Updated again: Late fightback dashes Langlee’s hopes of South of Scotland Amateur Cup glory but consolation follows with 5-0 league win
The Borderers were 2-1 up with the final whistle imminent at Innerleithen’s Victoria Park, thanks to a Jack Hay double, only to be pegged back by a Daryl Meikle equaliser with the last kick of the ball five minutes into stoppage time, taking the match to extra time and a 3-2 defeat for Langlee.
Graham Gracie got the only goal of that extra period, earning the South Lanarkshire side, also assisted by an own goal, their second South Cup win against Borders opposition on the bounce after beating Linton Hotspur 3-1 in Newtongrange last time round.
Consolation followed for Langlee last night, May 3, in the form of a 5-0 victory at Stow, extending their lead at the top of the Border Amateur Football Association’s A division to four points, though second-placed defending champions Duns Amateurs have two games in hand on them.
Langlee are now on 43 points from 17 fixtures and Duns on 39 from 15.
The Galashiels side’s scorers at Stow Park yesterday were Hay and Des Sutherland at the double and Ryan Clapperton.
Saturday’s final was one of three cup matches contested at the weekend, the other two being Sanderson Cup semis. They saw St Boswells edging out Berwick’s Highfields United 5-4 on penalties after drawing 3-3 and Kelso Thistle given an 8-0 thumping at Eyemouth United Amateurs.
St Boswells’ scorers were Kieran Crawford at the double and Connor Shepherd, with Jack Young twice and Jake Wood replying for their Northumbrian visitors.
Jake Rutherford got a hat-trick for Eyemouth and Stefan Kennedy a double against Kelso, with Connor Lough, James Paxton and Ilja Ovcinnikovs also on target.
St Boswells and Eyemouth will meet in the final at Selkirk’s Yarrow Park on Saturday, May 13, with kick-off at 2pm.
Five were played on Saturday too – two apiece in the association’s A and B divisions and one in its C division.
The A division’s games were a 5-1 home win for Greenlaw versus Tweeddale Rovers and a 3-3 draw for Newtown hosting Tweedmouth Amateurs.
Greenlaw’s goals were scored by Liam Demarco at the treble, William Smillie and Kai Robertson, with Robbie McNaughton replying.
Duncan Kemp scored for Newtown at the double, with Marc Berry also netting.
The B division’s were a 6-0 hammering for Selkirk Victoria at Earlston Rhymers and a 6-1 victory for Leithen Rovers hosting Coldstream Amateurs, with champions Biggar United being awarded a home win versus Hawick United in that unfulfilled fixture.
Scott Rice, Ali Buchanan, Lee Goodfellow, Jimmy Bell and Murray Bell, assisted by an own goal, were on target for Rhymers, securing them second place in the table, on 39 points from 18 fixtures, and promotion to the A division.
Greg Zokas scored four of Leithen Rovers’ goals, with Steven Fleming and Bailey Simmons also netting.
The C division’s only match was a 1-1 draw for Jed Legion at home to Berwick Colts.
Three more league fixtures followed on Tuesday, all in the C division, and they saw champions Eyemouth keep up their 100% record by winning 5-2 at Berwick Colts, St Boswells beating Kelso Thistle 6-0 on home turf and Gala Fairydean Rovers Amateurs edging out Jed 3-2 at home.
Eyemouth’s scorers in Northumberland were Kennedy and Rutherford at the double, plus Lough.
Jack Bell got two for St Boswells, helped by an own goal, and Lee Macrae, Crawford and Kevin Robertson also netted.
One other A division game was played last night, a 5-2 win for Newtown at third-placed Greenlaw, ligting the vistors into the eighth-place play-off position.
Berry got a hat-trick for Newtown and Kemp a double, with Fraser Falconer and Liam Demarco on target for their hosts.