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Kelso late winner sinks luckless Leithen

Kelso FC 3

N Slingsby 22' Gillon 65' De Bolle 83'

Leithen Rovers 2

Rice 37' Lea 41'
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Netherdale 3G
  • Under 17´s
  • Scottish Borders JFA Cup Final
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Kelso FC
  • 1-2
  • Leithen Rovers

Leithen looked to add to their lead at the start of the second half. Rice was denied by Kieran Slingsby after Lambert had squared to him, Bisset’s free kick flew just over and Charlie Robertson had a shot from 25 yards saved.

It was not one way traffic though and Kyle Blaikie blazed across goal but nobody could apply the finishing touch.

Gillon made Rovers pay for their profligacy, getting on the end of Nathan Slingsby’s pass to stroke into the bottom corner.

Lambert tried to use his skill to bamboozle the Kelso defence, and on one such occasion he twisted and turned into the box but his effort went narrowly wide. He had to leave the field shortly after with his nasty looking injury.

Kelso were on the verge of glory with only munites left as De Bolle got on the end of Blaikie’s free kick to head home emphatically.

Jordan Moriarty nearly made it 4-2, sliding in for a 50-50 with goalkeeper Paterson as they attacked on the counter.

There was still time for Rice to launch an attempt to save his side. He ran down the left before cutting in and shooting, but Kieran Slingsby held comfortably.

This was another great advert for Borders football, the last of four finals of real excitement and quality. Kelso took the glory, and deserved their day in the sun, but Leithen Rovers can also be proud of their cup run in their first season as a team.

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  • Full Time:
  • Kelso FC
  • 3-2
  • Leithen Rovers


Kelso FC
Leithen Rovers
1. Kieran Slingsby
2. Gordon Fleming
3. Tayler Hughes
4. Iain Gay
5. Robbie McKinlay
6. Nathan Slingsby
7. Jamie Cockburn
8. Ewan Paul
9. James de Bolle
10. Kyle Blaikie
11. Ross Mackay
12. Grant Veitch
14. Jordan Moriarty
15. Ryan Angus
16. Keiran Fleming
1. Ross Paterson
2. Jonny Lea
3. Jamie Hayes
4. Andrew Edmiston
5. Stuart Brown
6. Ross Campbell
7. Charlie Robertson
8. Brandon Bisset
9. Dillon Rice
10. Hamish McKenzie
11. Ollie Lambert
12. Lewis Dickson
14. Lewis Todd
15. Euan Lumsden
16. Graham Scott
17. Dylan Brown
Star Player
Kelso FC
Leithen Rovers
Kyle Blaikie - Showed good inventiveness which ultimately led to a goal for his side. Always involved.
Andrew Edmiston - Disciplined display in the middle of the park. Won tackles but also really good on the ball. Made the pass to supply Rice for the first goal was delightful.
Magic Moment
Kelso FC
Leithen Rovers
James de Bolle's headed winner with only minutes to play sparked jubilation.
Not only did Dillon Rice's goal bring Leithen Rovers level at 1-1, it was done with genuine quality. The pass from Edmiston and the finish from Rice were equally as impressive as each other.
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