Souters progress

Tynecastle 3

Selkirk 3

(aet – Selkirk won 5-3 on penalties)

SOUTH CHALLENGE CUP FIRST ROUND

FOLLOWING a disappointing start to their league season Selkirk experienced a change of fortunes in their South Cup opener on Saturday.

Trailing by two goals after 15 minutes, thanks to a double scoring effort from Tynecastle’s Steven Leslie, the travelling Souters sprung into action.

Firstly Euan Pritchard got the ball past Derek Polowyi in the Tynecastle goal only to have the score chalked off for a handball. Minutes later, Daryl Burdett ensured his team got on the scoresheet with a searing shot on goal from the edge of the box.

The hosts refused to lie down, however, and Josh Morris restored their two-goal lead just before the break.

After the break, Jamie Gibson grabbed a goal back to keep the Borders outfit in with a chance and with 15 minutes of normal time remaining the local teenager fired in the equaliser from a Liam Hardie cross.

With no quarter given from either side in extra time, the game moved on to penalties where William Mercer, Burdett, Johnny Watt and Ross McManus all made sure their efforts went in before Dodds saved a strike from Robbie Dunn. Gibson sealed the victory by notching his team’s fifth.

Selkirk: J. Dodds, L. Stephen, J. Inglis, J. Higginbottom, E. Pritchard, Ross McManus, D. Burdett, A. Hardie, J. Gibson, Ryan McManus, D. Battle. Subs: L. Hardie, J. Watt, W. Mercer.