It was Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy action again on Wednesday evening at Southchurch Park as Southend Manor hosted FC Romania in a First Round tie.
The hosts suffered a blow after just six minutes when Barlow limped off with an injury but his replacement Zamani soon had the first effort on target when striking a decent effort from range but the visitors keeper Bordeanu saved.
In the 11th minute Bogos got into a decent position for the visitors but saw him slice his effort wide of the near post and six minutes later down the other end Newell found himself free inside the FCR box but his cross found a defender who cleared the danger.
Just before the half hour mark came an interesting moment when visiting keeper Bordeanu came out of his area and collided with an attacker, leaving the keeper winded and in considerable discomfort for a few moments, however once he had recovered the referee showed him a yellow card. The resultant free kick from Zamani though was blocked.
Ten minutes before the break Skeels struck a shot from miles out which whistled just over the visitors goal, and with two minutes of the half remaining the hosts saw a Cleaver header saved by Bordeanu, whilst down the other end a long range effort from Attila flew a foot over the hosts bar.
However the half did end scoreless and although Manor had probably shaded it slightly it had not been a classic so far.
The first effort from either side in the second period came from the hosts eleven minutes into the half when a decent move saw Fatt, who had been terrorising the visitors defence down the wing all evening, laid a ball across to Zamani whose shot was well saved by Bordeanu.
Sadly after this chances were pretty much non-existent as the game became rather poor if truth be told. The next moment of note didn’t arrive until fifteen minutes from time when Cleaver got into a good position for the hosts but saw his finish go well wide.
The visitors then sent a long range effort miles over with ten minutes remaining before Cleaver again went close for Manor but saw his lofted effort plucked out of the air by the giant visiting keeper Bordeanu.
With three minutes remaining the visitors put together a decent move but ended with the final effort well blocked before the resulting corner saw a header off the line.
Two minutes into stoppage time Manor flashed a decent ball across goal but saw keeper Bordeanu tip the ball away from goal and it looked like penalties were certain.
However four minutes into stoppage time the visitors pinched a winner when after a long range shot was saved, the follow up saw the ball chipped to the far post where substitute Botosan was waiting and he rifled the ball into the roof of the net and gave the visitors the lead.
The hosts tried to find a quick repost but saw a header go straight at the visitors who go through to face Burnham Ramblers away in the Second Round of the competition.