The FA Cup - Second Round
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Millwall 5-2 Braintree Town

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FA Cup: Millwall 5-2 Braintree highlights

Harry Smith netted a hat-trick for Millwall as they avoided an FA Cup upset by beating Braintree to reach the third round.

Strikes from Shane Ferguson and Aiden O'Brien added to Smith's treble - but goals from Braintree's Michael Cheek and Jack Midson ensured it was not a straightforward victory for the hosts.

Braintree took an unlikely lead after 16 minutes when Cheek barged through the defence and fired past Jordan Archer from 20 yards.

But a minute later Millwall were level as Lee Gregory raced into the box to square for Smith, who gratefully poked home from six yards.

Smith squeezed in a volley at the back post to grab his second, before Ferguson drilled a low effort into the far corner in the 25th minute.

The visitors pulled one back through Midson when he pounced on Byron Webster's slip and broke through to curl past Archer at the near post.

But Smith completed his hat-trick with a tap-in before O'Brien scored late on to seal Millwall's progress.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 17WebsterBooked at 35mins
  • 15NelsonSubstituted forCraigat 65'minutes
  • 3Martin
  • 7Worrall
  • 6Williams
  • 16Butcher
  • 18Ferguson
  • 30SmithSubstituted forO'Brienat 78'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forOnyedinmaat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cummings
  • 5Craig
  • 8Thompson
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 22O'Brien
  • 26Abdou
  • 31King

Braintree

  • 22Beasant
  • 27ClohessyBooked at 16mins
  • 5GayleBooked at 60minsSubstituted forBarnardat 84'minutes
  • 19Jules
  • 3Okimo
  • 26PattersonSubstituted forMatthewsat 63'minutes
  • 8IsaacSubstituted forMaybanksat 89'minutes
  • 4Lee
  • 10Akinola
  • 23Cheek
  • 7Midson

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 9Barnard
  • 12Maybanks
  • 15Matthews
  • 17Hall-Johnson
  • 20Corne
  • 21Strizovic
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
3,345

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 5, Braintree Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 5, Braintree Town 2.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 5, Braintree Town 2. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fred Onyedinma.

Foul by Fred Onyedinma (Millwall).

Jack Midson (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Butcher (Millwall).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Maybanks (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Maybanks replaces Chez Isaac.

Attempt missed. Lee Barnard (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Lee Gregory.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Ian Gayle because of an injury.

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zak Jules (Braintree Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ian Gayle (Braintree Town) because of an injury.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Lee (Braintree Town).

Attempt saved. Jack Midson (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Braintree Town. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Harry Smith.

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Lee (Braintree Town).

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Harry Smith (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Zak Jules.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ian Gayle (Braintree Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tony Craig replaces Sid Nelson.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sam Matthews replaces Monty Patterson.

Attempt missed. Harry Smith (Millwall) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner.

Booking

Ian Gayle (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Gayle (Braintree Town).

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