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Thrilling draw at Woodside

Kelso FC 4

Scott 23' Thompson 39' 43' O.G. 75'

Duns Juniors FC 4

Dobson 30' Douglas 32' 50' Brown 57'
  • Friday, 10 April 2015
  • Woodside Park, Kelso
  • Under 16´s
  • Scottish Borders JFA - 2001 League
Ewan Connor

Ewan Connor | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Duns made the short trip to Kelso, on what was a dry and calm but chilly Sunday morning. They were backed by a very vocal following who'd arisen early from their slumbers to follow their team. It certainly transpired to be a thoroughly topsy turvy encounter.
 
In what was a lively and combative opening from both teams. The home side created the first half opening with playmaker Mikey Kavanagh floating in a cross from the left which Dwain Patterson couldn't quite direct towards goal.
 
Duns responded well, however with Kieran Baxter swinging in a couple crosses of his own which tested out the home defence. Marshalled by skipper, Andrew Thomson, those were dealt with reasonably comfortably. 
 
The first shot on target duly arrived on the quarter of an hour mark, with home 'keeper Douglas throwing his cap on an attempt by namesake Jay Douglas.
 
A few minutes afterwards, Kelso won a corner on their right wing which was swung in. It caused confusion in the away defence, with an initial shot being blocked on the line, Mark Scott thundered in the rebound from two yards. It was perhaps deserved on the balance of play.
 
Duns goalie, Fraser Thomson then did well to keep his side in it with a good save following a powerful half volley from Patterson. 
 
This seemed to stir Duns into action with Callum Smith becoming more influential on the game. Indeed, it was he who provided the assist for defender Adam Dobson to nod in at the back post and make the scores all square.
 
Two minutes later and Douglas caught the home side on its heels. He latched onto a ball over the top from Bill Prentice, took a touch and steered it beyond the despairing dive of Jake Douglas. Cue ecstatic celebrations from the vocal travelling contingent.
 
Just as you thought the half was petering to a close, a goal came from nothing. Home striker Morgan Thompson found the ball at his feet on the edge of the area. He took a touch to wrong foot the defender and rolled the ball into the bottom right hand corner. A well taken goal from the big man and Kelso were well and truly back in the game.
 
Shortly after, Kelso found themselves in front. Thompson again had the ball ricochet to him on the edge of the area and with an almost identical finish made it 3-2 on the stroke of half time. 
  • Half Time:
  • Kelso FC
  • 3-2
  • Duns Juniors FC
The second half started brightly with Douglas being fouled in a promising position on the edge of the home box. Baxter took it left footed but Jake Douglas saved comfortably.
 
Shortly afterwards, Baxter made way, being replaced by Niall Brown. It proved to be an inspired substitution, but before Brown could have an impact, Duns restored parity. An astute finish from Douglas again as Euan Taylor cut open the home defence with a tidy through ball, and Douglas on the slide found the onion bag. 
 
Following on from this it was all Duns. They spurned a great chance to take the lead when Dobson found space in the box following a corner. He turned 12 yards out but could only manage to put the ball over, via a slight touch off the crossbar.
 
With Douglas again proving a thorn in the home defence, he turned provider this time for Niall Brown sneaking in at the back post to divert the ball over the line. Thoroughly deserved on the balance of play and it looked like they would go on to win the game. 
 
There would be a twist in the tail though, when Thomson made a great save from Craig Younger, Dobson could only concede a corner. Abbot took it from the left hand side, aiming towards the front post. The man marking the post unfortunately could only turn the ball into his own net. Very unlucky for the lad who looked good throughout the game. 
 
In what was a frantic finale, the final chance fell to Kavanagh. It fell to him on the edge of the box but Thomson managed to gather at the second attempt.
 
All in all a fantastic game and a defeat for either team would have been harsh. 
  • Full Time:
  • Kelso FC
  • 4-4
  • Duns Juniors FC

Lineups

Kelso FC
Duns Juniors FC
1. Jake Douglas
2. Ben Purcell
3. Jake Wright
4. Ashley James
5. Andrew Thomson
6. Mark Scott
7. Craig Younger
8. Lewis Findlay
9. Morgan Thompson
10. Mikey Kavanagh
11. Dwain Patterson
12. Rhys Lawrence
14. Josh Abbot
15. Liam Moriarty
16. Robbie Findlay
1. Fraser Thomson
2. Adam Dobson
3. Jake Kerr
4. Fergus Murray
5. Kyle Mitchell
6. Callum Smith
7. Jay Douglas
9. Billy Short
10. Johnathon Fortune-Smith
11. Niall Brown
12. Euan Taylor
14. Bill Prentice
15. Lewis Martin
17. Kieran Baxter
Star Player
Kelso FC
Duns Juniors FC
Jake Wright - Solid performance at left back and always providing support for his left winger. A lot of vocal encouragement from him as well which was good to see.
Jay Douglas - Two goals from him and a constant menace to the home defence. Drifted into positions which caused problems and always looking direct.
Magic Moment
Kelso FC
Duns Juniors FC
The goal to make it 2-2. Thompson hadn't really been in the game but showed a great first touch and steered it beyond the goalkeeper, who had no chance.
Would have to be the goal to make it 3-4. A great team move down the right hand side which created space for Niall Brown to steal in unnoticed at the back post.
Club Views
Kelso FC
Duns Juniors FC
Happy with the overall performance from his side. Slightly disappointed at some soft goals conceded.
Delighted with his teams performance. Slightly disappointed not to be travelling home with the three points.
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