Stunning win for Lauder in Collie Cup final

2013 Collie Cup winners Lauder AFC

2013 Collie Cup winners Lauder AFC

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Lauder 4 Kelso Thistle 2

COLLIE CUP FINAL

UNDERDOGS Lauder shot out of the traps at Runciman Park yesterday and held on to win the first piece of silverware of the 2013/14 season.

A first half treble from Steven Kerr stunned opponents Kelso Thistle who currently head the Border Amateur League division C table.

In a highly entertaining match Lauder led 3-0 at the break but Kelso were stung into action in the second half leaving the 150 or so supporters holding a collective breath right up until the final whistle.

Thistle clawed their way back into the game when firstly Scott Turnbull scored from close range and then, after Lauder had notched another through Andy Crawford, Craig Blair slipped one in at the back post just as the match moved into a lengthy period of injury time.

Plucky Lauder held out however and their delight was obvious as referee Raymond Hume signalled the end of a match which was a fantastic advertisement for amateur league football.

Read full report and after match reaction in this week’s Southern Reporter.