SHILBOTTLE 4 DUNS 2
Shilbottle made it a league and cup double when they lifted the Laidler-Lancaster Cup at Shielfield on Friday.
The first division champions in the North Northumberland League, went into the final as firm favourites, but they were pushed all the way by second division side Duns, who took the game to extra-time before the outcome was decided.
Shilbottle hadn’t lost a game in the league all season, but Duns took the game to them in the first half and Jamie Lackenby gave the Berwickshire side the lead after half an hour when he scored direct from a corner.
It was the only goal in the opening 45, but the game turned on the hour mark when Duns had a player sent off for a foul in the box and Josh Hay equalised from the penalty spot.
Ten minutes later Shilbottle went in front when Hay scored again, running onto a through ball before beating the keeper. But despite being down to ten men, Duns refused to buckle and they hit back to level things up again after 75 minutes, lackenby scoring from the penalty spot after a foul by the Shilbottle goalkeeper.
As the game went into extra-time, Duns, a man down, started to visibly tire and the opposition took advantage.
They managed to hold out for the first period, but in the second, five minutes in, Hay completed his hat-trick as he fired Shilbottle ahead at 3-2.
With five minutes to go Ross Gair put the icing on the cake with a wonderful goal, lobbing the goalkeeper from the centre circle.
The trophy was presented to Shilbottle by NNL president Norman Laidler, after whom the trophy is named.
He also presented the ‘Man of the Match’ award to Duns goalkeeper, 16 year-old Phil Smith.
In the first division there was a 3-2 defeat for Tweedmouth Rangers away to Red Row Welfare, which all but ended the Berwick side’s chances of finishing runners-up behind Shilbottle in the final league table.
The teams were level on points before the start, but Red Row broke three points clear, leaving Bamburgh to secure the second placed spot.
Rangers, who have already won the Sanderson Cup this season, will go in search of their second trophy tomorrow (Friday) when they take on Amble St Cuthbert in the final of the Bilclough Cup.
The game is being played off at Shielfield Park with a 6.30pm kick-off.