March 12, 2013
Dons earn vital victory
AFC Wimbledon came from a goal down to record their first ever win against Southend, beating the Shrimpers 3-1 at Roots Hall.
The Dons had been beaten in all four previous meetings against Paul Sturrock's side and that looked like becoming five when Southend skipper Sean Clohessy fired the hosts in front from the penalty spot in the 29th minute after Pim Balkestein had handled Kevan Hurst's right wing corner.
But Balkestein made amends for his error just three minutes later when he rose high to head Sammy Moore's corner in to the top left-hand corner of the net from six yards.
After that the Dons dominated proceedings and went in front in the 47th minute when Gary Alexander's right-wing cross picked out former Southend loanee Jack Midson, who headed home at the near post from close range.
The visitors then made sure of their win in the 70th minute when substitute Luke Moore scored with his first touch, sending a low, left-footed shot in to the bottom right-hand corner of the net from 20 yards.
|Southend United||AFC Wimbledon|
|1 Paul Smith||22 John Sullivan|
|16 Luke Prosser||39 Alan Bennett|
|2 Sean Clohessy||25 Kelly Youga|
|4 Michael Spillane||5 Pim Balkestein|
|3 Anthony Straker||6 Mat Mitchell-King|
|6 Ryan Cresswell||31 Jonathan Meades|
|18 Ryan Leonard||8 Sammy Moore|
|28 Bilel Mohsni||12 Harry Pell|
|14 Kevan Hurst||16 Kevin Sainte-Luce|
|12 Matthew Lund||28 Gary Alexander|
|20 Britt Assombalonga||9 Brennan Dickenson|
|17 Daniel Bentley||Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz 33|
|19 John Spicer||Warren Cummings 3|
|30 Alex Woodyard||Stacy Long 7|
|9 Neil Harris||Rashid Yussuff 23|
|7 Freddy Eastwood||Jack Midson 10|
|10 Barry Corr||Luke Moore 11|
|Jessie Darco 14|
|Neil Harris for Ryan Leonard (46)||Jack Midson for Pim Balkestein (45)|
|Barry Corr for Michael Spillane (64)||Jessie Darco for Kevin Sainte-Luce (67)|
|John Spicer for Anthony Straker (71)||Luke Moore for Brennan Dickenson (67)|
|Luke Prosser (90)||Jonathan Meades (24)|
|Kelly Youga (26)|
|Sammy Moore (75)|
|· Squads: Southend United | AFC Wimbledon|