Gorleston march on in FA Cup after dramatic finale in Southend
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Gorleston progressed to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup for the third time in the last seven seasons thanks to a late Jack Garrod goal.
Ricci Butler was without Connor Ingram so Jack Garrod started and Elliott Hannant was preferred to Jay Turner.
Gorleston settled quickes and Joel Watts had a good early chance while there was a shout for a penalty after Garrod appeared to be pushed from behind.
Taurean Molloy came to his side’s rescue when Bayley Newell was free in front of goal, with the Greens’ keeper managing to claw away the effort.
The Southend keeper Klinton Makayabo had to be alert to parry away a Watts shot before Southend’s Alfie Lindfield dragged a shot wide of the far post at the other end.
The Greens had had the better of the first half but fell behind three minutes into the second — from their own free-kick.
Kyle Ingram’s cross went straight into the keepers arms. He launched it quickly forward to Newell who lifted it over the advancing Molloy. Elliott Hannant got back to hook off the line but Michael Hopkins was following up to knock it in.
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Gorleston equalised 10 minutes later. This time Ingram’s free-kick was met at the near post by Garrod who flicked the ball through the keeper’s legs.
Four minutes after that the Greens were in front. Garrod’s run into the box was ended by a trip and the referee pointed to the spot, with Deeks making no mistake.
The hosts’ chances appeared to be over in the 75th minute when Lindfield was shown a straight red card after lashing out at Luke Goreham.
However, with three minutes remaining, Daniel Okah equalised with an acrobatic overhead kick. There was slight confusion as the linesman had flagged for offside but, after a quick chat, the referee gave the goal.
With the game looking to be heading for a replay, Gorleston pushed forward. Ingram’s deep free-kick was picked up by Jay Turner who drilled the ball hard and low across the face of goal where Garrod arrived with a diving header to net the winner.
Gorleston: T Molloy, L Goreham, R Hunn (A Kounnas 76), J Thompson, C Deeks (J Turner 90+4), A Taylor. K Ingram, E Hannant (I Burrage 81), J Garrod, J Watts, I Fatadjo.