Martin Payero played 80 minutes as Boro’s Under-23s collected a first win of the season.
The Argentinian Olympic international was handed the opportunity of some game time after being on the bench with the first team against Blackburn on Saturday, and he played his part in helping our U23s get off the mark in PL2.
Having tasted back-to-back defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa, Jeremy Sivi’s first half goal gave Boro the advantage before a tale of two late penalties saw Josh Coburn secure a 2-1 win in the final minute.
Boro were slow out of the blocks and had to survive an early scare when Matt Carson wasted a good chance before Sivi opened the scoring.
Stephen Walker was the provider with a strong run and cross before the onrushing Sivi hammered the ball past Harry Lewis in the Southampton goal.
Lewis was called upon twice more before half-time to prevent Boro from going further ahead. He reacted quickly to smother at Josh Coburn’s feet after good work by Payero and he also spread himself well to deny Sivi who had showed good feet.
Payero grew into the game and he sent a free-kick just over the top and as Boro enjoyed the territorial advantage, Lewis again did well to cut out a Joe Gibson cross. Some good visiting defending also denied Payero after a Gibson ball in
Sivi had another shot blocked as Boro looked to put the result beyond doubt, but it was the visitors who levelled when when Kazeem Olaigbe slammed home a penalty after Connor Malley was adjudged to have committed a foul just inside the box.
That came with four minutes remaining, but there was still time for more drama when Dare Ulfunwa was red carded for a foul on Gibson, and Coburn stepped up to convert the penalty to secure the win.