Keeper Lumsden outstanding as Duns earn a deserved point


Leith Athletic1

A MAN of the match performance from Duns keeper Scott Lumsden was enough to defy Leith and earn the youthful Dingers a point on Saturday.

Lumsden made the first of many great saves to deny Boggie early on and he again proved to be difficult to beat when denied Boggie who was through one on one with the keeper.

A mistake by Gavin Tainsh allowed Duns winger Gary Waddell to run through on goal but his shot rebounded off the keeper’s legs and away to safety.

Just before half-time, a ball across the box from Leith’s Tracey foung Tulloch at the back post, but his shot was high and wide of the Duns goal and the scorel;ine remained blank at the interval.

Duns started the second half in perfect fashion and took the lead after just 35 seconds, despite the visitors having kick off! A pass from Barrie was won by Gary Renton. His header to Aiden Lauder was slotted through to Conor Devaney and he composed himself before slipping the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Three substitutes by Leith injected some urgency into the visitors and more chances started being created, but there seemed to be no way past Lumsden in the Duns goal.

Saving first from another header from Stevens, followed by a double save from Craig Hume and Lewis Cairns, it looked like being one of those days for the visitors. When a cross from Stevens was headed towards goal, it looked like a header from Jack Combe had made the game all square, but again Lumsden was the saviour.

Leith eventually notched an equaliser after 71 minutes and it was in somewhat controversial circumstances.

After a stramash in the box, the ball fell to Stevens at the edge of the box and his deflected shot was again stopped by Lumsden. The ball broke to Hume, who looked to be in an offside position, but he composed himself before slipping the ball home.

Despite the claimns for offside by the Duns defence referee Ralp Gordon allowed the goal to stand.

Having been camped in their own half since scoring, the loss of a goal spurred Duns into action and they started to come back into the game.

A great strike from Waddell was well saved by Iain Gordon and then Gavin Tainsh was required to make a last ditch tackle to stop Lauder from making it 2-1 to the home side.

Late on, Jack Combe had a header well saved and despite a few half-chances for both sides, no-one was able to snatch a winner and after six minutes of injury time, match referee, Ralph Gordon blew up for full-time.

This was a much improved performance by a very young Duns who suffered a 6-1 defeat at Leith just three weeks ago but this time they were well worth a share of the spoils.

Duns: S. Lumsden, M. Weatherburn, D. Leslie, M. Stewart, G. Renton, G. Waddell, K. Lee, A. Lauder, C. Devaney, J. Brydon. Subs: R. Burns, B. Chisholm, R. Graham.