A penalty shoot-out, a 10-goal thriller and a successful revenge mission decided the three cup finals at the Cameron Gunn Memorial Football Festival at Netherdale, Galashiels on Sunday.
Around 800 children from under-6s to under-17s took part in the day, run by the Scottish Football Association and McDonalds, with the Scottish Borders Junior FA’s cup finals also being incorporated into the day.
In the Chris Doyle Memorial Under-17s Cup, it was Hawick who emerged victorious with a 3-0 win over Greenlaw.
The Berwickshire side had pipped the Teries to the league title, but were behind seconds into the game when Ross Scott despatched a penalty.
Scott headed just wide on the half-hour mark, but he had his goalkeeper Bruce Connelly – who became Hawick Royal Albert’s youngest ever player this season at the age of 15 – to thank for maintaining the lead with two superb stops to deny both Joe Condy and Lee Hannan in a goalmouth scramble.
At the other end, Fraser Black made a brave last-ditch block to stop Ryan Brady which otherwise would surely have been a second Hawick goal.
Greenlaw continued to search for an equaliser, but as the match progressed and more chances were spurned, it became apparent they would not find a way past the impressive Connelly.
The game was killed off 20 minutes from the end when John Shankie notched Hawick’s second and in the 80th minute, Dale Drummond’s dipping free-kick flew into the net for the third.
Hawick substitute Nathan McNally was sent off for swinging a punch at an opposing player in the closing stages.
On the neighbouring pitch, The Lauderdale Under-14s Cup went to Peebles, who overcame their Gala Fairydean counterparts thanks to a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win.
The Tweeddale team were overwhelming favourites having claimed two nine-goal wins against the Braw Lads this season.
But for long spells it looked as if Gala were going to lift the cup after taking the lead in the 35th minute when Marcus Gordon was bundled over in the box and Robbie McKenzie slotted home the penalty.
Try as they might, Gala could not get the second goal to kill off Peebles, who managed to grab an equaliser with 12 minutes to go.
Even in extra time, Gala looked the more likely to score, but Peebles defended in numbers to keep them out and force penalties.
Kieran Martin converted the first spot-kick, but it was downhill after that and three missed kicks gave Peebles the cup.
Gala Under-14s coach Robert Fairburn said: “We cannot be prouder of the lads – they gave it everything. Congratulations to Peebles because they had to work very hard to win it.”
Meanwhile, Hawick also lifted the Jack Gilchrist Under-13s trophy with an exciting 6-4 win against Kelso.
The score had been 4-4 going into the closing stages, with goals from Daniel Halkerston (two), Logan Gordon-Woolley (two) for Hawick and Ewan Paul, Kyle Blaikie (two) and Nik Stingl for Kelso.
But Halkerston completed his hat-trick and Brogan Anderson added a sixth to ensure the cup was heading down the A7.
The Under-15 Cameron Gunn Memorial Trophy final will be played on Sunday, June 19 at Netherdale, between Hawick and Leithen Vale.
SBJFA handed over a cheque of £1,448 collected on the day to Wilma Gunn of Scottish HART, the charity set up following her son Cameron’s death at the age of 19 while playing football.
z Gala Fairydean under-14s want to thank Sossios in Galashiels for sponsoring the after-match hospitality in the Fairydean clubrooms.
Gala are sending two under-14 teams to the Melrose seven-a-side tournament at Gibson Park on Saturday. Players to meet at Melrose at 12.30pm.