The 2013 Charities Cup ended with a showpiece cross-border final at the Stanks on Saturday evening.
In front of a large crowd, an ice cream van, several informal kids’ kickabouts and a pitch-invading seagull, Shilbottle ran out 3-0 winners over Team Joe.
The Northumbrian side grabbed themselves an early advantage, when Michael Sanders popped up to tap in the opening goal after just wight minutes.
They continued to put pressure on the Team Joe goal throughout the first half, with the keeper Lumsden called into action more than once.
The Shilbottle cushion was doubled after 33 minutes, when striker Chris Graham scored, settling the jangling nerves caused by a few defensive misunderstandings behind him.
Team Joe, featuring some of the brightest talents of the East of Scotland League, hadn’t given up, though.
A rousing half-time team-talk by Lumsden sparked a valiant effort in the second period.
Snappy tackling in the midfield helped up the pace of the game, and as the half progressed chances were created by both sides, with some last-ditch clearances off either goal line.
Team Joe were presented with a penalty late on, only to see a good effort tipped over the bar by Shilbottle’s Wilson.
After that disappointment, the Borderers went on to concede a third, Shilbottle’s captain Ron Murray capitalising on some tired defence at a corner.
Minutes later John Robertson presented Murray with the trophy, while Adam Shanks, the Shilbottle forward, was given the Man of the Match award.
The whole competition brought in over £6,000 this year.
Team Joe: Lumsden (c), R Smillie, R Burns, Culham, Smith, Douglas, Chisholm, W Smillie, Galbraith, Waddell. Sub: Euan Reid.
Shilbottle: Wilson, Douglas, Sanders, Grey, Balmbra, Murray (c), M Graham, Nealings, Brooks, Shanks, C Graham. Subs: Collins, Forrest, Tait.
l The summer’s football is not over yet, with the Crammond Cup reaching its climax in the coming week.
On Thursday August 1, Springhill face Tweedmouth Rangers with a place in the final, on Saturday August 3, at stake.
Springhill overcame A S Coldingham 7-4 in their recent quarter final, while Rangers hammered Lowick 0-5.
Bamburgh or Harrow, the teams in the other semi, await the winners.