Tweedmouth through to Waddell Cup Final
Leithen Rovers 1-3 Tweedmouth Amateurs
Tweedmouth Amateurs booked a place in the final of Border Amateur League Waddell Cup when they beat Leithen Rovers 3-1 in the semi’s on Saturday.
It is the second cup final the Berwick side have qualified for this season, and the first time they have been in the Waddell final in their 41 year history.
They will now go on to face Langlee Amateurs in the final at Greenlaw on May 11.
The game started with the first five minutes played all inside the home side’s half but only a few half snatched chances from Tweedmouth were no threat to the score line. When the hosts first ventured forward and mustered up an attack it resulted in a penalty being awarded, McGregor making enough contact to the Rovers’ striker to convince the referee he was fouled. The penalty was calmly slotted away and Leithen had the early lead.
The Amateurs’ response was an edgy one, not wanting to over commit too soon they stuck to their game and remained patient. Kyle Wood went close on the quarter hour mark heading just wide from a well delivered cross.
They finally got their reward for surviving a dogged period, when clever work in the center of the pitch saw Aidan Lauder clear with the keeper advancing he slotted it around him to find Aaron Hope waiting to fire home the equaliser, making it 1-1 at half-time.
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Early in the second half Hope was unlucky not to capitalise after the keeper spilled the ball at his feet. Three minutes later, however, the Amateurs found themselves in front, Michael Antcliffe poking home after a lovely Gaz Walters through ball.
Paul Fairly missed an open header which was followed immediately by a Leithen counterattack which nearly caused trouble at the other end.
The Amateurs sealed the win after a Sean Phillips cross found Antcliffe to get his second with less than ten minutes to play.
In the B League on Saturday Berwick Colts beat Hawick Legion 5-2 at home. There were two goals for Trafford with further strikes coming from Ainslie, Coyle and Heath.
On Saturday (April 20) Berwick Colts are home to Earlston Rhymers.