Chirnside Colts fall at the first hurdle

Chirnside Colts v Tweedmouth Amateurs in the Border amateur league Collie cup
Chirnside Colts v Tweedmouth Amateurs in the Border amateur league Collie cup
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Last year’s beaten finalists, Chirnside United Colts, were beaten in the first round of this year’s Collie Cup by a new-look Tweedmouth Amateurs.

Chirnside had the majority of play and chances in the first half with Sean Lackenby going close twice and Dan Romaines hitting the bar with a header.

With half an hour played the Colts thought they had taken the lead from a fine curling shot from Romaines but unfortunately for the big striker his shot went the wrong side of the post.

A long-range effort from Graham Patterson was well saved by the Tweedmouth keeper and another superb shot from 20 yards by young striker Jordan Wood grazed the bar.

But for all the Colts’ pressure, the game remained 0-0 at half-time.

The Colts took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when a cross from Denis Smolenski to the back post saw Romaines head past the keeper.

Tweedmouth, with five 17-year-olds in their squad, came more into the game and equalised when Maz Donaldson gave away a free kick following a foul on Powling 25 yards out, and Jordan Clark superbly struck the free kick into the top corner of the net, giving keeper Jason Lugget no chance.

With the Colts team tiring, Tweedmouth found more space to play, and they took full advantage of this and scored the winner with 10 minutes to go.

After some poor defending from the Colts defence allowed the ball to go across the goal to the back post, it was an easy finish for Powling. This turned out to be the winner and Tweedmouth progressed to the next round.