Eyemouth United 3-4 Duns

Action from Eyemouth United v Duns in a thrilling East of Scotland League derby. Pictures by Kimberley Powell

Action from Eyemouth United v Duns in a thrilling East of Scotland League derby. Pictures by Kimberley Powell

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A brace from Martyn Tait against his former club helped the Dingers overturn a 3-1 deficit to take all three points in a thrilling derby at Warner Park.

The striker’s goals either side of a strike from substitute Des Chisolm were enough to overturn Eyemouth’s lead in a thrilling second-half comeback.

Martyn Tait scored twice for Duns, his second proving to be the winner.

Martyn Tait scored twice for Duns, his second proving to be the winner.

A tight first half ended with the score at 1-1 after James Brydon opened the scoring for Duns, only for Scott Adamson to equalise in the 45th minute.

The Fishermen came out of the blocks flying after the break, scoring twice in quick succession courtesy of a Sean Phillips diving header and a Kieran Bullen volley before Duns’ fightback.

Duns coach Johnny Blythe, in charge for the game due to the absence of ex-Eyemouth manager Carl Hudson, said: “I thought it was a good game, for both sides. I think we slightly edged it on chances, but it was a very hard game.”

Eyemouth manager Gary Smith said: “If you go 3-1 up, to me you keep pushing and try to get another goal, but we switched off and as far as I’m concerned gave the game away.”

In front of a healthy crowd, the game began at a high tempo and neither side was able to get a foothold in the early stages. Phillips had the first effort after 12 minutes, going close with an ambitious bicycle kick.

A better chance to break the deadlock came United’s way soon after, Jamie Wilson striking the inside of the post one-on-one with Duns keeper Scott Lumsden.

This led to a spell of pressure from the Dingers, with left-back Leigh Walker driving a free kick wide before Tait hit the crossbar with an audacious looping effort from 25 yards.

Soon they had Lumsden to thank for two impressive stops that kept them level. First a low Phillips drive that was tipped round the post. The second was an outstanding reaction save when it looked certain that Steven Drummond’s header was goalbound.

Duns made the breakthrough after 38 minutes. A breakaway following an Eyemouth corner was eventually cut back to Brydon, who drilled his finish home.

United’s response came on the stroke of half time, Jonathan Brown’s high ball was nodded into the path of Wilson, who finished brilliantly on the half volley.

Eyemouth carried this momentum into the second half, scoring twice within five minutes of the restart. First, a driven free kick from Wilson was met by the head of Phillips to put them ahead.

Their advantage was doubled when Bullen volleyed home after a cross was headed clear.

It wasn’t to last though, as Tait was sent clear by a clipped pass in the 55th minute to dink his first over Eyemouth goalkeeper Adam Mutch. Within a minute Chisolm had levelled the scores following some neat interplay.

Eyemouth rallied as a clever free kick routine saw an Alan Jess shot from distance pushed wide, while Phillips volleyed over from close range.

But the points were secured when an early Shane McGregor near-post cross found Tait to finish calmly.

Eyemouth United: Mutch, Jess, Speirs, Drummond, Windram, Wright (Collin 63), Wilson, Brown (Wood 75), Phillips, Bullen (Waugh 82), Adamson. Subs not used: Falconer, Greenlees.

Duns: Lumsden, Weatherburn, Walker, Ainslie, McHoul, McGregor (R Burns 80), Lee, Brydon, Robinson, Tait, Waddel (Chisolm 45). Subs not used: Sherry, S Burns, Beasley.