CHIRNSIDE suffered their second successive league defeat when they lost out to two late goals at Kerfield Park on Saturday.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game five minutes in when Strachan’s shot cannoned back off the post. A few minutes later Tweeddale were awarded a corner on the left, this was swung in and evaded everyone to nestle in the far corner. Their lead was doubled soon after when a free-kick was whipped in from the left and again missed everyone to hit the back of the net.
Chirnside to their credit didn’t let the heads go down and pulled a goal back when Condy was first to react to Young’s free-kick. Chirnside were then awarded a penalty when Kelly was brought down in the box and Young converted. Just before half time Chirnside took the lead when Stobie fired home an unstoppable free-kick.
With ten minutes to go though Rovers equalised when a shot from the edge of the box was only parried on the post by keeper Cowe and the ball rolled along the line with their winger stabbed the ball home. Chirnside had opportunities to regain the lead but Kelly and Blaikie both missed with just the keeper to beat.
Rovers grabbed the winner in injury time with a header from a corner.
With almost the last play of the game Chirnside were awarded a penalty and the home team were reduced to ten men but Young’s penalty was dramatically saved.
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GORDON suffered their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Chirnside United Colts on Saturday in what turned out to be a very close and entertaining game.
The Colts nearly got off to the best possible start when a ball from P, Blacklock found D, Pattenden who turned his marker to find the goal at his mercy but the young striker shot straight at the keeper.
A great last gasp tackle from R. Blaikie stopped Gordon taking the lead when the big striker rounded keeper Lugget but was thwarted by a great tackle from Blaikie. Back at the other end D. Romanies outjumped the Gordon keeper to win the ball only to overrun the ball and hit the post.
A cross from J. Blaikie to the back post found M. Tweedie to hit the ball on the volley and making the keeper pull off a fine save.
The Colts took the lead from a Lawson corner which Romanies finished with a powerful header at the back post.
In the second half the game flowed from end to end and it took a superb save from Lugget to keep out a long range effort from the Gordon No. 8.
The Colts went 2-0 up from a short corner by Blacklock to P. Johnston who crossed for Romanies to score again from a header.
Stanton took a booking for the team when he took the legs from the Gordon striker after being caught two against one but Gordon got a goal back from a powerful shot from 25 yards out giving keeper Lugget no chance making the score 2-1.
Once again R. Blaikie and Lugget came to the Colts rescue after a goalmouth scramble which nearly resulted in Gordon getting the equaliser.
With five minutes left the Colts grabbed a third goal when Romanies chased down a long through ball with the Gordon defence claiming for a foul, Romanies played the ball to Junior who fired in a shot which the keeper failed to hold and Romanies followed up to tap the ball into the empty net for his hat-trick to make the score 3-1.Leithen Rovers5
A DISASTROUS scoreline hid many of the positives in Greenlaw’s play and flattered Innerleithen.
Rovers took the game to Greenlaw during the opening exchanges, but in doing so they looked exposed to quick breaks. Greenlaw took advantage of this, with impressive debutant Jake Galbraith and then William Smillie making regular bursts behind a defence that was caught pushing up too often.
Sadly, the pressure on the Greenlaw defence was more consistent, and though keeper Gatlin was close to the man of the match award with key saves keeping his side in contention, he was unable to prevent Rovers going in at half-time one up.
In the second half Greenlaw didn’t appear to feel out of it until Gatlin’s opposite number made an obvious handball outside the box, and escaped with no punishment.
Greenlaw then lost some of their fight, losing four goals quickly in a ten-minute spell as the whistle approached.