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Duns Football Club

Duns 1-5 Edinburgh University

On a warm sunny afternoon under blue sky’s at New Hawthorn Park Duns welcomed their Lowland League opponents from the capital.  The Dingers were down to “the bare bones” due to the roaming nature of our young men as injuries  weddings holidays weekend trips and anything else you care to mention meant we had 12 players available with not all of them fully fit.

Nevertheless we kicked of with optimism as our friend and after 10 minutes a good ball delivered from the right was headed just over by Luke Strangeways. The referee then dug out his yellow card early booking Jordan Lauder for what can only have been petulance. Ten minutes later big Sean Robertson upended the very lively students centre forward to make it two nil to Duns……in yellow cards at least.

With 37 minutes gone Jordan Lauder received a ball in from the right taking it with the inside of his right boot stroking it superbly into the visitors net to the right of the keeper… all right! Five minutes later and a game changing incident took place, towering centre half Dougie Brydon collided with an Edinburgh forward taking a blow to the head resulting in him having to leave the field. The team seen out the time in a half, to be fair, in which they had contained their opponents with ease. This would change in the second period.

HT Duns 1-0 Edinburgh University

The second period resumed with the lone sub Devaney replacing Brydon and for the initial period things remained fairly stable however as time pressed on an equaliser looked more imminent and with 68 minutes gone it came. The visitors number 7 received the ball from the right and stroked it superbly home. Three minutes later the students made their first change. Almost immediately Edinburgh’s centre forward Jack Guthrie met the ball from a corner heading home. In truth the home defence had allowed him a free header.

With 82 minutes gone the balloon went up when defender Jordan Lauder, who managed to stand of the attacker with no physical contact made, watched as his opponent went down in the box. Amid huge shouts from the visitors the referee awarded a spot kick much to the amazement of the majority inside New Hawthorn Park . Result goal. With the pressure mounting the students netted again in fairly quick succession then from a corner  in the last minutes that man Guthrie again scored from a corner to complete his hat trick.

Interesting that in the first half under the watchful eye of Dougie Brydon Guthrie hardly got a touch but in the second he must have loved his almost free roll.

Duns will play few better sides this season but yesterday were undone by lack of a bench a bad game changing injury and a referee awarding penalties by request.

line up; Tansey Ainslie Walker McHoul D Brydon (Devaney HT) Lee Stewart Chisholm Lauder Strangeways Robertson

Referee Mark Rennie

Attendance 64