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Delaney hat-trick wins cup for Hawick Youth

Kelso FC 0

Hawick Youth 3

Delaney 1' 23' 35'
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Netherdale 3G
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Borders JFA Cup Final
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Kelso FC
  • 0-2
  • Hawick Youth

Murray and Delaney continued to be heavily involved for Hawick, the speed of their play proving to be difficult to contend with.

Murray had three opportunities at the beginning of the second third, hitting the post and then having a shot saved after being played in by Finnen Gordon-Wooley. The third was unsurprisingly created by partner in torment Delaney, but Jake Douglas thwarted him with yet another save.

Delaney then showed his mate the way to goal, becoming the hat-trick hero in the process. He took it just as well as the first two, finishing with aplomb on the angle.

Douglas continued to perform heroics in the Kelso goal, making several saves. The best of which was from a Delaney header, which looked to be looping into the net until Douglas tipped onto the bar.

It was not all one way traffic though, with tricky winger Craig Younger bursting into the box and having a low shot saved, and Kavannagh suffering the same fate.

That man Delaney went the closest to adding to the score though, rounding the keeper only to be blocked by Sam Kelly.

Noone could begrudge Hawick their victory, but they had Delaney to thank for a devastating display of finishing. Kelso certainly contributed to another entertaining final though, and will not have come up against many strikers in that form.

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  • Full Time:
  • Kelso FC
  • 0-3
  • Hawick Youth

Lineups

Kelso FC
Hawick Youth
1. Jake Douglas
2. Ryan Fletcher
3. Jake Wright
4. Oliver Fairnington
5. Andrew Thomson
6. Mark Scott
7. Craig Younger
8. Sam Kyle
9. Morgan Thompson
10. Mikey Kavannagh
11. Josh Abbott
12. Rhys Lawrence
14. Dwain Patterson
15. Ben Purcell
16. Robbie Findlay
17. Liam Moriarty
12. Moises Silviena
2. Ben Slorance
3. Ryan Middlemass
4. Sam Kelly
5. Finnen Gordon-Wooley
6. Lewis Hogg
7. Hamish Murray
8. Ben Murdoch
9. James Delaney
11. Zak Thomson
14. Ben Cairns
15. Jake Aston
16. Greg Johnson
20. Lewis Shields
23. Liam Caldwell
Star Player
Kelso FC
Hawick Youth
Jake Douglas - Made a string of impressive saves, including one in particular from Delaney's header.
James Delaney - It doesn't get much better than scoring a hat-trick in a cup final!
Magic Moment
Kelso FC
Hawick Youth
Dwain Patterson managed to nutmeg two opponents inside a minute.
Delaney's opener after one minute provided Hawick with a dream start on their big day.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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