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After extra time
Lauder player/manager Stewart Moffat was left to rue “stupid mistakes” which cost his side a cup double season on Saturday.
Two extra-time goals proved the difference as a youthful Chirnside United Colts outfit bagged the Sanderson Cup for the first time in blustery conditions at Yarrow Park.
It meant the Colts completed their own double, having won the Border Amateur Division C title.
But Moffat said: “We could have won it but for a couple of stupid mistakes. It was a very even match. The wind made it very difficult for both sides and it wasn’t a great game.
“We have won the Collie Cup this season, but have struggled in the league, and we hope to add a few more players for next season.”
It has been six years since Lauder lifted the Sanderson Cup, competed for by Division C teams, and they went ahead thanks to Steven Kerr’s low drive after only three minutes.
But Chirnside created the better chances throughout the first half, with young strikers Daniel Pattenden and Jordan Wood causing the Lauder defence all sorts of problems.And it was Pattenden who made it 1-1 on 22 minutes when he finished Luke Turner’s cross from six yards.
Lauder went ahead for a second time when woeful United defending allowed Robert Anderson’s 14-yard header to bounce into the net on 59 minutes.
But Lauder then produced their own comedy defensive moment by allowing a cross to make its way across the penalty box to Jordan Wood, who headed in from close range on 66 minutes.
There was nothing to separate the sides in normal time, but within two minutes of extra time, Chirnside substitute Sean Lackenby’s shot somehow found its way through a crowded penalty area into the bottom corner of the net.
And the cup seemed destined for Berwickshire when United went two in front as the impressive Joe Condy flicked the ball over a defender before coolly slotting in on the stroke of half-time.
However, Lauder showed plenty of guts in the second phase of extra time as Anderson scrambled in his second to make it 4-3, before a looping cross agonisingly evaded a series of Lauder players in the final seconds.
Chirnside boss Pete Morrison added: “To battle back from behind twice in a cup final is a great achievement.
“The young players have no fear and it really helped us win the cup.”