Football League Youth Alliance Cup 3rd Round
Asante damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in a reserve match against Ipswich Town in February 2010, having made his first-team debut earlier in the season at Gillingham in the FA Cup, but he began the road back to full fitness with a half-hour run-out at Moulton Agricultural College.
Konstantinou wasted a fine opportunity to get his team back on level terms when he latched onto a long ball over the top of the Blues defence, skewing a right-footed shot off target, and his strike partner found himself thwarted by Chambers when his attempted lob was clutched by the back-peddling shotstopper.
Chambers made another excellent save, this time with his legs, to maintain the two-goal advantage, and Smith added to it late on when he became the beneficiary of Asante's square pass after Okai had supplied the forward with a threaded through-ball.
Southend United: Luke Chambers, Ryan Auger, Teddy Nesbitt, James Stevens, Louis Baucutt, Anthony Furlonge, Marcus Milner (Lyle Della-Verde 6), Alex Woodyard (Michael Hyland 75), Duane Ofori-Acheampong (Kyle Asante 62), George Smith, Julian Okai.
Substitute not used: Jack Paxman.
Goals: Ofori-Acheampong (13), Asante (82), Smith (90+2).
A reaction from the young Cobblers coach Sean Parrish who, not surprisingly, felt the 3-0 result was an unfair reflection on the balance of play.
Parrish told www.ntfc.co.uk: "Despite the scoreline I was generally pleased with our performance and some of the players who came in really impressed me. I changed things around a bit to give a few of the under-16's a go and they came in and did really well. We conceded early on but we kicked on after that and we played some neat stuff without really threatening the Southend goal. The second goal was a poor one to concede and that killed the game really but the young team we had out did well and they have definitely given me food for thought."
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