Finlayson’s head man

Ancrum 3

Selkirk Victoria 2


SELKIRK’S slim hopes of promotion all but ended at Ancrum on Saturday after a last-minute winner for the division’s champions elect.

The visitors made all the early running and were ahead after 10 minutes.

Scott MacFarlane got on the end of a lovely slide-rule pass before chipping the ball over the keeper into the top corner.

But Ancrum equalised 10 minutes later thanks to a 20yd free kick from Grant Robinson.

Shortly after, Robinson put the home side ahead when his cross from the far touchline drifted into the top corner after Michael White misjudged the flight of the ball.

Selkirk drew level on the stroke of half-time when the best move of the match involving Ryan Clapperton, Nathan Douglas and Ross Purves resulted in the latter curling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The second period was a scrappy affair. Kyle Finlayson came close with a header for Ancrum and at the other end MacFarlane’s flick flew just past the post.

The game looked set for a draw, but in the last minute Ancrum, not for the first time, were awarded a soft free kick. The ball was floated into the box and despite what looked to some like a foul on the Selkirk centre half, Finlayson headed the ball into the top corner for the win.

Selkirk have a chance for revenge this weekend when the sides meet again in the Walls Cup semi-final at Ancrum (2pm ko).