On a day where Netherdale was buzzing with activity at the Cameron Gunn Festival, with hundreds of youngsters taking part in small sided games on the back pitches, the Scottish Borders JFA cup finals took centre stage on the 3G pitch.
The under 14’s final had a lot to live up to, following an exciting under 13’s final between Greenlaw and Hawick. Greenlaw took that one by three goals to one, scoring a late third to seal victory in an end-to-end encounter.
Straight away this one looked like being just as enthralling, with a goal inside the first minute. Jake Aston advanced into the box and pulled back for James Delaney who stroked home to put Hawick ahead, as they looked to avenge the defeat that their younger counterparts suffered. That turned out to be the first of a clinical hat-trick for frontman Delaney.
The big striker scored his second on 23 minutes, getting on the end of another cross from the left, this time by Hamish Murray.
Delaney had already spurned a chance to make it two, while Mikey Kavannagh of Kelso had a shot from distance to try and draw level.