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16 July 2013

John on the Marq

John Marquis and Niall McManus were on target as a Millwall XI shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Canvey Island on Monday night.

Millwall included a familiar face in their starting line-up in the shape of goalkeeper Andy Marshall.

Marshall, who played for The Lions in the 2004 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, has been training with his former club to keep his fitness levels up after being released by Aston Villa in the summer.

Following an even start Canvey broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when a long forward punt by keeper Dale Brightly was misjudged by Tom Bender allowing Jay Curran to send a crisp 25-yarder beyond Marshall's reach.

However Canvey's lead didn't last long and within just three minutes Marquis was on hand to stab the ball home after Josh Siafa's deep cross had been parried by the keeper.

Millwall took the lead on 18 minutes courtesy of McManus' finish from close range after good work by Marquis.

Canvey had had a goal chalked off earlier for a foul and now it was Millwall's turn to be denied by the officials when Aiden O'Brien's effort was ruled out for offside.

O'Brien had a good opportunity to extend Millwall's lead only to shoot high and wide of the target when well placed.

Both teams made changes at the break and The Lions' substitute goalkeeper Denzel Gerrar's first real action after coming on for Marshall was to pick the ball out of the back of the net after a cracking free-kick from Ty Smith had levelled the score on 54 minutes.

A plethora of changes were made by Canvey and Millwall, and although it didn't affect the flow of the game, neither team were able to grab a third and winning goal.

Charlie Penny came closest for Millwall right at the death only for the youngster to fire narrowly wide after working an opening with some deft footwork.

Canvey Island: Dale Brightly, Billy Hawes, Ashley Dumas, Sheldon Sellears, Rob Bartley, Ellis Sands, Jay Curran, Tyrone Smith, Simon Thomas, Bradley Woods-Garness, Spencer Bellotti. Used subs: Michael Alaile, Ben Hawes, Jay Nash, Soloman Henry, Tommy Glanville, Tyler Hubbard, Danny Joyce, John-Jo Slater.

Millwall XI: Andy Marshall, Josh Siafa, Tom Bender, Niall McManus, Will de Havilland, Jake Goodman, Callum Webb, Fred Onyedinma, John Marquis, Charlie Penney, Sid Nelson. Used subs: Denzel Gerrar, Ben Thompson, Alfie Pavey, Richie Danqwah.

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