Duns Under 17s4
Pitfour FC Under 17s2
DUNS Under 17s hosted Pitfour FC of Perthshire in a historic Scottish Cup tie at Gavinton on Saturday.
It was the first time the team from the Scottish Borders had reached the open stages of the national competition, and they had their sights set on a place in the last 32 of the competition. However, Pitfour, current leaders in their league, were going to be a tough hurdle to overcome.
After an early morning pitch inspection it was game on and the young Dingers started brightly taking the game to their opponents. They quickly forced three corners but the Pitfour defrence stood firm.
The visitors then tested Duns keeper Phlip Smith but they found him on top form.
Play swung from end to end in a very entertaining match which was watched by a large crowd. Both sides played some good attacking football but, surprisingly, the scoreline remained blank at the interval.
Duns started the secopnd half well with Graham dectating play in the midfield. It was his pass that picked out Junior who took the ball in his stride and opened the scoring with a superb lob which gave the keeper no chance.
Duns now had their tails up and continued to press. They were soon rewarded when a Pitfour defender’s short pass back was intercepted by Turner and he nipped in between defender and keeper to make it 2-0.
However, Pitfour stuck to their task and and managed to get back into the game when a long clearance from defence was gathered by their striker and he ran on to fire a shot past keeper Smith.
Pitfour them dominated play for a spell and went all out for an equaliser. Duns were camped in their own half for a period and had keeper Smith to thank for keeping them in front as he pulled off a series of great reflex saves.
Duns always looked dangerous on the break and as Pitfour pushed forward a through ball found Turner who slotted in a great shot from just inside the box to make it 3-1.
Duns then booked their place in the last 32 of the competition with a great fourth goal. A cross from the left found Junior who, despite being tightly marked, slammed in a shot on the turn to net his second goal of the game.
Pitfour’s never say die attitdue earned them a consolation second goal with just minutes remaining.
The young Duns side, coached by Keith Wilson, now await the fourth round draw with great anticipation.
Duns squad: Smith, Anderson, Semple, Pollock, Aitchison, Crombie, Ellison, Mitchell, Turner, Wood, Pattenden, Graham, Steven, Liddell and Lough.