Cham­pi­ons! Brod­ick make it four in a row

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Brod­ick made it four league ti­tles in a row af­ter a thrilling play-off match against Southend last Saturday. In the big­gest match in the league, the two sides bat­tled it out to see who would be crowned 2017 Ar­ran Dairies league cham­pi­ons, af­ter fin­ish­ing the sea­son level on points.

The game drew in a mas- sive crowd to Or­mi­dale Park with both sets of sup­port­ers in fine voice. The game had an old firm ri­valry feel about it but with good na­tured ban­ter from both sides.

In­stead there seemed to be a lot of food crit­ics in the Southend sup­port as they tried to wind up those Brod­ick play­ers who work in the food in­dus­try with ban­ter about their prod­ucts.

The game kicked off and straight from the off Brod­ick looked up for it and were re­warded af­ter 10 min­utes when Archie McNi­col found the back of the net. Soon af­ter Toby Wing­ham dou­bled the lead and Southend looked all over the place with the boys in blue dom­i­nat­ing the first 20 min­utes. At 2-0 McNi­col also struck the wood­work and there were more chances for Brod­ick to put the game to bed early on.

Southend were then given a re­prieve when there was a mix up in the Brod­ick de­fence and Lewis Kennedy was left to tap in an open goal.

This gave Southend a new lease of life and it was not long un­til they had got the equaliser when Jack Sim­mons lobbed a shot over Gre­gor Adam­son into the right hand cor­ner of the net. The teams looked set to go into half-time all square un­til Kennedy grabbed his

sec­ond of the game on the stroke of half-time with a header that Adam­son ended up nestling in the net af­ter an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mis­take from the goal­keeper.

The sec­ond half kicked off and Southend couldn’t hold their lead for long as McNi­col swung in a men­ac­ing cor­ner and Bab­bies MacNeil got his head onto the ball pow­er­ing it be­yond Ste­vie Judge in the Southend goal to make it 3-3.


Archie then bagged his sec­ond of the game as he picked the ball up on half­way and rounded Southend cen­tre back Gavin Gil­bert be­fore slid­ing the ball into the far cor­ner giv­ing Judge no chance.

Brod­ick were then awarded a penalty with 20 min­utes to go de­spite the protests from the Southend de­fend­ers. Ref­eree Ste­vie Craw­ford deemed that Toby had been pulled back in the area and so, pointed to the spot where Archie made no mis­take in com­plet­ing his hat-trick.

Southend went for broke go­ing with three at the back and were re­warded when Don­ald Park smashed in a half-vol­ley to give Southend a fight­ing chance.

Gavin Gil­bert had a free kick from 30 yards with a cou­ple of min­utes on the clock. The set piece shot beat Gre­gor but hit the bar deny­ing Southend a late equaliser.

Ste­vie blew the full time whis­tle and Brod­ick were crowned Ar­ran Dairies league cham­pi­ons for the fourth year in a row. Archie was given man of the match for his best per­for­mance of the sea­son and get­ting a hat-trick to win his team the league. Spon­sor Alis­tair Dob­son was on hand to present the shield to his son, Brod­ick cap­tain Matthew.


The as­so­ci­a­tion would like to thank Ste­vie for ref­er­ee­ing, Ian ‘Loci’ McDon­ald and Sam Tat­ters­field for be­ing ref­er­ee­ing as­sis­tants.

They would also like to thank both teams for an ex­cit­ing game played in sport­ing spir­its and all the sup­port­ers and spec­ta­tors who came to watch and make the day a great fi­nale to the league.


Brod­ick are crowned four-in-a-row league cham­pi­ons.


Ryan Arm­strong gets away from Matthew Dob­son.


Archie McNi­col bears down on the Southend goal on his way to scor­ing the win­ning goal.


Brod­ick cap­tain Matthew Dob­son re­ceives the Ar­rran Dairies shield from dad Alas­tair.


Archie McNi­col in a strong tus­sle with Danny Head.


Brod­ick goal­keeper Gre­gor Adam­son is beaten by a fierce Southend strike.


Goal­keeper Gre­gor gets through a crowd of play­ers to punch the ball clear.

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