Duns’ cup hopes go south with extra-time defeat

Duns FC
Duns FC

Duns1

Carnwath AFC2

(after extra time)

Duns were knocked out of the South Cup at the semi final stage by a strong Carnwath side from the North South Lanarkshire Amateur League.

On what was a roasting hot day at Victoria Park, Innerleithen, the match started with a high tempo with both teams looking to take early control of the tie,

It was the Berwickshire side that got the opening goal of the game when a quality through-ball by Michael Stewart sent Mark Weatherburn clean through on goal and he coolly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.

Duns didn’t push on from this though and Carnwath soon took control of the rest of the half. They were denied by Duns keeper Scott Lumsden on a couple of occasions, one of which was a truly outstanding save to tip the shot round the post for a corner when the Carnwath forward was ready to start celebrating.

Carnwath came out in determined mood to get the all important next goal of the game and were rewarded just five minutes into the second half when their number nine received the ball inside the box and clipped it over Gary Renton, and managed to get to the ball just before Lumsden to poke it into the net.

With the day not getting any cooler both teams were doing well to keep up with pace of this frantic tie but it was the Lanarkshire side who were creating the better chances, only to find Lumsden in fine form.

With no side managing to grab the winner in 90 minutes the tie went to extra time and a chance for both teams to get water on board for another 30 minutes.

Extra time started much the same as normal time with both teams looking to get their foot on the ball and take control. With very few clear cut chances being created, and time almost up in the first period, it took a piece of magic that produced what turn out to be the winner when Lackenby brought down the Carnwath forward on the edge of the area and up stepped the Carnwath midfielder to curl an unstoppable shot into the top corner, giving Lumsden no chance in the Duns Goal.

Duns heads dropped with this goal and they found it hard to break down a well organised Carnwath side to take the tie to penalty kicks. With Duns looking for an equaliser the game opened up and Carnwath were unlucky not to score again only to be denied by Lumsden who was unlucky to be on the losing side having given an outstanding performance.

Duns Ams FC would like to wish both Leithen Rovers and Carnwath all the best in the final.

Greenlaw4

West Barns Star2

Greenlaw’s fight for survival continued on Saturday with a good win against third-placed West Barns Star.

Greenlaw took the game to West Barns right from the kick off, and Keir Blaikie was close with a good shot in the first five minutes which went inches wide.

Ten minutes later Blaikie fired in another powerful shot which the West Barns keeper could only fumble, and Adam Smith was on hand to finish for Greenlaw, putting the visitors into a deserved lead.

Greenlaw doubled their lead 10 minutes later when youngster Joe Condy raced through the home defence to fire the ball into the net. West Barns got themselves together and came into the game. They were always dangerous on the break, and the Greenlaw defence and keeper always had to be on their toes.

Ten minutes before the break Greenlaw made it 3-0, Joe Condy put Kevin Wemyss clear, the home keeper hesitated and Wemyss raced on to the ball, rounded the keeper and fired into the empty net to put the visitors three up.

Greenlaw squandered a couple of good chances before the break, both Condy and Blaikie failing to find the back of the net with only the keeper to beat, and West Barns pulled a goal back in injury time after a good move down the right, when a tremendous cross into the box was finished off by the striker just before half time.

Greenlaw got off to the worst possible start after the break, West Barns pulling another goal back in the first five minutes, when one of their strikers beat the Greenlaw keeper at the near post.

This gave the home side a lift and they put Greenlaw under lots of pressure for the next 15 minute spell.

But Greenlaw started to take the game back to them and could have scored four goals, Adam Smith, Joe Condy, Keir Blaikie and Mark Long all squandering one-on-one chances with the keeper.

Greenlaw’s fourth goal did come with 10 minutes to go, this time Mark Long raced right through the West Barns defence and scored with a tremendous left footed strike, giving the keeper no chance.

Greenlaw were in control until the end and West Barns were reduced to 10 men before the whistle, their striker sent off for a second bookable offence.

Chirnside2

Gordon2

THis was the second meeting of these two teams in three weeks and as in the first game the outcome was the same with both teams playing out a draw.

With Gordon having most of the possession and indeed most of the chances in the first half of the game, they would feel a little hard done by going in at half time a goal down. A goal on the half hour mark from J Lauder gave Chirnside the lead after Gordon had totally dominated the game, with Gordon failing to take any of the chances their play deserved due to some rather fortunate defending and poor finishing.

Chirnside could have increased their lead when Adam Turner played the ball across goal to find G Turner, but he scuffed the ball side of the target from six yards to keep the score at 1-0 to a rather fortunate Chirnside.

Within two minutes of the restart Gordon finally scored when Porter waltzed by two defenders to chip the ball in for a free header for Law to make it 1-1.

This finally spurred Chirnside on and they gradually got their passing game going. G Kelly came off the bench and made an immediate impact by scoring Chirnside’s second goal from a cross to the back post by J Windram to make the score 2-1.

Gordon equalised from the penalty spot when P Cowe was rather harshly penalised for bringing down the Gordon number nine.

With both sides having half chances to score a winner none were taken and the points were shared - probably a fair result.

Tweedmouth Ams1

Chirnside Colts2

Chrinside colts travelled to local rivals Tweedmouth Amateurs on Saturday, looking to keep their recent good run going - but they were up against Tweedmouth who were also on form.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the game. Chrinside had the first chance of the game when Tony Gleadow failed to connect properly with the ball in front of the goal and it was scrambled clear.

Gleadow then came close again when he was put through but it slid past the post. On the 35 minute mark Tweedmouth were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. The free kick was played short and the left back smashed it into the top corner to give Tweedmouth the lead.

Chirnside forced two or three corners before half time but couldn’t find the equaliser.

In the second half it was much the same with both teams cancelling each other out in the midfield. After 60 minutes Chirnside introduced Mark Brown to the match, but before he could make his mark on the game Tweedmouth broke away and the striker found himself one on one with Mark Walters, but once again Walters kept Chrinside in the game with another fine save.

Mark Brown was becoming more influential in the game with some good crosses - from one Dan Romaines headed over the bar; John Crawford then came close to equalising when a shot from the edge of the box just shaved the post.

With 10 minutes remaining Chirnside at last got their equaliser, Mark Brown firing in a corner from the right which Dan Romaines headed home.

With four minutes left Brown played another cross into the box, with Crawford and Romaines both causing trouble at the back post the ball was headed back across goal and was met by the on-rushing Paul Blacklock who slotted it home to put the colts 2-1 up.

In the last minute Ryan Purves nearly scored again for the Colts but he was denied by the post. All in all this was a well-matched and hard-fought victory for Chirnside.