Oxford Utd 0-2 Southend- Report
Report of match 28th April 2012
Oxford Utd 0-2 Southend- Report.
Shrimpers keep promotion hopes alive
Southend boosted their hopes of automatic promotion with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Oxford, whose play-off chances were dealt a blow at the Kassam Stadium.
Ryan Hall fired the Shrimpers in front with a 25-yard free-kick after 19 minutes.
Michael Duberry blocked Neil Harris' run, which earned the defender a yellow card, and Hall drove the free-kick over the head of the U's 19-year-old stand-in goalkeeper Connor Ripley, who had joined from Middlesbrough on an emergency loan.
Paul Sturrock's men doubled their lead on the half hour as Bilel Mohsni headed in Peter Gilbert's cross, giving debutant Ripley no chance as he directed the effort superbly into the bottom corner.
Only a fine saving clearance off his own line by Duberry from Harris prevented Oxford going three down before half-time.
Chris Wilder's team had begun the match well, with Jon-Paul Pittman lively and Dean Morgan forcing Cameron Belford to save well.
Pittman had a header saved and in the second half substitute Cristian Montano had strong appeals for a penalty turned down after he went down in the box from Harris's challenge.
Southend almost grabbed a third near the end when Mohsni headed wide at the far post.
|Competition: npower League Two Date: Saturday, 28th April 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Kassam Stadium|
||0 - 2||Southend Utd.
|16||Andrew Whing (Montano 75)|
|8||Simon Heslop (Chapman 46)|
|18||Dean Morgan (Craddock 57)|
|29||Tom Craddock (Morgan 57)|
|27||Cristian Montano (Whing 75)|
|7||Adam Chapman (Heslop 46)|
|Oxford Utd. cards shown|
|17 mins||Jake Wright||Unsporting behaviour|
|18 mins||Michael Duberry||Unsporting behaviour|
|Southend Utd. cards shown|
|24 mins||Mark Phillips||Unsporting behaviour|