YOUTH FOOTBALL: Daniel Pattenden and Aaron Middlemass were the stars as Duns Under-15s and Eyemouth Under-13s won thrilling finals at Netherdale.
Pattenden notched five goals as Duns thumped Gala Fairydean 6-1 in the Under-15 cup final, while Middlemass scored the winner for Eyemouth to beat Kelso 2-1 in a superb Under-13 final.
Both games took place in the Scottish Borders Junior Football Association (SBJFA) finals day at Netherdale, Galashiels.
It was the Daniel Pattenden show in the Under-15s Cameron Gunn final, as league champions Duns completed the double by thumping Gala Fairydean 6-1.
The skinhead striker put his team 2-0 up thanks to his blistering pace, and a touch of humour was added to his first goal with a team celebration poking fun at ex-Hull City boss Phil Brown and his infamous on-pitch half-time team talk at Manchester City.
Gala had previously been beaten 12-0 by Duns, but fought back gamely and were back in the tie when David Cockburn’s corner was headed home by the smallest player on the pitch, Fraser Brown.
But Duns ran away with the cup in the final third of the match, as Pattenden notched a further three to take his total to five goals, while Jordan Wood curled home a fine free kick. Coach Gordon Aitchison added: “We have been unbeaten this season which is a great achievement for the players.
“But Gala played really well and it was only in the last 20 minutes that we ran away with the game.”
Meanwhile, Kelso looked like they would cause a shock in the Under-13s Jack Gilchrist Cup, when James De-Bolle opened the scoring against favourites Eyemouth.
But goals from Eyemouth’s Jack Hamilton and Aaron Middlemass meant the cup headed to the Berwickshire coast.
The occasion was once again dedicated to Selkirk teenager Cameron Gunn who tragically died at the age of 19 whilst playing football. Money raised on the day, totalling £845, was donated to the Scottish HART charity.
Over 2,000 people from across the Scottish Borders attended the festivald. The event is the largest of its kind in Scotland and was open to all primary school age children who play for SBJFA teams. It also included the SBJFA cup finals for 13s, 14s, 15s and 17s.
Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “It was a fantastic day for everyone – players, parents, grandparents, brothers & sisters and friends. It is truly one of the best events of its kind, a day when members of many communities come together in the name of fun, sport and charity. We look forward to making next year’s 10th Anniversary event even better.”
Wilma Gunn, mother of Cameron Gunn, said: “This really is a great event. It’s hard to see how it could be made any better.”