Triumphant Tweedmouth land Collie Cup in Border Amateur League

Tweedmouth Amateurs return to training Tuesday night after defeating Hawick in the Collie Cup final.
Tweedmouth Amateurs return to training Tuesday night after defeating Hawick in the Collie Cup final.

TWEEDMOUTH AMS 5

HAWICK LEGION ROVERS 1

(After extra-time)

Following heavy rain, and more forecast, Earlston had no option but to postpone the Collie Cup final which was scheduled for Saturday.

However, through the terrific efforts of Thomas Scott, the teams got the match rearranged to Bridgend Park, Ancrum.

John Brison, captain of Tweedmouth Amateurs with the Collie Cup.

John Brison, captain of Tweedmouth Amateurs with the Collie Cup.

In a cagey first 10 minutes, both teams looked nervous to begin with, and no real chances were created apart from set pieces which were all defended well by both sides.

The first real chance came after 17 minutes when Michael Moir raced down the wing for Rovers and found his strike partner Sean Clarke in the box, but his effort sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

More Legion pressure brought a throw in on the right hand side which Jordan Caldwell launched into the box. Moir held up the ball well and teed up Caldwell on the edge of the box and he rifled the ball into the top corner to give Rovers an early advantage.

Tweedmouth created several openings during the first half, with Nicky Clark getting to the by-line and delivering dangerous crosses into the area but they were well dealt with by an organised Hawick defence lead by Caldwell and Clinton Sharkey.

With the unbeaten Tweedmouth side going in at the break 1-0 down it wou;ld have been a big shock to them and it was no surprise that they made a brace of substitutions in an effort to change their fortunes. One of these subs, Lee Lambert looked dangerous on the ball and almost equalised with a curling shot with the outside of his foot that went agonisingly over the bar. He also had a free kick tipped away by Hawick keeper Kevan Miller. A succession of headed chances came the Amateurs’ way but Sean Phillips and Lambert could not convert.

Craig McCutcheon and John Shankie worked tirelessly in the centre of midfield for Hawick as they tried to see out the final 20 minutes of the match. With Tweedmouth pressing for an equaliser the Teries gradually had to defend deeper and deeper as the game went on.

Rovers looked dangerous on the counter attack. A quick break down the left hand side including Jordan Gracie and Euan Gray led to Rovers thinking they had doubled their advantage when a misplaced back pass put Chay Caldwell round the goalkeeper to tap home only to see the linesman’s flag up for offside much to the disbelief of the men in blue.

A compact and organised Rovers defence, who gave absolutely everything, were eventually undone in the 88th minute when Martin Cornish bundled in from close range from a corner to send the match into extra time.

In the fourth minute of extra time, Tweedmouth took the lead with Cornish again scrambling home to give the men in black and yellow a 2-1 lead.

As the game got into the second half of extra time, the Legion players tired and Tweedmouth were clinical in taking their chances. Nicky Clark raced down the line to see his cross tapped in at the back post by Stewart Thompson to send the men from Berwick on their way to glory. It soon became four in the 110th minute as Sean Phillips, who put in an excellent shift in the middle of the park, saw his long range effort fly into the back of the net.

A late mix up at the back from Hawick sent Clark in on goal and he made no mistake in making the score 5-1 to give Tweedmouth a hard earned cup final victory.

Tweedmouth Amateurs: G. Cain, D. Bugiel, G. Fairbairn, G. Sharp, John Clark, A. Hope, M. Clark, N. Clark, S. Phillips, J. Clark, M. Cornish. Subs: M. Gibb, L. Lambert, S. Thompson, J. Turnbull, K. Wood.

Hawick Legion Rovers: K. Miller, A. Morrison, J. Gracie, C. Sharkey, J. Caldwell, C. Caldwell, E. Gray, C. McCutcheon, J. Shankie, M. Moir, S. Clarke. Subs: M. Alexander, E.Thomson, T. Scott, J. Robertson, C. Turnbull.

COLDSTREAM 2

HAWICK LEGION 3

Coldstream Amateurs missed out on a chance to make it an all-Berwickshire final in the Wright Cup when they faced Hawick Legion in the semi-finals on Saturday.

With Eyemouth Amateurs having already qualified for the final, the Streamers went into the match in high spirits.

Waugh netted twice for the home side, but goals from Euan Reilly, Liam Lavery and Gary Moffat saw the visitors win through.

Coldstream drew first blood with a good goal from Waugh, but Hawick equalised with a stunning equaliser from their goalkeeper, Reilly, who netted with a free kick from all of 50 yards out.

Coldstream restored their advantage through Waugh, and in general the Berwickshire side enjoyed the lion’s share of the play.

But the visitors refused to be beaten and they rallied for a second time, with Lavery bagging a second equaliser before Moffat netted the winner with a tap-in from a Callum Hope cut-back.

The final, between Hawick and Eyemouth, will now be played at Duns’ New Hawthorn Park on Saturday, November 22.

Meanwhile, in the league, local action was thin on the ground. Gordon hit back from the loss of an early goal to beat local rivals Greenlaw 4-1 in the A Division.

In the B league Eyemouth Amateurs beat Chirnside United Colts 5-3 with goals from Collin (2), Ireland, Sword and Gillen.

In the C Division the game between Duns Reserves and St Boswells was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

GREENLAW 1

GORDON 4

This was the first time the two sides had met since the Waddell Cup Final in almost identical wet conditions and it produced the same score line.

Greenlaw came out the traps quickly and took the lead after only 30 seconds when Smillie broke down the right. A sloppy clearance fell to Black who curled a great shot into the top corner.

Greenlaw were on top for the first 10 minutes having a lot of the ball. Good play from Carruthers led to a free kick 25 yards out, but a great save by the Gordon keeper kept it at 1-0.

After that Gordon came into the game. They were denied a penalty moments later when Utterson was brought down in the box and just after Tait had a header cleared from the line by Paterek.

The second half was a different story and five minutes in Gordon equalised though a long ball from their goalkeeper which Porter latched on to, held off his man and brilliantly curled in a shot into the far corner. Minutes later they were 2-1 up when Gillie’s free kick was headed into the bottom corner by Brown.

Greenlaw were then dealt another blow when Hannan was shown a second yellow. The free kick was struck just inside the home side’s half and went over the head of everybody and in off the post to add to Greenlaw’s woes.

Greenlaw tried to force the issue, but Anderson and Brown took control of the midfield for Gordon and the final nail in the coffin came five minutes from time when Utterson was played through and curled a shot into the top corner.