Catholic see off Old Boys to take derby honours

Old Southendian v Catholic United – Essex Olympian League Premier Division – Garon Park – Report

Old Southendian 1-2 Catholic United

First-half goals from James Warder and Mike Sammut ensured Catholic United the Essex Olympian League Premier Division derby honours against Old Southendian at an icy Garon Park.

A sizable three-figure crowd, boosted by several groundhoppers, some of who had travelled from as far away as Birmingham, witnessed the visitors record a deserved victory, ending the Old Boys’ four-match winning sequence and leapfrogging them into second place in the process.

Nico Dubouchet pulled one back for the Old Boys’ twelve minutes from time. However, they were unable to break down a stubborn Catholic rearguard and claim a share of the spoils.

Old Southendian boss, Altan Ali, reflected disappointingly upon the outcome, telling Yellow Sport: “We were miles off it in the first half. Catholic were a yard quicker and took their chances leaving us with a mountain to climb.

“We huffed and puffed after half-time and their goalkeeper made some great saves. Nico score a wonderful goal to give us a chance, but we weren’t accurate enough with our final ball and always seemed to want a touch too many.”

Brian Jeeves