Date: 27th July 2006 at 7:47pm
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POMPEY SLIP TO DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT

Southend 2 Pompey 1

Eastwood 1 Mornar 57 Bradbury 35

Pompey’s pre-season continued this evening with a full strength squad sent to Roots Hall, home of Championship newcomers Southend where they suffereda 2-1 defeat, former Pompey striker Lee Bradbury among the scorers. With the match only seconds old Noe Pamorot’s attempted pass to PedroMendes was intercepted, eventually finding its way to Freddy Eastwood tofind the net, beating Dean Kiely to put Southend one up.

After Luke Gutteridge had missed a guilt edged opportunity Pompey thoughtthey had drawn level when Sveotslav Todorav scored, but he was ruledoffside by a late flag. Pompey had further chances, Gary O’Neil andSvetoslav Todarov denied by Southend goalkeeper Daryl Flahavan (brother offormer Pompey ‘keeper Aaron, so tragically killed in a road accident 5years ago) before they did manage to beat him, Matty Taylor firing homeafter a scramble, only to again be denied by the lineman’s flag, with Todorov again said to be in an offside position.

With half time approaching Pompey fell further behind, through Lee Bradbury’s 35th minute header following a corner. Southend could have been three up just after half time, but Bradbury wasunable to beat Kiely’s replacement Jamie Ashdown. O’Neil forced anothersave from Flahavan, before Pompey found the net for the third time, thistime it was not disallowed. After only being on the pitch a matter ofminutes, following a foul on him in the first place, Ivica Mournar was in the right place at the right time to put in a rebound following Lomana LuaLua’s free kick which had hit the cross bar.

Bradbury could have scored once again but narrowly missed the target,before a fine save from Flahavan once again denied Taylor an equalizer,who then headed wide the last chance for a draw. Following last week’s victories over Torquay and Yeovil this will be adisappointment but a good work out nevertheless.

Next up Bournemouth away on Saturday, 3pm kick off. Dean Kiely (Jamie Ashdown 45)Glen Johnson Noe Pamarot (Linvoy Primus 55)Dejan Stefanovic (Andy O`Brien 55)Andy Griffin Gary O`Neil (Richard Hughes 71)Pedro Mendes (Ivica Mornar 55)Sean Davis Matthew Taylor Lomana LuaLua Svetoslav Todorov (‘Trialist’, codename: Berlin 65)

By Rug