Late drama as Southend secure the league title
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.