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Duns emerge victorious after cagey encounter with Hawick

Hawick Youth 1

Alexander 64'

Duns FC 2

Hutton 58' Swinney 68'
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Netherdale 3G
  • Under 15´s
  • Scottish Borders JFA Cup Final
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Cup finals are often tense affairs, and this one was no different.

There was no little endeavour, or even quality on show, but both teams largely cancelled each other out. Defences were on top in the first half, before the game opened up in the second.

All three goals came in a 10-minute spell, with Keiron Swinney scoring the winner for Duns. Warren Hutton had opened the scoring for them with an explosive finish, with an Evan Alexander free kick sandwiched in between.

The magnitude of the match perhaps meant that both teams wanted to concentrate on defence first and foremost. And they did so effectively. It is rare at youth level to see such resolute and organised defending, and both back lines can be proud of how they performed beyond their years.

Only once in the first half did anyone manage to break through either defence, with Hawick’s Aiden Burke even managing to round the keeper, but his shot was blocked on the line.

Aside from this, there were only shots from distance to speak of. Most of these came from Hutton, who looked desperate to make something happen. The closest he came was a free kick which smacked the crossbar.

  • Half Time:
  • Hawick Youth
  • 0-0
  • Duns FC

The second period was very different, with the teams opening up resulting in more clear cut chances, and ultimately goals.

A Hawick corner saw defender Conor McKean fire agonisingly wide as it fell invitingly at his feet.

Hutton then created two chances for Swinney, which were almost carbon copies of each other. Two excellent crosses from the right presented the striker with glorious chances. He just could not stretch his leg far enough to reach the first, and the second was saved by Cameron McReadie.

McReadie hurt himself making that save, appearing to be winded, but he recovered to carry on.

He would almost certainly have been hurt had he got in the way of Hutton’s goal. Breaking through a couple of challenges, Hutton found himself in the clear. A less confident player may have continued his run before attempting to score from closer in. Hutton though produced an absolute thunderbolt from 20 yards, and it sailed right into corner, rattling the goal which might even still be shaking.

So the breakthrough had finally been achieved. But Hawick had other ideas and clawed things back to a stalemate six minutes later. Only Alexander will know if he meant to score - his free kick from 30 yards swirled in the wind and caught out McReadie.

There was certainly excitement in the match now, and it swung back in Duns’ favour with 12 minutes to play. Ross Hutchinson teed up Swinney in the box, and a clever turn later allowed him to bury a low shot past the keeper.

As Hawick pressed for an equaliser, Burke sent in a delicious cross which was begging for someone to turn it in, but nobody could.

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  • Full Time:
  • Hawick Youth
  • 1-2
  • Duns FC

Lineups

Hawick Youth
Duns FC
1. Cameron McReadie
2. Lewis Robertson
3. Lee Aitken
4. Ronan McKean
5. Ryan Luke
6. Evan Alexander
7. Matthew Linton
8. Kieran Manners
9. Aiden Burke
10. Charlie Hope
11. Cameron Knaggs
14. Murray Dodd
15. Kyle Johnstone
16. Lewis Graham
17. Mark Gallacher
1. Jordan Patterson
2. Liam Horne
3. Zak Todd
4. Fraser Bunyan
5. Reece Bowling
6. Niall Richards
7. Ross Hutchinson
8. Aiden Dixon
9. Kieron Swinney
10. Dylan Wood
11. Warren Hutton
12. Morgan Ponton
14. Ewan Feeney
15. Matt Patterson
16. Toby Aitchison
17. Billy Bradd
Star Player
Hawick Youth
Duns FC
Aiden Burke - Led the line well and made the ball stick up top
Warren Hutton - Seemed to be everywhere in an attacking sense. Full of skill, had shots on goal and created chances for his side. His goal was a real touch of class.
Magic Moment
Hawick Youth
Duns FC
When Evan Alexander's free kick sailed into the net, they were right back in the game.
Hutton's goal to break the deadlock absolutely thundered into the net, and made the rest of the game more exciting.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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