Win over Hawick secures crown

Greenlaw player Andrew Jameson lobs the Hawick goalkeeper Bruce Connelly to score on they're way to clinching the league title at Coldsteam.
Greenlaw player Andrew Jameson lobs the Hawick goalkeeper Bruce Connelly to score on they're way to clinching the league title at Coldsteam.

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Raymond Fenton the chairman of Scottish borders junior football association presents Greenlaw captain Jordie Orr with the league shield at Coldstream as they beat Hawick 4-2.

Raymond Fenton the chairman of Scottish borders junior football association presents Greenlaw captain Jordie Orr with the league shield at Coldstream as they beat Hawick 4-2.

Greenlaw clinched the Scottish Borders Junior FA under 17 title last week, beating runners-up Hawick 4-2 at Coldstream.

Having enjoyed a fantastic 2010/11 campaign, the young Berwickshire side, who have been beaten only once in the league all season, went into this game knowing that they only needed a point to claim the title.

With Greenlaw’s Harper Field ground currently undergoing improvements as part of their £300,000 centre for football scheme, Coldstream was the venue for their title winning clash.

They started as they meant to go on, and took the lead in the first 15 minutes when an Andrew Jameson corner was headed home by Joe Condy.

Greenlaw win the U17's league title beating Hawick at Coldstream 4-2.

Greenlaw win the U17's league title beating Hawick at Coldstream 4-2.

But Hawick showed why they were up there in second place behind Greenlaw. They battled away, and equalised through the Hawick forward, who headed home from a long free kick.

But Greenlaw hit straight back - within 10 minutes Joe Condy played in Andrew Jameson, who chipped the goal keeper to reclaim the lead. Greenlaw then controlled the game until half time.

Hawick got off to the worst possible start after the break, with Greenlaw adding to their tally in the first minute of play. Within 15 seconds of the restart Charles Miller danced through, beating a number of Hawick players. His shot rebounded off the bar but Sean Anderson was on hand to volley in the rebound.

Miller did get his name on the score sheet not long after, chasing down a long through ball and finding the back of the net to clinch the win and the title for Greenlaw.

Under 17s manager Billy Smillie was delighted with this young side’s impressive season; their last at under 17 level.

“They are developing into a really good squad with a great attitude,” he insisted.

“They have played a long time together some of them and it’s really come together this season. They now have the under 17 cup final so they’re on for the double.”

And with impressive young players filtering through to the senior squad, Smillie says the future of Greenlaw football club is looking bright.

“They can now progress to the amateur side, half a dozen of them are playing there already,” he said. “It’s looking good, the future of Greenlaw is in good hands. Even though the amateur side got relegated this season, the future is very positive with these young players involved - Jim McLean (Greenlaw manager) is over the moon with them.”

P W D L F A GD Pts

Greenlaw 12 2 1 62 16 46 38

Hawick 8 2 3 44 26 18 26

Kelso 5 3 4 35 30 5 18

Gala Fairydean 2 4 9 23 50 -27 10

Lauder 2 3 9 22 61 -39 9

Linton Hotspur* 5 0 8 31 34 -3 5

*points deducted for playing over-age players