Selkirk Victoria 2
Kelso Thistle 1
BAL DIVISION C
A LAST-minute goal from centre half Grant Brownlee ensured that Selkirk were crowned champions at Yarrow Park on Saturday.
This was the Vics’ third game in a week and the first half was uninspiring, not helped by a number of absentees in key positions. William Mercer had the best of Selkirk’s chances, but the Kelso keeper was up to the challenge and both teams went in goalless at half-time.
Selkirk broke the deadlock on the hour. David Deans controlled the ball well and volleyed the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards out. The visitors were always in the game, though, and equalised with 20 minutes to play. A long, diagonal free kick caused problems in the box and the ball fell to a Kelso striker who tapped the ball in from close range.
A point would have been enough to seal the title, but the Souters continued to push for the win. Their pressure paid off in injury time.
Ryan Clapperton’s corner fell to Ryan Pritchard, who rolled the ball to Brownlee 15 yards from goal and he bent the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right foot to spark the title celebrations.
Selkirk Victoria: J. Lyall, R. Wilkie, R. Pritchard, G. Brownlee, R. Price, R. Clapperton, G. Ford, G. McShane, W. Mercer, D. Deans, S. MacFarlane. Subs: F. McDougall, M. Lowery, D. Whitehead and C. Silverstein.
Hawick United 0
BAL DIVISION B
STOW scored the only goal of a first half that conjured up few scoring chances when a corner kick was deflected into the net by Jordan Steele.
The second period brought about little excitement either, although Kevin Strathdee went close for United with a free kick that forced the Stow keeper into making a superb save. With a quarter of an hour remaining, Stow stretched their lead through a headed counter from Davie Paterson.
In the closing stages, United’s Rio Rashrash and a Stow player were both red-carded following an off-the-ball clash.
Hawick Legion Rovers 2
St Boswells 0
BAL DIVISION B
FIELDING a very youthful side, Rovers blazed their way to a worthy win.
Always attempting to play good football, Rovers opened the scoring in the first half. A long kick out from Aiden Reilly caught the visitors napping at the back and Andrew McFarlane darted in to hit home a shot on the bounce.
After the break McFarlane produced the scoring touch again with a well-taken goal.
Looking the sharper side, Rovers continued to have the better of matters and following good play by Jamie Dickson, McFarlane had an opportunity to complete his hat-trick but was foiled by a save from the Villagers’ keeper.