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Southend United 0-4 Harrogate Town

Jack Muldoon scored twice as Harrogate started life in the English Football League with a convincing victory at Southend.

Harrogate, who were promoted via the National League play-offs, broke the deadlock after 23 minutes when Aaron Martin diverted George Thomson's right-wing cross into the path of Muldoon, who fired home from 12 yards.

Town remained in control at Roots Hall and doubled their lead just before the break through Lloyd Kerry's powerful long-range effort, with Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley only able to help the ball on its way.

After the break, Shrimpers striker Charlie Kelman had a header saved by Harrogate goalkeeper Joe Cracknell before an inviting left-wing cross from Lewis Gard bounced back off the right post.

However, Harrogate hit back and made it 3-0 on the hour mark, Martin with a sharply taken shot on the turn, and the visitors completed the scoring in the 69th minute with a curling effort from Muldoon to make it a miserable first game in charge for Southend boss Mark Molesley.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Bwomono
  • 5Hobson
  • 22TaylorBooked at 7mins
  • 3RalphSubstituted forKyprianouat 63'minutes
  • 15GardSubstituted forPhillipsat 79'minutes
  • 17HutchinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 11EgbriSubstituted forKinaliat 74'minutes
  • 10Goodship
  • 7Green
  • 23Kelman

Substitutes

  • 13Seaden
  • 16Phillips
  • 19Kinali
  • 21Rush
  • 27Kyprianou
  • 30Mitchell-Nelson

Harrogate

  • 13Cracknell
  • 2Fallowfield
  • 5Smith
  • 20Hall
  • 6Burrell
  • 7Thomson
  • 4Falkingham
  • 17Kerry
  • 18Muldoon
  • 9BeckSubstituted forSteadat 59'minutes
  • 10MartinBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stead
  • 23Walker
  • 25Minter
  • 26Lokko
Referee:
Antony Coggins

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southend United 0, Harrogate Town 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southend United 0, Harrogate Town 4.

  3. Booking

    Isaac Hutchinson (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Josh Falkingham (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Hutchinson (Southend United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Green (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Phillips.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Harrogate Town. Josh Falkingham tries a through ball, but Jack Muldoon is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Walker (Harrogate Town).

  9. Post update

    Harry Phillips (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Thomson (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jon Stead (Harrogate Town).

  12. Post update

    Harry Kyprianou (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Walker (Harrogate Town).

  15. Post update

    Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Harry Phillips replaces Lewis Gard.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jon Stead (Harrogate Town).

  18. Post update

    Shaun Hobson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Tom Walker replaces Aaron Martin.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Eren Kinali replaces Terrell Egbri.