Duns went down to Hearts of Liddesdale, but there were away wins for Greenlaw and Chirnside United Colts.
Duns 2, Hearts of Liddesdale 3
DUNS started the new season playing host to Hearts of Liddesdale in the first round of the Border Cup.
Duns were hoping to hit the ground running with a victory after making some new signings over the summer, then for the opposition turning up with only 10 players hopes were boosted of passage through to the next round.
Duns started the game the better of the two teams and it wasn’t long before they were controlling the game. Despite being in control for the first 15 minutes Duns were unable to break down a well drilled Hearts, who despite having 10 men kept the Duns strikers at bay.
Duns found themselves one down after 20 minutes when some slack passing between the midfielders let Hearts striker pick up the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box, he continued his run and was forced wide to the edge of the six yard box when he fired a snap shot through the legs of the defender and past the keeper into an empty net.
Duns were even further behind five minutes later when a bobbling ball down the edge of the box wasn’t dealt with by the Duns defence and was chipped over the advancing keeper from an acute angle for Hearts to make it two nil.
Duns did manage to peg one back before half time when after a good run down the wing by Falconer who managed to cross the ball into a busy goalmouth to the feet of Allen who fired home from five yards.
The second half started the same way as the first with Duns starting very much in control of the game having most the possession in the centre of the park, this time however they were creating plenty of chances.
Falconer, Carruthers and Matthewson all good chance with Blaikie having the best if the bunch when his long range effort beat the keeper only to be denied by the post.
Hearts again extended their lead with 15 minutes left to play when they were awarded a corner which was swung into a busy goalmouth and found the head of the unmarked striker to head past the Duns keeper.
Duns were able to claw one goal back with minutes to play when the Hearts keeper fumbled a Falconer shot leaving and easy tap in for the Duns winger, however it was a case of too little too late for Duns who went out of the Border Cup in the first round.
Hawick Waverley 3, Greenlaw 4
Greenlaw kicked off their season with a hard-fought but deserving win at Hawick in the quarter-finals of the Border Cup.
But they had to do it the hard way, coming from 2-0 down inside the first 20 minutes as the home side made a good start.
They got their first on the break after William Smillie saw a shot blocked by the keeper at the other end, and the second just a couple of minutes later left the visitors with it all to do.
But Greenlaw made changes to their system and it paid dividends, as they turned the match around, taking a 3-2 lead before half-time.
The first came from a penalty converted by Lee Hannan after Smillie was brought down and Waverley were reduced to ten men after the referee showed a straight red card.
Adam Smith then brought the sides level before Smillie put them in front after good work by Smith down the right.
Ten minutes into the second half Greenlaw extended their advantage with a fourth goal, Smith netting his second.
The visitors then squandered a few chances to put the result beyond doubt, before Hawick rallied near the end.
They put a lot of pressure on the Greenlaw defence but it wasn’t until the 93rd minute that they got any reward when Drummond headed an own goal from a corner, but by then it was too little too late.
Hawick Leg Rovers 0, Chirnside Utd Colts 5
Chirnside United Colts travelled to Hawick on Saturday to take on Hawick Legion Rovers in the Collie Cup First Round.
This young side came away with a very convincing win against a young Rovers side who, to their credit, never gave up.
Chirnside started brightly and took the lead from a corner which was taken by Colin Donaldson to find the head of Sean Lackenby who made no mistake from a powerful header.
Chirnside continued to dominate but squandered several good chances that came their way. With Lackenby having to leave the field after 35 minutes due to feeling unwell (too much alcohol the night before) much to the annoyance of manager Pete Morrison he was replaced by Dennis Smoleinskij who lit up the game due to his pink boots.
Chirnside scored their second goal when Dan Romanes collected a loose ball on the edge of the box and cut inside and shot from 16 yards giving the Keeper no chance.
Smoleinskij grazed the post from an acute angle, Paul Blacklock fired over from 12 yards and Daniel Pattenden made the keeper pull off a fine save to the keep the score at 2-0 at half time.
Hawick came more into the game at the start of the second half but found the Chirnside defence a tough nut to crack being well marshalled by Graham Kelly and Jason Lugget and full backs Matt Lawson and Brandon Pollock.
With an hour played Chirnside were well on top again and scored their third with some great play from Paul Johnston and Paul Blacklock to send Romanes through to score his second goal of the game.
Pattenden was causing the Rovers’ defence all sorts of problems with his mazy runs and it was from one of his runs that Romanes scored his third and Chirnside’s fourth goal.
Ryan Wood had a good effort saved by the keeper and Scott Burnett went one on one with the keeper but once again the keeper came out on top. Colin Donaldson scored late on to make the final score 5-0 to Chirnside.