being brought down by Corrie Ndaba.
Maher changed his entire 11 at the break and within 15 minutes of the restart, sub-goalie Collin Andeng Ndi had been beaten as Edwards broke down the right, playing the ball across to the unmarked Greg Leigh to fire in from 10-yards out.
Blues responded well to the set-back and after Callum Powell and Jack Wood both tested Vaclav Hladky’s handling with efforts on goal, Southend got one back after Chris Wreh’s clipped ball over the top was brought down expertly by Powell who then found the bottom corner.
The goal brought about eight changes from Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna and while his side were settling in Powell almost crashed home an equaliser, cutting in onto his right before seeing his curling effort tipped onto the post by former Southend-loanee Christian Walton.
But it was another former Blue that rounded off the scoring as Freddie Ladapo – recently signed from Rotherham – nodded in Ipswich’s third of the night, getting on the end of a Wes Burns cross from the right wing to ensure a second defeat of pre-season for Southend.
Ipswich Town XI: Hladky (Walton 78’), John-Jules (Ladapo 68’), Leigh (Morsy 78’), Harper (Woolfenden 78’), Ndaba (Penney 78’), Jackson (Chirewa 46’) (Harness 68’), Edwards (Evans 78’), Aluko (C) (Chaplin 68’), Vincent-Young (Donacien 78’), Burgess (Edmundson 78’), Humphreys (Burns 78’). Subs Not Used: None
Blues XI: Arnold (Andeng Ndi 46’), Ralph (C) (Crowhurst 46’), Hobson (Reeve 46’), Kensdale (Davis 46’), Bridge (Fonguck 46’), Husin (Coker 46’), Dalby (Wreh 46’), Clifford (Powell 46’), Taylor (Demetriou 46’), Miley (Wood 46’), Mooney (Benton 46’). Subs Not Used: None
Ipswich Town: Tyreece John-Jules 7’, Greg Leigh 58’, Freddie Ladapo 88’
Southend United: Callum Powell 77’