Four in a row for Tweedsiders

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KELSO HIGH SCHOOL have lifted the Under-16 South Schools Knock-out Cup for the fourth year in a row.

In the first round they met Hawick, and despite some strong resistance, won the encounter 7-1.

In the semi-final they came up against Selkirk and in a tight first-half, which saw play going from end-to-end, neither team were able to score.

Five minutes into the second half, however, Lucy Ramsay picked up a ball at the top of the D and fired a reverse stick sweep into the back of the net.

Minutes later she scored her second when she first-timed a cross from her sister Gina, and then scored her hat-trick when the ball was slipped from Claire Hill at a penalty corner.

Selkirk didn’t give up, however, and pulled one back near the end of the match, leaving the score at 3-1.

This earned the Tweedsiders a final berth against Berwickshire, who had defeated both Jedburgh and Earlston in the earlier rounds.

Unfortunately, the game was played in appalling conditions with both teams struggling to play constructive hockey in the gale-force winds.

BHS pressed hard at the start and won several penalty corners, but were unable to capitalise on them with excellent goalkeeping from Tamara Cook in the Kelso goal.

The young Tweedsiders then started to put some better passes together and, with Claire Hill distributing well from the centre and the Ramsay twins breaking fast up the right, had several attempts on goal, but shot wide.

Then a break up the left saw Jennie Robson put the ball across for Gina Ramsay to slot home, making the score 1-0 at half-time.

Kelso, now with the wind behind them, began to pressurise the BHS goal again and had several penalty corners which the opposing defence did well to clear. Then BHS, with a break up the left, caught the Kelso defence too high, switched right and a with a great shot, just beat the Kelso keeper and the ball was scrambled over the line.

Minutes later, the Tweedsiders were awarded another penalty corner and a well-worked move between Gina Ramsay and Hill saw the latter rebound the ball from the keeper’s pads to score the winning goal.

BHS nearly scored in the last few seconds of the game from another fast break up the pitch, but the final score was 2-1 to Kelso.