Essex Senior Cup
Aveley 2 v 1 Southend Utd
AVELEY will be hoping it’s third time lucky after progressing to the Essex Senior Cup final with a surprise win over Southend on Monday evening.
Millers hit the Npower League Two visitors from the off with two goals in the opening 16 minutes.
The first came when Sherwin Stanley held off the strong challenge of Adetayo Osifuwa before finding strike partner Tamer Tuna, who rounded keeper Glenn Morris and fire the home side in front.
The recent improvement showed by Carl Griffiths’ men continued and a well-worked build-up involved four Millers players before Orlando Smith laid it back to Andy Howell, whose curling effort nestled into the back of the net.
Stanley should have netted a third when Tony Russell’s blocked clearance found the striker unmarked and he raced clear of the defence only to shoot straight at the oncoming Morris.
A rare defensive mistake from Aveley got the Shrimpers back into the match 10 minutes before the break.
Keeper Dave McCartney came out to try and take a free kick ball delivered into the box but missed it and after the ball had been put back into the box Kyle Asante nodded the ball into an empty net.
The second period wasn’t as high in drama as had gone before, with the Ryman premier hosts enjoying plenty of possession, only to lack the killer instinct in front of goal.
The home side had to endure a few nervous moments towards the end but kept their cool and made their third final in 10 years, only now they’ll be hoping for a better result than the last two. A 5-0 loss to Chelmsford City in 2002/03 and 3-1 to Thurrock a year later.