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CHIRNSIDE leaked another six goals at home as the superior finishing from the visiting team was the telling factor at Comrades Park on Saturday.
The deadlock was broken early on when a cross from the right was put past his own keeper by the unfortunate Christie. Chirnside had chances to equalise but both Kelly and Condy missed the target when unmarked at the back post.
Number two arrived for West Barns when a long ball was played through and their winger clipped the ball past Cowe in the Chirnside goal. With the half coming to a close the visitors added number three when a speculative long range shot found the back of the net. Almost with the last kick of the half Young pulled one back when he blasted home with his right foot.
Chirnside looked to build on the lifeline they were given at the end of the first half but they were hit with a sucker punch five minuts in as West Barns added number four. A cross from the right was headed home by the unmarked winger for his second of the game.
Everything was going the way of the visitors and their fifth goal came after Christie made a great initial block but the ball fell kindly to the midfielder who thundered a shot past Cowe.
Chirnside only really began to play in the last 20 minutes of the half and Kelly added a quick fire double. There were numerous other chances as well but a combination of missed chances and good goalkeeping kept the home team at bay.
West Barns rubbed salt in the wounds late on when their central midfielder completed his hat-trick when he was first on hand to steer home a cross ball for goal number six.
GREENLAW got off to the worst possible start and were 2-0 down within 10 minutes. Within 20 minutes it was 3-0 with defensive and goal keeping mistakes costing the home side.
Greenlaw rarely got an attack on at the other end and were 5-0 down going into half time after gifting their opposition more goals.
After some strong words at half time Greenlaw started the second half as they had the first, conceding a sixth goal in the opening minutes.
Three substitutions later and Greenlaw finally began to get into the game. William Smillie was causing the Leithen defence all sorts of problems and this eventually paid off when he broke clear into the box, only to be brought down. Lee Hannan stepped up and buried the resulting penalty into the back of the net, giving the Leithen keeper no chance.
Greenlaw began to move the ball about well and had the visitors under pressure, creating chances but not putting them away. At the other end David Catlin had little to do in the Greenlaw goal.
A long ball was chased down by Smillie, only to be piunched away in the box by a Leithen defender, and Lee Hannan again stepped up to dispatch the penalty, crashing it past the keeper.
Greenlaw pushed players forward looking for another, but it didn’t come. The match ball was sponsored by Border Baguettes of Duns.
Chirnside Utd Colts1
CHIRNSIDE Colts travelled to second placed Earlston on Saturday without five of their first choice players - three out due to injury and two missing due to a transfer fiasco which didn’t allow manager Pete Morrison to start them.
With team lines and players having to be changed about because of this, the game kicked off late, but not late enough as far as the Colts were concerned as they were two goals down within the first 10 minutes due to some slack defending which allowed the big Earlston striker too much time on the ball to get his shots away which gave keeper Jason Lugget no chance.
The Colts eventually got some kind of game together and for the next 20 minutes had the most of the game but apart from a couple of long range efforts and corners they never really threatened the Earlston goal.
Things went from bad to worse for the Colts when the referee awarded Earlston a penalty when their striker clearly lost his footing without being touched.
The Colts’ heads went down after that and Earlston added another two goals after that to make it 5-0 at half time.
It was a case of keeping the scoreline respectable in the second half and the Colts duly did this by scoring a goal of their own when C. Donaldson latched on to a long goal kick to fire past the Earlston keeper.
This lifted the Colts and indeed they could have scored another couple of goals had luck been on their side. Stanton hit the bar with a terrific free kick and with 15 minutes left the Colts should have been awarded a penalty when the ball was stopped by the arm of an Earlston defender but the referee failed to spot it.
A corner from Mattie Lawson in the dying minutes of the game was met by Stanton whose header just skimmed the bar.
DUNS Amateurs travelled to Newtown on Saturday for this league match when a late penalty sealed victory for the home side.
Newtown opened the scoring after 15 minutes when a corner was not cleared but Duns equalised 10 minutes later when Burns was brought down in the box and Dixon scored the resultant penalty.
Newtown regained the lead when again a corner was not cleared and the striker fired home from the edge of the box but Duns equalised again when Burns broke clear and finished well.
Newtown once more took the lead at the start of the second half when the striker broke clear and fired past Dixon and again the Dingers fought back and equalised when Simpson scored from outside the box with a great strike.
Burns then fired just over from 35 yards but with just 10 minutes left Newtown were awarded a penalty and it proved to be the winner.
Duns were unlucky not to take anything from this game with the squad that was available.