TWO first half goal from Eyemouth striker Steven Shennan was the difference between the two sides in this first Berwickshire derby of the season at The Berwickshire High School on Saturday.
This was certainly no classic with neither side producing the football they displayed in last season’s campaign and it was, in the most, a rather dour struggle.
Duns were down to the bare bones player wise with Connor Devaney and Gary Renton both suspended, James Robertson, Darren Leslie and Jamie Lackenby all missing through injury and Mark Weatherburn out due to work commitments.
The Fishermen showed their intentions from the start and thne Duns defence was caught cold when a long ball found Shennan but his attempted lob went high over the bar. Minutes later the Duns players had a penalty claim turned down when they felt Windrum had handled the ball in the box but referee Gordon was having none of it.
Duns had a chance when Michael Stewart did well to get into a shooting position but his tame effort slid wide of the post.
Eyemouth took the lead after just ten minutes. Shennan put No 8 through and he was upended in the box by Ryan Burns and the referee awarded a penalty. Burns only received a yellow card but on another day could well have seen red. Shennan stepped up and converted the penalty sending keeper Lumsden the worng way.
This goal seemed to spur Duns into action. Michael Stewart saw a just go just wide and an acrobatic effort by Dees Chisholm was just off target.
Eyemouth hit back and efforts by No 8 and James Wilson wernt close.
Aiden Lauder was put through by James Brydon and he should have ewqualised for Duns but shot straight at the keeper.
The Dingers were further depleted on the half hour mark when Stevie McHoul went off injured and he was replaced by young Keiran Collum.
However, Duns levelled the scores after 32 minutes when a long ball caught the Eyemouth defence flat footed and Bruce Chisholm ran on to bundle the ball past the keeper.
Eyemouth retored their lead just before the interval when Shennan cut in from the right wing to fire a great shot past Lumsden.
Duns had a chance to level just a minuste later when Gary Waddell evaded his marker but he shot straight at the keeper with the goal at his mercy.
The second half was a dour affair and developed into a midfield struggle with neither side able to take the upper hand.
Duns then lost the services of Aiden Lauder through injury and young Lewis Craik was introduced to the fray for his debut.
Eyemouth almost increased theior lead i8n 65 minutes when a speculative shot was cleared ogff the line by Des Chisholm and then an attemnplted clearance by keeper Lumsden was charge downb but the ball broke kindly for the keeper and he cleatred at the second attempt.
Gary Waddell should have ewqualised for the Duinger after 80 minutes but he dwelt too long on the ball and the danger was cleared by Hastie.
Eyemouth put the result beyond any doubt in the final minute when a cross from the left was headed home by substitute Connor Lough.
This made it three wins out of three game for Eyemouth and manager Carl Hudson must be well pleased with his side who suffered an exodus of players inb the close season.
Duns on the other hand must now regroup and hopefully their threadbare squad can rally before more early season derfeats ruin their season.
Duns: Scott Lumsden, Andrew Renton, Steven McHoul, Ryan Burns, Keiran Lee, Des Chisholm, Michael Stewart, James Brydon, Aiden Lauder, Bruce Chisholm, Gary Waddell. Subs - Keiran Collum, Lewis Craik.
Eyemouth United: Xxx