Southend finish third

STU MUNRO
Last updated 17:43 09/08/2014

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Last season's Southland Football Premier Men's Donald Gray cup champions Southend United finished the 2014 season in third position behind Old Boys and Queens Park after completing their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Waihopai at the ILT Turf in Invercargill.

The surprise draw lifted Waihopai a point clear of cellar-dwellers Thistle on the points table.

The goals were scored 4 minutes after the start of play and four minutes before full time in a game that meandered along with few moments of excitement.

Those moments were goalkeeping saves of a high quality from both Southend's Richie Ririnui and Waihopai's Shane Harpur.

James McFelin gave Southend the early lead when his shot on goal was deflected past Waihopai keeper Harpur and it was Matthew McDowell who was on hand to nudge in the late equaliser for Waihopai from a goalmouth scramble.

Winton's three year reign as Division One champions came to an end when Old Boys claimed this season's title following their 8-0 win over Western Rovers in the concluding game of the competition.

Other Results:
Division 1: Queens Park 5 Winton 2; Gore Wanderers Red 10, Arrow International Waihopai 0; Old Boys 8, Western Rovers 0; Go Pro Invercargill Thistle 4, Gore Wanderers Black 2;
Division 2 Cup: Cleanways Thistle 1, Gore Wanderers 1; Old Boys Black 4, Southend United Green 2; Old Boys Red 3, Thistle Blue 2;
Division 2 Trophy: Queens Park 14, Smiths City Waihopai 1; Old Boys White 3, Southend United Black 2; Queens Park Masters 4, Western Rovers 1;

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