Old Boys' class shines through
Old Boys signalled their intention to clean sweep Southland Football's senior men's silverware for 2014 when they dumped close rival Queens Park out of the end-of-season Charity Cup first round 4-1 at O'Rorke Park today.
Old Boys drew first blood in the game when Atain Halley stroked home a penalty kick at the 10 minute mark but Park fought back and in an even 45 minutes scored an equaliser through Matt Roger on the stroke of half time.
Early in the second half Old Boys James Tucker was on hand to put his side ahead 2-1.
The game looked to be another cliff hanger which is often the case between the two teams until two pieces of class football from Old Boys winger David Mwangi made it advantage Old Boys.
First, Mwangi made an incisive run past the Park defence down the Old Boys left flank and crossed the ball to his waiting team mates who after a series of close passes left it to Callum Smith to increase the lead to 3-1.
Mwangi was then set free again, only this time he backed himself and fired an unstoppable shot into the Park net to give Old Boys their well deserved 4-1 win.
At the ILT Football Turf, the Donald Gray cup battlers Thistle and Waihopai met in the second of the first round games with Thistle coming out on top 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals.
Joe Manning-Dowling put Thistle ahead 1-nil in the first half with Dylan Meehan doubling the lead to 2-nil after the half time break.
Waihopai's Israel Calder netted their lone goal.
Edinburgh Trophy Results: Old Boys 6, GoPro Invercargill Thistle 3; Cleanways Thistle 4, Western Rovers 0; Old Boys One 2, Queens Park 1; Gore Wanderers 6, Southend United 3.