The FA Cup - First Round
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Southend United 1-2 Chester

Ben Heneghan and Craig Mahon got the goals at Roots Hall as Conference side Chester produced the FA Cup first-round shock of the day by beating Phil Brown's Southend United.

Heneghan's early near-post header from Peter Winn's free-kick made it 1-0.

Southend equalised when Barry Corr's penalty found the bottom corner after John Rooney had fouled John White.

Burr works his FA Cup magic
Chester manager Steve Burr led Kidderminster Harriers to the third round of the FA Cup last season. He was sacked three days after Harriers drew 0-0 with League One side Peterborough United. Harriers went on to win the replay, before losing in the fourth round at Premier League side Sunderland.

But winger Mahon won it on 51 minutes when he cut in off the right flank to fire home from the edge of the area.

Mahon's stunning left-foot shot earned Steve Burr's Chester a place in Monday night's televised second round draw for the first time in eight years.

It is a level of the competition the reformed club have not reached since a team including Everton boss Roberto Martinez and Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters reached the third round in January 2007.

Chester maintain their Roots haul
Chester won 4-0 at Southend in the FA Cup fourth round tie in January 1977, thanks to an Ian Edwards hat-trick and one from Ian Howat. City went out at the next stage, in round five, 1-0 to Wolves at Molineux - still the furthest they have reached in the competition.

But Chester, 14th in the Conference, were good value for their victory against the Shrimpers, who stand seventh in League Two.

Burr's men, in fact, could have won by more, but Southend keeper Daniel Bentley made a good first-half save to deny Craig Hobson's low 18-yard shot and Rooney, younger brother of Manchester United and England captain Wayne, had an effort cleared off the line by Gary Deegan.

Line-ups

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 2WhiteBooked at 35mins
  • 35SokolikBooked at 28mins
  • 6Prosser
  • 23Binnom-WilliamsBooked at 55mins
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forHurstat 60'minutes
  • 18Leonard
  • 22DeeganSubstituted forCoulthirstat 60'minutes
  • 8TimlinBooked at 82mins
  • 10CorrSubstituted forPayneat 71'minutes
  • 11Weston

Substitutes

  • 12Atkinson
  • 13Smith
  • 14Hurst
  • 15Bolger
  • 16Clifford
  • 17Coulthirst
  • 19Payne

Chester

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2HeneghanBooked at 84mins
  • 5Brown
  • 6Charnock
  • 3Roberts
  • 7MahonSubstituted forMenaghat 86'minutes
  • 8James
  • 10RooneyBooked at 30mins
  • 11WinnSubstituted forTourayat 67'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 4McConville
  • 9HobsonBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 12Menagh
  • 13Roberts
  • 14Greenop
  • 15Touray
  • 16Riley
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Disney
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
4,047

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamChester
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 1, Chester FC 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Chester FC 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Craig Hobson.

  5. Booking

    Ibou Touray (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Jamie Menagh (Chester FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke Prosser (Southend United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Menagh replaces Craig Mahon.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Kieran Charnock.

  10. Booking

    Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Michael Timlin (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

  16. Post update

    Sean McConville (Chester FC) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

  18. Post update

    Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack Payne (Southend United).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.