Eyemouth Amateurs 2-1 Hawick Legion
A last gasp goal from Jamie Logie earned Eyemouth Amateurs the right result in the Wright Cup Final.
On top for almost the entire second half, Hawick Legion had every reason to think they had been done wrong by as they had attacked almost constantly.
To their credit, the Fishermen, however, weathered the storm and ended up sailing to a dramatic victory.
Urged on by a big support, Eyemouth broke the deadlock in the eighth minute.
The Hawick defence failed to clear an Andrew Patterson cross, following a sweeping raid down the right and Jeff Collins tucked a shot into the net.
Legion came rallying back and after Bob Lamb had headed a Callum Hope corner over the bar, Shaun Wilson squandered a good chance when blazing well wide of the target on meeting an Andrew Maltman free kick.
With both rearguards giving nothing away, the remainder of the first period was something of a non-event.
It was simply a midfield battle and apart from Eyemouth’s Jamie Logie shooting wide after being put in the clear by an Andrew Sword pass, there were few signs of a goal.
Hawick applied early pressure after the break but it was Eyemouth who came the nearest to scoring.
In a breakaway raid, Logie broke clear only to fire wide.
Showing a lot more bite and enterprise than they had done in the opening forty five minutes, Hawick now had the upper hand and just past the hour mark got on a level pegging.
Substitute Euan Gray who had just arrived on the park, sprayed a pass to the feet of Scott Duncan who produced a spot on finish in rattling a shot past Eyemouth keeper, Adam Stobbart.
Although on the back foot, Eyemouth were dangerous on the break and almost increased their lead when Logie whipped over a cross which Sword just failed to meet with an empty goal gaping in front of him.
It was mainly all Hawick though but with no goals arriving extra time appeared to be on the cards.
With two minutes remaining, Eyemouth changed this. A long kick out from Stobbart caught Hawick flat footed at the back and after latching on to the ball, Logie cut inside and drove a shot low and hard into the bottom corner of the net.
Victory and the Wright Cup was now set to go Eyemouth’s way.
Talking of his sides triumph, Eyemouth manager Stuart Wilson said, “We were the outsiders but we ended up the winners and that’s what it is all about. We showed a lot of bottle and put in a lot of effort during the game. It was a great win for us and it’s just brilliant to have won the Wright Cup”.
Hawick assistant manager Tony Craggs commented, “I am just gutted. We didn’t play well in the first half but really picked ourselves up in the second. We got on top and should have won the game but it just didn’t happen for us”.
JED LEGION 1
Gordon were relieved to hear the final whistle as this was a game both sides knew they could have won.
Gordon made life difficult for themselves when they conceded a penalty in the first minute of the match and the visitors scored from the spot to take an early lead.
However, Gordon stuck to their task and recovered to level it up at 1-1 after ten minutes when Gillie netted with a controlled volley from a cross.
Jed looked dangerous on the break and they went close with a shot was flashed over the top from 12 yards out.
But the home side also had their chances and Gillie also shot over after being set up by Simpson, whilst Andrew and Simpson played a neat one-two before the latter rifled a shot against the crossbar.
In the second half both sides struggled on the soft pitch, but Gordon eventually got themselves in front when Gillie swung over a corner and Simpson headed home at the back post.
Tait had a shot saved by the keeper whilst Simpson rattled the post from the rebound. Jed then almost snatched a draw near the end when Swanie was forced to head the ball off the home goalline.
CHIRNSIDE UNITED 2
Chirnside’s recent revival came to an end when they were quite comfortably beaten by Greenlaw on Saturday.
Greenlaw took the lead after 10 minutes when Adam Smith lost possession of the ball in his own half and the next time a Chirnside player touched the ball was the keeper Martin Todd picking the ball out of the net.
Chirnside should have equalised within two minutes but Adam Turner blasted the ball over the bar from six yards out.
Chirnside lost two players, Robbie Armstrong and Jamie Stobie, through injuries but they did get the equaliser when Keir Blaikie finished off a fine move involving Joe Condy and Adam Smith.
A free kick for Greenlaw was cleared out by Duncan Morrison but some poor marking allowed the ball to be blasted back across goal from which Greenlaw scored.
Smillie got Greenlaw’s third after he rolled Morrison in the box to fire in a shot which went in off the post. Greenlaw had most of the second half and with the Chirnside midfield running out of steam only some great saves from Martin Todd and even better defending from the Chirnside defence kept the scoreline down.
Chirnside had a strong penalty claim when Connor Lough was brought down in the box. Greenlaw got their fourth with 15 minutes to go after a five versus three situation occurred in Greenlaw’s favour before Lough pulled one back for the home side.