League leaders knock Duns out of King Cup

Jordan Lauder (No 9) equalises for Duns.
Jordan Lauder (No 9) equalises for Duns.

Duns 2

Leith Athletic 4

An 8am inspection was required to confirm Saturday’s King Cup tie got the go ahead and both sides contributed to thrilling encounter.

After only two minutes Michael Robinson had the ball in the net for the Dingers only to have it ruled offside.

The league leaders composed themselves and in 14 minutres they went ahead. Their centre forward took possession of a forward pass inside the 18 yard box and coolly despatched the ball low to the left of Robertson.

Duns hit back immediately and in the next attack they were back on level terms. Luke Strangeways was presented with the ball at waist height and struck it ever so sweetly 20 yards out finding the net to the keeper’s left.

Play continued to swing from end to end and it was the visitors who were next to score. From a corner the visiting number 4 somehow got to the ball through a melee of players shooting low down into the box.

With the interval in sight Jordan Lauder, although wearing the number 9 shirt but playing at the back, had got himself back to his accustomed position shooting home from close range to draw the Dingers level.

Ten minutes into the second half Duns defender Steven McHoul was adjudged by referee Hanlon to have illegally impeded the attacker and pointed to the spot. Up stepped Leith’s number 6 who shot home, although Robertson guessed right getting a hand to it to no avail.

Leith hit the upright with a fine effort and at the other end a Kieran Bullen header came back of the bar.

Although Duns battled right to the end another two goals saw Leith progress in the competition.

Duns: Robertson, J. Ainslie, Walker, McHoul (Pattenden) K. Ainslie, Windram, Rutherford, Bullen, Lauder, Robinson, Strangeways.