The Under 17s final brought the curtain down on a feast of football at Netherdale, and it was a fitting way to end the Cameron Gunn Festival. Five goals were scored and the lead changed hands three times, with the drama lasting until the very end of the day.
Kelso took an early lead through Nathan Slingsby, but Leithen went in at the break 2-1 up thanks to Dillon Rice and Jonny Lea.
Connor Gillon equalised for Kelso, before James de Bolle’s header seven minutes from time sealed the win.
An injury to Ollie Lambert was a blow for the Innerleithen men, and it was later discovered that he has a broken collarbone.
Rovers had won all three matches between these sides this season, but by only one goal each time.
Half chances at each end for Rice and Gillon came and went in the first 20 minutes, before Nathan Slingsby edged the Roxburghsire side in front. Kyle Blaikie created the chance with good play down the left. The ball eventually found its way to Nathan Slingsby, and he slid it beyond Ross Paterson.
Leithen were jolted into life by this setback. Andrew Edmiston broke forward from his holding midfield role to have a go, and Rice headed wide after a lovely turn and cross by Brandon Bisset.
Rice had more joy on the 37-minute mark. Edmiston’s pass cut the Kelso defence wide open, and Rice drove a right-footed shot into the corner.
It took just three minutes for Rovers to take the lead. Lambert's corner was met by Lea at the front post, and he headed in from close range.