KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Charlie Kelman put in a man of the match performance as he scored both goals to help Southend United advance from the first round of the EFL Cup.
Stevenage 1-2 Southend United
Charlie Kelman has played sparringly so far in the League One season, but shined as he got his first start of season and scored both goals in the process to help Southend United beat Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.
The Shrimpers found themselves down a goal 14 minutes into the contest when Stevenage's Dean Parrett finished off a left-footed strike very well to set the tone of the game.
However the visitors their way back into the game in the second half and had to thank Kelman for being on top of his game to secure the win.
The English-American leveled the score in the 47th minute when he met teammate Elvis Bwomono's cross from the right side with a powerful header that goalkeeper Paul Farman was too late to save.
Kelman was not done as he scored the eventual game-winner in the 55th minute. Nathan Ralph teed up the 18-year-old to smash a right-footed shot into the back of the net.
It was a good performance by the teenager as he looks to earn more playing time.
Southend head into the second round where they will face Milton Keynes Dons.
In other EFL Cup action, Cameron Carter-Vickers played his first game for Stoke City since his loan move from Tottenham as they knocked out Wigan Athletic witha 1-0 win.
Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as they beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 to head to the second round.
Giles Phillips started for Wycombe Wanderers while Matt Miazga watched all the action from the bench for Reading as the Royals won on penalties after a 1-1 tie.
Matthew Olosunde started for Rotherham United as they romped to a 4-0 win over Shrewsbury Town.
Jordan Adebayo-Smith watched from the bench as Lincoln City shocked Huddersfield Town in a 1-0 victory.