Old Boys in clear lead in race for Cup

STU MUNRO
Last updated 05:00 19/05/2014
nina shields, leanne duston
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CHALLENGE: Nina Shields, of Waihopai, left, and Queens Park captain Leanne Duston go for the ball during a Southland women's club football game played at Surrey Park.

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Old Boys moved to a clear lead in Southland Football's premier men's Donald Gray Cup competition when they beat Queens Park 7-0 at Waverley Park in Invercargill on Saturday.

Old Boy's second half display was at the very least equal to any played in Southland football for quite some time as they carved up the normally resistant Queens Park unit adding a further 5 goals to their 2-nil halftime lead.

''There are quite a few young players in the team and it sometimes takes a while for them to get into the game. What they lack in strength they make up for with ability and I was much happier with their second half performance,'' said delighted Old Boys coach Ignacio Sande.

Queens Park's only glimpse of form was early in the game when they played with purpose so well that when Old Boys took the lead through a James Tucker goal it was against the run of play.

A successful penalty kick from Atain Halley doubled the Old Boys lead to 2-0 at the thirty minute and Queens Park fought well to retain that score line until the half-time break.

Old Boys began the second half strongly but struggled to add to their tally until Scott Kiddey was on hand to score and extend the lead to 3-nil.

Tucker grabbed a second to make it 4-0 and three minutes later Callum Smith chimed in with Old Boys goal number five.

A direct free kick following the sending off of Queens Park goal keeper Chris Pearson was successfully netted by Halley to give him his second goal for the day.

With time running out it was left to Jack Boland to crown a great day for Old Boy's younger brigade when he netted goal number seven.

Old Boys added the Larry O'Rorke challenge cup to its trophy cabinet as a result of the win.

At Surrey Park, Southend United put a three game losing streak behind them with a 4-2 win over Waihopai.

Both teams had returned from unproductive Chatham Cup games in South Canterbury last weekend and at times in the first half lacked enough spark to create goal scoring chances, which the 0-0 half time score-line reflected.

However in a typical ''game of two halves'' the second stanza supplied all the excitement as Waihopai took an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Sherraan Mohammad.

Southend United responded quickly with Ben Lehmann netting the equalising goal and Kurt Knarston putting them ahead 2-1.

James McFelin ensured the goals kept coming when he stretched Southend United's lead to 3-1.

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The two goal advantage was short lived as a Javad Razer goal brought Waihopai back into contention at 3-2.Southend United were not to be denied and Lehmann scored his second and the final goal of the game to secure the 4-2 win.

''I gambled on resting a couple of regular players to the bench for this game to give some fresh faces a run in the team. While they took a while to settle, I'm satisfied the decision will help us in the future,'' said Southend United coach Iain Walker.

Queenstown Rovers and Southend United kept up their challenge for the Women's Premier Kolk Cup title with solid wins in their games yesterday.

Both teams boast 5 wins from their 5 games played.

At Queenstown the home team ran up a 20-nil score line against Queens Park No 2 to take their goals-for tally to 89 in five games.

Among the goal scorers Rose O'Neill was the main destroyer with 8 goals and Ronnie Chavez netted 4.

At the ILT Turf Southend United struck early resistance from the Southend United Development team but eventually wore the younger girls down to record a 5-1 win.

Theresa Rhein led the way for Southend United with 3 goals with a Jackie Robertson goal and a Casey Bryant penalty completing their scoring.

Megan Bryan scored from the penalty spot for the Development team.

Queens Park confirmed their gradual improvement this season with a comfortable 4-1 win over Waihopai at Surrey Park.Lauren Christie 3, and Kaitlyn Wheeler-Cross were on target for Queens Park.

In other games Gore Wanderers beat Old Boys 4-1 and Thistle beat Western Rovers 9-nil.  

- The Southland Times

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