Chirnside Colts 2
ThE match was abandoned mid way through the second half when Greenlaw defender Graeme Waddell sustained a double leg break after a nasty clash with Chirnside’s Gary Logan on the edge of the Colts box.
Waddell was taken to hospital by ambulance where he underwent surgery to the leg on Sunday.
The fixture was originally supposed to be played at Greenlaw, but with work still ongoing at their ground, it was decided to play the tie at Chirnside.
Greenlaw started well and went 1-0 up within the first five minutes after tremendous work down the right by Adam Smith, who played a nice ball into the path of Toby Culham. Culham then raced past the defender, drew the keeper and cooly slotted the ball into the bottom of the net.
It was end to end play after that but no real chances were created until the Colts equalised midway through the half when a corner came in, the ball ricocheting around in the box before eventually being bundled over the line.
This gave the Colts a lift and five minutes later they made it 2-1 through a well taken strike from outside the box.
In the second half the visiting Greenlaw slowly started to get back into the game. Deciding to really go for it they made changes, putting on all their subs to throw everything at the Colts.
Greenlaw started to create chances but didn’t put them away.
Halfway through the half the visitors had a stone wall penalty shout ignored when Joe Condy broke clear of the defence only to be pole-axed in the box, but the ref waved away the Greenlaw claims.
With Condy unable to continue and Greenlaw having used all their subs, the visitors were down to 10 men.
Disaster struck minutes later at the opposite end of the pitch when Waddell clashed with Logan and sustained a serious leg injury, later confirmed as a double break, and the match was abandoned.
The players and management committee of Greenlaw Football Club would like to wish Graeme all the best and a speedy recovery.
Tweeddale Rovers 1
This was the third time these two teams have met this season and on this occasion it was Chirnside’s time to celebrate after running out 3-1 winners with Jack Windram grabbing himself a brace and a wonder strike from Danny Hoyle to win the game.
With last week’s game against Langholm Legion called off, this gave Chirnside a chance to bring back a couple of players after injury to strengthen the squad, and they had three subs on the bench for the first time this season.
Tweeddale started the brighter and were the better team for the first 15 minutes finding a fair bit of space down the Chirnside left-hand side of the pitch where Kev Strachan had his work cut out to subdue their pacy right winger.
Any crosses that did get into the box were dealt with quite comfortably by Dod Blaikie in the Chirnside goal and Stevie Christie at the heart of the Chirnside defence, ably backed up by Tom Ireland and Jamie Stobie.
Chirnside took the lead after 25 minutes. The goal came from a goal kick at the other end by (new dad) Jonny Cowe which was flicked on by Duncan Morrison to Keir Blaikie who held the ball up before laying it off to Jack Windram to score from an acute angle.
Windram soon doubled his and Chirnside’s tally, getting his second goal when he flicked a header over his marker and chased it down to go one on one with the Tweeddale keeper and calmly side foot the ball past him into the net.
Windram was on fire now and could have had a hatrick when he was put through on goal by Danny Hoyle, but the keeper got the better of him this time to keep the score at 2-0 at half time.
Chirnside continued to dominate in the second half and they had the majority of the play. A couple of great saves by the Rover’s keeper from Aiden Lauder kept the score the same.
With 10 minutes left Tweeddale got back into the game when the ball fell kindly for the Rover’s number 15 to beat three Chirnside defenders and curl a right foot shot into the net giving keeper Cowe no chance.
With the game now on a knife edge Graham Kelly went close with a header.
Keeper Cowe then pulled off a few saves before Chirnside put the game beyond doubt when a deflected cross from Gregg McRudden landed at the feet of Hoyle, who superbly struck a shot from 20 yards into the top left-hand corner of the net to win the game 3–1.
Chirnside take on Pencaitland on Saturday in the semi-final of the Border Cup.
Law Hearts 3
Duns played their long awaited South Cup tie on Saturday against Law Hearts.
Both teams spent the first 10 minutes with the ball at feet trying to feel each other out, neither knowing what to expect from the other.
Law Hearts were the first to go on the attack and they put themselves ahead after 15 minutes when their striker came out on top after a 50/50 challenge with the defender and the ball bounced favourably into box for the striker who slipped it under the advancing keeper Dixon.
Even after going one down Duns tried to keep the ball on the floor and played some good passing football to try and claw the goal back without playing route one football but they created few chances.
Duns found themselves two down after 35 minutes when they were undone by a long ball and a mix up at the back. The ball bounced kindly for the Hearts winger who volleyed past Dixon in the Duns goal from the edge of the box.
Duns got off to a bad start in the second half which was barely five minutes old when Law Hearts added to their goal tally. The ball was played over the back four from midfield and the striker sprinted through to volley into the back of the net, leaving the keeper no chance..
At 3-0 the game was all but done with most the play in the middle of the pitch. Duns had a couple of chances but nothing to worry the Hearts keeper.
Duns came more into the game but took until the 88 minutes to finally get on the score sheet when Robertson latched onto a defence splitting through ball to hammer the ball under the keeper.
Duns further reduced the deficit on the 90 minute mark when the Hearts defence were at sixes and sevens, the bouncing ball was slipped through to Reid who shot across the keeper to make it 3-2.
This was a disappointing result for Duns who were missing a few players but should have had enough experience to have returned a better scoreline.
Duns return to league action on Saturday when they travel to Innerleithen to face Leithen Rovers.
Coldstream Amateurs 4
Hawick United 4
GOALS galore, as well as loads of action, was the story behind this ding-dong battle at Home Park.
Coldstream took an early lead through Andrew Tait after Hawick United had been caught out at the back with a long throw-in.
On the half-hour mark, Michael Moir put United on a level pegging with a spot-on finish after being set up by a Liam Lavery pass.
After Moir had been robbed of a second strike by the woodwork – hitting the bar with a header – the Streamers were awarded a soft penalty. Arguably justice was done as Hawick keeper Dean Fry saved the spot kick.
Coldstream then edged in front again through Darren Simpson, but Hawick equalised with a well-taken goal from Kevin Strathdee. Play continued to flow at a fast pace and the homesters notched a third when Brian Stuart tucked away a penalty.
Ryan Brady duly made the score level by finding the net with a curving shot.
After Steven Ellins had denied Coldstream a counter with a goal-line clearance, Kevin Strathdee edged United ahead when tapping in a Lavery pass.
Ten minutes from time, Coldstream equalised through Matt Kerr to end the scoring, with both sides taking a deserved share of the points.