Amateur champs too strong for Vics

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LAST Saturday’s South Cup tie against Division A Champions Pencaitland was always going to be a big ask for the Vics, and so it proved to be.

The visitors started well with Ryan Clapperton almost opening the scoring on 10 minutes, but his shot was blocked by the last defender.

Instead, it was the hosts who took the first honours when Andy Paterson headed brilliantly into the top corner.

Ryan Pritchard played Clapperton clear through on goal on the half-hour, but he curled his effort wide of the post.

The home side extended their lead a couple of minutes before the break. A shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the path of Danny O’Rourke, who bent his shot past Jamie Lyall in the Selkirk goal.

Pencaitland’s third was a comedy of errors.

Lyall looked certain to collect a scuffed shot towards goal, but Vics left back William Mercer swung a leg at the ball and it scooped over the keeper’s head and into the net.

Selkirk changed to a 3-4-3 formation to try and get back into the game, but the change gave Pencaitland space to counter attack at the breakdown.

Lyall pulled off some good saves to deny the hosts, but a quick double from George Cunningham and Sean Baillie ensured their progress to the next round.

Grant Brownlee headed home a Clapperton corner with five minutes to go for a deserved consolation for the visitors.

Selkirk Victoria: Lyall, Sharkey, Pritchard, Brownlee, Mercer, Clapperton, Purves, Bodicoat, Ford, Munro, MacFarlane. Subs: King, Douglas, Matheson, McDougall.

z The Vics are back in league business tomorrow for the first time in two months.

They face Coldstream Amateurs at Yarrow Park, kick-off at 2pm.

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