Blues youngsters come up short against Scunthorpe

Southend United U23 v Scunthorpe United U23 – Roots Hall Stadium – Premier League Cup, Second Round Qualifier

Southend United U23 1-3 Scunthorpe United U23

SOUTHEND UNITED’S under 23 team has missed out on a place in the Premier League Cup, group stages after slipping to defeat against their Scunthorpe United counterparts at Roots Hall Stadium.

Having already seen off Fleetwood Town, Southend had hoped to progress further, setting up clashes with Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City. However, against a well-organised Iron outfit, the blues initially struggled.

Indeed, the home side very much played second fiddle during the opening period. However, despite their dominance, Scunthorpe’s advantage at the halfway point was limited to a spectacular third-minute scissor kick from John McAtee, this after Tom Pugh had created an opportunity.

Blues – under the guidance of former Colchester United man, Craig Fagan, for the first time – clearly returned for the second half with a flea in their ear. But they suffered another blow when striker, Emile Acquah, clashed with Pugh – the Southend man worryingly lying prostrate and receiving treatment for sometime before departing the scene on a stretcher.

Nevertheless, Southend had upped their game. Impressive substitute, Jon Benton combine with Erin Kinali, fashioning an opening which saw Matthew Rush bundle home from close range to level the contest.

But Southend’s notable improvement didn’t yield further goals. The earlier injury to Acquah led to fourteen minutes stoppage time, in which Scunthorpe seized their chance.

Firstly, Adam Hammill fired a low, angled effort beyond Blues stopper, Harry Seaden to reestablish the visitors lead. Then, Hammill netted emphatically from the penalty spot to confirm Scunthorpe’s victory – this after Richard Taylor had produced a clumsy challenge on Harry Jessop.

Southend United U23: Harry Seaden, Rob Howard, Tom Clifford, Zak Pianim, Richard Taylor, Miles Mitchell-Nelson, Terrell Egbri, O’Shane Stewart (Freddy Eastwood 77’), Emile Acquah (Jon Benton 55’), Matt Rush, Erin Kinali Subs not used: Jamie Grossart, Bobby Unwin, Ide Osimeh

Scunthorpe United U23: Tom Collins, James Horsfield, Lewis Butroid (Yasin Ben-El-Mhanni 86’), George Hornshaw, Jai Rowe, Jacob Bedeau, Mason O’Malley (Capt), Tom Pugh, Reon Potts (Harry Jessop 86’), John McAtee, Adam Hammill (Joe Cummings 90+13’) Subs not used: Adam Kelsey, Cam Wilson

Referee: Ian Fissenden

Brian Jeeves

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