Eyemouth Utd 1, Leith Ath 1
EYEMOUTH turned in one of their best performances of the season when they held the highly rated Leith Athletic to a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday.
And such was the drive and commitment from his players that manager Carl Hudson said afterwards: “They all had hearts like lions.”
United were without the injured Sean Phillips, who has been a near regular so far this season, and they also used Paul Tansey in goal following his loan move from Civil Service Strollers until the end of the season.
He was to play an important part in proceedings, as he made several good saves, including two at point blank range to keep his team in contention.
After an evenly matched start to the match Eyemouth took the lead, and it was that man Stevie Shennan who broke the deadlock with his 30th goal of the season.
He took a pass from Bolton, sidestepped the keeper and rolled the ball into the net for a classic finish.
Bolton had an earlier chance but his volley was palmed around the post by the visiting keeper.
Eyemouth turned around 1-0 to the good. but they knew Leith would come back at them, and when they equalised after an hour it was game on again.
The ball bounced awkwardly in front of Tansey and ended up in the bottom corner.
Eyemouth’s heads dropped for a while and Tansey had to make two good saves as Leith went in search of a winner.
Athletic also hit the post and the bar, and for a while it was all hands to the pump.
At the other end Shennan thought he might have won a penalty when he was hauled down right on the 18 yard box line, but the referee awarded a free kick instead.
“We knew beforehand that this was going to be a very difficult match,” said Hudson, “and that’s exactly how it turned out.
“Leith are one of the better footballing sides in the division and we had to work hard thoughout.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my players, but I know I am going to ask for more similar performances in the weeks ahead, starting this weekend with the local derby against Coldstream.
“It should be a very interesting game to say the least.”
Eyemouth: Tansey, Sherry, Spiers, Brown, Walker, Adamson, Jess, Wilson, Clark, Bolton, Shennan. Suns not used - Lough, Windram, Wales.