EoS League Cup qualifier
Hawick Royal Albert0
AT THE tail-end of last season, Royal Albert left Gretna battered, bruised and bewildered following a 14-0 thrashing. But on Tuesday evening, the Albert journeyed home from Rydale Park completely and utterly bemused.
And Royalists had every reason to be, as for 80 minutes they had excelled against hot-shots Gretna 2008, and were just a goal down in the hunt of snatching a draw. But then in an amazing ten minute spell it all went wrong as Mick Murphy’s side lost four goals and had a man sent off.
It was a game that also had a bizarre start, for due to the late arrival of their Edinburgh-based goalkeeper Willie Turner, Royalists began with coach Davie Aitkin between the posts.
Turner replaced Aitkin with 18 minutes gone, with Gretna a goal ahead at this stage thanks to a Phil Storey strike in the fourth minute.
Gretna had the upper hand for the remainder of the first period, but could not find a way past Turner who pulled off a string of fine superb saves.
After the break, Gretna continued to have the edge, but due to some resolute Albert defending, the homesters could not find the net until that late ten-minute spell.
David Renyard sparked matters off by shooting home following a weaving run.
This was followed by further goals from Storey and Renyard in rapid succession.
However, matters were to get even worse for the the Albert.
Malcolm Cooper bringing down Renyard in the box, and Alan Inglis netting the resultant penalty.
The goal-scorer then ran towards Turner and made a remark, and the keeper reacted angrily by booting the ball into the crowd.
Turner was booked for this, and then stupidly applauded the referee for his actions, and received a second yellow card to end a game he had started late, early.