‘Self-be­lief’ key as Lit­tle’s men stun Border­ers to se­cure last-eight slot

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GI­ANT-KILLING coach Cammy Lit­tle la­belled GHK’s BT Scot­tish Cup tri­umph over Premier­ship side Selkirk one of the high­lights of his ca­reer.

The for­mer Glas­gow and Bar­bar­ians scrum-half is­sued his ver­dict af­ter watch­ing them claim a quar­ter-fi­nal slot against Ayr or Stir­ling County in what was one of the big­gest up­sets in the his­tory of the tour­na­ment.

GHK — three divi­sions below the vis­i­tors — had leaked an early try at Old An­nies­land, but bat­tled back to score three tries to stun the Border­ers.

And a thrilled Lit­tle said: “It was a very spe­cial day for ev­ery­one con­nected with the club, and cer­tainly a new high for me since I started coach­ing.

“It was the sheer en­joy­ment and self­be­lief among the guys that car­ried them through. They per­formed with ma­tu­rity and pa­tience, de­serv­ing their suc­cess.”

Lit­tle added: “We won’t be wor­ry­ing about our next Cup match un­til we get the cru­cial Na­tional Three en­counter with Dum­fries out of the way. We have a 100 per cent record in the league and that is what we will fo­cus on.”

He was backed up by club pres­i­dent Glenn Woolard, who added: “It was an out­stand­ing dis­play by a team who have just kept on de­vel­op­ing over the past few years.

“It was a great col­lec­tive ef­fort and it would be im­pos­si­ble to pick out any in­di­vid­u­als for spe­cial men­tion.

“The boys will be keep­ing their feet firmly on the ground in the build up to fac­ing Dum­fries.”

Scores by Mike Borth­wick, Danny Cameron and Marc Tay­lor sealed the glory for GHK, with Mike Martin mak­ing light of the tricky con­di­tions to con­vert all three.

Else­where in the ties that beat the weather, Premier cham­pi­ons He­riot’s had to dig deep to pip Jed For­est 20-19 at River­side Park, Cur­rie surged to a 31-0 suc­cess against Wat­so­ni­ans at Mal­leny Park and Dundee HSFP had to come from be­hind to snuff out Falkirk 27-19 at May­field.

GHA edged out Big­gar 26-18 at Hartreemill and Cartha QP sneaked past Aberdeen­shire 25-20 in the Gran­ite City.

While GHK were cel­e­brat­ing their stun­ning vic­tory, it was a dif­fer­ent story for par­ent club Glas­gow Hawks, whose hopes of sneak­ing last-gasp en­try to the Premier­ship ti­tle play-offs were de­ci­sively dashed.

They lost 35-14 to Bor­ough­muir at Megget­land.

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