Late drama as Southend se­cure the league ti­tle

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Southend are the league cham­pi­ons for the first time in five years.

The Whit­ing Bay team had to come from be­hind against a solid Brod­ick in the Ar­ran Dairies League match at Or­mi­dale Park on Mon­day night to snatch a draw and the league ti­tle in a late drama.

Both teams were miss­ing key play­ers with some in­juries due to the Ar­ran league game the day be­fore on Sun­day.

Brod­ick’s front line of Toby Wing­ham, Bab­bies MacNeil and Owen ‘Pele’ Quigley caused most of the prob­lems in the first half and it was Toby who even­tu­ally slot­ted one into the goal be­fore half-time to make it 1-0.

In the sec­ond half, Pele went on a mes­meris­ing run and even­tu­ally the ball fell to Toby again who dou­bled the home team’s lead to take his goal tally to 21 for the sea­son.

The turn­ing point in the game was when ref­eree Ian McDon­ald had enough of Bab­bies’s re­peated foul­ing and ver­bal abuse and he was given his march­ing or­ders to take Brod­ick down to 10 men. Brod­ick still looked strong and Southend were un­able to break them down un­til, 10 min­utes to go, Corey Allen pulled a goal back af­ter a scram­ble from a free kick.

Southend were throw­ing every­thing at the game and in the 90th minute were awarded a free kick 30 yards out. Goal­keeper Ste­vie Judge and all the Southend boys had come up in a last-ditch at­tempt to eqaualise to se­cure the league. Willie Sil­lars launched the ball in with most peo­ple think­ing he would send in a cross.

Willie had other ideas though and the ball floated over ev­ery­one and the out­stretched arms of goal­keeper Fin­lay Sil­lars who couldn’t pre­vent the ball from fly­ing in the top cor­ner of the goal.

Tri­umphant cel­e­bra­tions en­sued as the Southend boys cel­e­brated their first league ti­tle since 2013 with the fi­nal round of post­poned games still to be played.


A tense mo­ment as the ball comes in from a Southend cor­ner.


Brod­ick’s Toby Wing­ham keeps pos­ses­sion of the ball de­spite a num­ber of Southend play­ers chas­ing him.

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