Rampant Old Boys eye full cabinet
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 near Invercargill on Saturday.
Already winners of the Pre-Season Cup, the Premier men's Donald Gray Cup and the Churchill Rosebowl for their Chatham Cup run, Old Boys are possibly just two games away from taking the final trophy for the season.
Their next hurdle is a semifinal against Southend United on Saturday.
Old Boys drew first blood in Saturday's game when Atain Halley stroked home a penalty kick at the 10 minute mark but Park regrouped and, in an even 45 minutes, scored an equaliser through a Matt Rodger header with the very last action of the first half.
Early in the second half, following a swift counter-attack, Old Boys' James Tucker was on hand to put them ahead 2-1.
The game appeared to be heading toward another cliff-hanger, which is often the case between the two teams, until two pieces of class football from Old Boys winger David Mwangi.
First, he made an incisive run down the Old Boys left flank past several Park defenders and crossed the ball to waiting team-mates who, after a series of close passes, left it to Callum Smith to increase the lead to 3-1.
Then, Mwangi was set free again, and again he out-paced the Queens Park defenders with ease.
Only this time he backed himself to finish the job and fired an unstoppable shot into the Park net to give Old Boys a well deserved 4-1 win.
At the ILT Football Turf, Donald Gray Cup battlers Thistle and Waihopai met in the second of the round-one games with Thistle coming out on top 2-1 to progress to the semifinals.
The teams went into the game with a win each and a drawn encounter in their three Donald Gray Cup games so, as a result of Saturday's victory, Thistle won bragging rights in games played for the season over their long-standing rivals.
Joe Manning-Dowling put Thistle ahead 1-0 in the first half with Dylan Meehan doubling their lead to2-0 after the halftime break.
Waihopai's Israel Calder netted their lone goal.
Thistle will meet Gore Wanderers in the second semifinal on Saturday.
The Southland Times