EAST OF SCOTLAND FIRST DIVISION
Hawick Royal Albert1
A goalkeeping howler by Royal Albert’s Matt Liddle sent Hawick spinning to defeat in Lawrie Dunn’s final match in charge of the club.
Yet the Albert were largely in the ascendency in the first half, with Declan Hogg forcing an early save from Adam Mutch, before Peter Keenan clipped the bar in the eigth minute with a shot from an Andy Noble cutback.
However, all the enterprising work of the Albert attack was to no avail 20 minutes in, when a clumsy tackle saw Eyemouth win a free-kick on the right of the penalty area. Nicky Clark fired in a shot which ought to have been routine, but when Liddle fumbled the ball Connor Lough was on hand to bundle home the rebound. A shell-shocked Hawick did well to hang on, and fashioned a decent chance of their own in the 36th minute, Hogg finding space to fire in a solid 25-yarder which Mutch was quick to get down to.
Five minutes into the second half, Hawick were back on level terms, Keenan rushing onto an excellent diagonal pass to find the net. A low drive from Kris O’Neil was well saved a minute later, but Eyemouth were back in front in the 56th minute, Steven Shennan smashing one into the top corner from the edge of the penalty box.
Eyemouth went on to extend their lead ten minutes later, a static Hawick defence appealing for offside as Shennan burst through to fire past Liddle. Worse was to come for the Albert two minutes later, as Eyemouth substitute James Wilson got on the scoresheet, blasting home from close range after picking up a low cross from the left.
The Fishermen extended their lead even further in the 80th minute, Shennan completing his hat-trick with a simple tap-in from another low cross.
Shennan had another goal disallowed in injury time for a reckless challenge on Liddle immediately beforehand, but the real talking point of the day was yet to come, with Albert manager Dunn’s shock departure from the club shortly after the game’s conclusion.