Sungate fight back to sink Old Boys

Old Southendian 2-3 Sungate

RELEGATION-THREATENED Old Southendian put up a tremendous fight but ultimately were unable to prevent ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Premier Division champions-elect, Sungate, from extending their lead at the top of the table to nine points following this five-goal thriller at Garon Park.

Incredibly, the fired-up Old Boys – who have moved away from the dropzone of late – lead by two unanswered goals at the break. Riley Oliver opened the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark, then Daniel Flack doubled the advantage in first-half stoppage-time.

But Sungate were to hit back after the interval through two of their substitutes. Jonathan Ogunsanya halved the deficit five minutes after the break, then Daniel Lopes restored parity on the hour.

And in a seesaw battle, Sungate took the points when Ogunsanya added his second nineteen minutes from time.

The defeat leaves Old Southendian two points above the dropzone in ninth place. Speaking to Yellow Sport after the match, boss Connor Lane explained: “I thought we were lucky to be leading at halftime today.

“We created two great chances and took them, unlike Sungate who were perhaps a little wasteful.

“But that changed. We were on the back foot after the break. We had to deal with two questionable decisions where we had players sin-binned. This invited Sungate to attack us. The decision became harder to take when the opposition bench suggested the official was wrong – it was tough to take.

Lane added: “These were game-changing moments and a side as good as Sungate didn’t need a second invitation. We showed plenty of spirit and will need more of the same to secure our place in the top division next season.”

Brian Jeeves