WATCH: Duns kick-off new era at new ground

Duns FC kicked off a new era when they officially opened their new ground on Monday.

The East of Scotland League side played Manchester City Academy U18s in the first match at New Hawthorn Park.

A crowd of just over 500 saw the Etihad youngsters take the honours with a narrow 2-1 victory, but this was a night when the result was not important - it was all about the occasion.

The stadium has literally been built from scratch on land behind the old High School in Duns over the past year, and according to chairman Colin Pike it is testimony to all the hard work put in by dozens of volunteers to get the facilities ready in time.

Speaking pitchside before kick-off, and just minutes before unfurling the club flag to mark the occasion, he said: “This is just the beginning for us. We have a new ground and a new pitch.

“We also have a new-look team and we are hopeful that they can climb the league in the season which kicks off this weekend.”

On a warm sunny night the fans turned out in force to show their support to the new venture, and they were rewarded with a competitive match.

In traditional Scottish fashion, the players from both teams were piped out onto the park to be introduced to the crowd.

The Manchester City side, almost every one a youth international, took the lead after 26 minutes when Cameron Bulloch wrote his name into the record books as the first official scorer at the new ground.

With a little luck that honour might have fallen to Duns striker Stevie Shennan, but moments earlier his half volley from a cross on the right was brilliantly pushed away for a corner at full stretch by the visitors’ goalkeeper.

It remained 0-1 until only seven minutes from the end, when, just two minutes after Munto saw Duns’ goalkeeper Paul Tansey fingertip a shot onto the crossbar, Michael Robinson netted from close range for a Dingers’ equaliser.

But just three minutes later City retook the lead with what proved to be the winning goal through Ernest, who netted with a strike from the edge of the box.

Duns manager Carl Hudson said afterwards the game had proved to be a useful workout for his side, who will launch their EoS competitive campaign this weekend away to Peebles Rovers..