Hawick 15s 2
Leithen Vale 15s 2
(aet – Hawick win 5-4 on penalties)
A CROWD of more than 250 descended on Netherdale on Sunday to watch the rearranged Cameron Gunn Cup final between Hawick 15s and Leithen Vale 15s.
The game got off to bright start with both teams creating chances, but with no scoring.
The tension was building and after 20 minutes it was Leithen Vale who broke the deadlock when David Campbell beat three defenders and slid the ball through to Sam Matthews, who slotted the ball past the keeper.
The game was played at a great pace with Hawick passing the ball with ease and 10 minutes later they were level when a Lee Sanderson corner was met by Sean Solley, who rose above the Innerleithen boys’ defence to head the ball into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later, the Teries were awarded a free kick 20 yards out and Thomas McAuley struck a tremendous effort that rebounded off the bar.
Vale started to put their opponents’ defence under pressure and it paid off when Aaron Smith fouled a Leithen forward in the box. The referee blew his whistle, awarded a penalty, and Blair Laurie stepped up to score from the spot.
With 15 minutes left, Hawick went to three at the back and put on striker Ewan Gray.
This turned out to be a masterstroke as the super sub latched on to a through-ball and slid it past the Leithen keeper with his first touch of the game.
This took the final into extra time. Both teams missed chances, thso the winner had to be decided from the penalty spot.
Each team scored three from five shots at goal to take it to sudden death.
Dale Whillans scored first and Leithen levelled.
Charlie Mitchell then added another for the Teries before a Vale player sent the ball wide, causing the Hawick team and supporters to go wild in celebration – the cup was returning to the Grey Auld Toon.