Hibs v Southend Premier 22-9-13 Hibernians 2  Southend United 1
Southend lost their unbeaten record in Mitchel Kennedy Park on Sunday morning when they lost  to a Hibernians team who had become the draw specialists of the league in recent weeks.
Despite the defeat the tangerines remain top of the pile but Carrick United and Ferrybank are  now only four points behind United and both have played one game less.
On Sunday next Carrick play Southend and that game will have a big bearing on the destination of  the league title.
The leaders had to plan without the suspended pair of Glen Hawe and Paul Carey but that fact  should take nothing away from the display of Hibernians.
The hosts raced into a two goal lead inside the opening 16 minutes and from there on in the away  side were playing catch up.
Southend did have a lot of the play in the second half as Hibernians appeared to be content with their two goal advantage but the goal that the visitors scored came too late to make any real difference to the final outcome.