Gregor on fire as Southend go top

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Arran Dairies League

Southend 4  Brodick  0

In the top of the table clash on Monday night both teams went into the game at Sandbraes with a 100 per cent winning league record.

In the first half Brodick started the stronger team but chances for either team were few and far between and Babbies MacNeil picked up a yellow for a mistimed challenge on Ryan Armstrong.

Brodick struck the bar towards the end of the first half but the rebound was cleared by the Southend defence. By the end of the half Southend were starting to create chances but Finlay Sillars produced some spectacular saves to keep the game at 0-0 going into the break.

An early penalty was awarded in the second half when Brodick’s Joel Small brought down Ryan Armstrong in the area. Ryan stepped up from 12 yards and made no mistake. Southend lead was doubled when Liam Bremner powered a header into the top corner of the visitors goal.

Things turned from bad to worse for Brodick when Babbies was given a second yellow card for dissent. Southend were in full control now and Donnie Park made it 3 after a great run down the left wing from Gregor Crichton and a well swung in cross was met by Donnie. The scoring was complete when winger James Currie swung in a deadly cross with unfortunately resulted in an own goal from Marty Hynes.

Referee Sean Higgins gave Gregor Crichton the man of the match for some menacing runs and brilliant work rate on the wing.

Northend 2 Shiskine 0

Northend got their first points on the board for the season with a strong winning performance against Shiskine. Youngsters Stuart Logan and Ross Traill scored for the Lochranza men with the defence at the other end putting in a strong performance to keep a clean sheet.

The goalkeeper, Bryan McCallum, was given the plaudits by being awarded man of the match by referee Sam Tattersfield. Bryan putting on another impressive performance and for once getting the result he deserved, and the team, deserved

Arran Haulage Cup

Monday June 24 will be the preliminary round of the Arran Haulage Cup. Southend play host to Lamlash in the match where Lamlash will be looking for revenge with their playmaker Johnny Sloss available after being suspended for the league fixture between the two teams in which Southend prevailed.

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Sorry Johnny

In last week’s Banner we stated Johnny Sloss was the Isle of Arran AFC players player of the year for last season. Johnny was, in fact, player of the year, with Archie McNicol picking up the players player award. Sorry for the mix-up.

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A Southend attack is closely watched by Brodick keeper Finlay Sillars. 01_B25footy02

Man of the match Gregor Crichton makes a powerful run down the wing. 01_B25footy03

This dangerous Southend free-kick just slipped past the post. 01_B25footy04

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