Southland United draw Southern Premier League thriller, while Old Boys, Queens Park and Winton win in home Donald Gray Cup fixtures

Southland United's Kazuhiro Obata, left and Bob Cox right, block the path of Roslyn Wakari's Tennessee Kinghorn in their ...
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Southland United's Kazuhiro Obata, left and Bob Cox right, block the path of Roslyn Wakari's Tennessee Kinghorn in their Southern Premier football league match at the ILT Turf on Friday night.

It may not be three competition points, but Southland United have picked up one point after a high scoring 3-3 draw in the Southern Premier League on Friday night.

The Invercargill-based side overturned a 2-1 halftime deficit to claim a hard fought result against Dunedin club Roslyn Wakari at the ILT Turf in Invercargill.

The result was the third draw of the season for the side, with coach Luis Paiva disappointed not to pick up their third win of the season, after they held a 3-2 lead heading into the final quarter.

Queens Park striker Anton Fitzgerald controls the ball.
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Queens Park striker Anton Fitzgerald controls the ball.

"It was not the result we were looking for," he said.

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"We had a chat inside and changed a couple of things at halftime, we came back to lead 3-2 and we ended up conceding a late goal, it was a shame, we were looking forward to getting the three points, but it is the way it is."

Queens Park players from left Callum Gargiulo and Jason McMath try to contain Southend United's Sam Flannery in Donald ...
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Queens Park players from left Callum Gargiulo and Jason McMath try to contain Southend United's Sam Flannery in Donald Gray Cup action at the ILT Turf in Invercargill.

"It probably ended up being a fair result, we had a few problems dealing with Roslyn's direct football, they were very direct and put us into some trouble a few times in the game, but in the second half we started controlling the situation better and we scored two goals and probably in a moment of the game where we were controlling the game, we ended up conceding the goal."

​Jack Boland picked up two nicely taken goals for Southland United, while Japanese import Hayato Wakino also scored.

The win leaves Southland United in seventh place on nine points, while Roslyn Wakari remain fourth on 11 points.

In round 10 Donald Gray Cup action on Saturday, there were home wins for Old Boys, Queens Park and Winton.

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Old Boys moved to the top of the ladder on 24 points with a hard fought 5-2 win over Thistle.

An Anton Fitzgerald hat-trick made sure there would be no repeat of the round three upset result as Queens Park handed Southend United a 7-1 drubbing.

Winton picked up their first ever win in the Donald Gray Cup with a 1-0 victory at Moores Reserve.

Meanwhile, Old Boys picked up a narrow 1-0 victory over Gore Wanderers in the top of the table division one match.

At a glance

Southern Premier League: 

Donald Gray Cup: Queens Park 7 Southend United 1, Winton 1 Waihopai 0, Old Boys 5 Thistle 2.

Division one: Old Boys 1 Gore Wanderers 0, Queens Park 9 Winton Western 5, Thistle 3 Waihopai 0.

Division two: Old Boys Red 5 Southend United Black 1, Thistle 2 Queens Park 1, Enwood 1 Western Rovers 1, Old Boys Black 1 Southend United Green 1, Waihopai 5 Gore Wanderers 2.

Women's Kolk Cup: Thistle 4 Winton 1, Southend United 4 Queens Park 2.

Division one: Queens Park Wyndham 8 Western Rovers 0, Gore Wanderers 2 Thistle-Waihopai 0.

 - Stuff

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