Spirited Legion battle back from two goals down for win

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Border Amateur ‘A’ Division

Hawick Legion5

Greenlaw3

RELEGATION-threatened Legion did their hopes of remaining in the top flight a power of good in gaining full points in this free-scoring clash last Thursday night.

Trailing by two goals at one stage in the second half, Legion appeared to be on a downward road. However, the Wilton Lodge Park men came blazing back to grab an excellent victory.

Legion got off to a flying start as they took the lead in the opening minutes when Bryan Tait rifled home a headed Roddy McConnell lay-off.

Towards the interval, Keir Blaikie put Greenlaw on level terms and two minutes later Alan Jess edged the visitors ahead with a free-kick.

Early in the second half Mark Long added to Greenlaw’s tally.

It wasn’t looking good for the homesters but Peter Gellaitry threw Legion a lifeline by reducing the leeway.

This lifted Legion no end and David Battle notched an equaliser with a well-struck angled drive after cutting in from the left.

Roddy McConnell then put a revitalised Legion in front in finding the net with a header from a Battle free-kick.

Legion were now on a high and Gellaitry made it a nap hand in slotting away a cross from Battle.

Border Amateur ‘C’ Division

Hawick Legion Rovers1

Peebles Rovers Reserves5

FIELDING an understrength side due to a number of call-offs, Legion Rovers perhaps felt this might not have been their day as they tackled Peebles Rovers Reserves in this Waddell Cup encounter on Saturday.

And with four minutes gone this was confirmed as they found themselves both a goal and a man down.

And it didn’t get much better for the Wilton Lodge Park outfit from here on in.

Legion’s troubles began in one of the opening raids of the match when youngster Jamie Dickson handled a netbound Steven Murray shot on the goal line.

Referee Eddie Walsh awarded a penalty and red carded Dickson. Jason Kane made no mistake with the resultant spot kick.

Minutes later Peebles increased their lead. Legion failing to clear a Ryan Gray free-kick, after which the ball broke to the feet of Kane who found the net with a well-struck shot.

Legion then showed what they had to offer and on being fed by a John Shankie pass, Thomas Scott had a chance to reduce the deficit only to shoot straight at Peebles keeper Ryan Swan.

On the half-hour mark, Peebles sailed further ahead. Legion keeper Euan Reilly upending David Meldrum in the box and referee Walsh awarding another penalty.

Chris Robertson took this one and did the business with a perfectly-placed shot.

Despite being three goals down, Legion were battling hard and Scott was twice kept at bay by Swan saves.

With 66 minutes gone, Sean Taylor added to Peebles’ tally when he latched onto a long ball from the back and raced in unchallenged to tuck a shot past Reilly.

Legion hit back to open their account when Reilly scored from the penalty spot.

But Peebles restored their four-goal lead when Andy Borthwick intercepted a Jamie Dalgliesh pass back and darted forward to score.

Legion kept plugging away and in the closing stages Greg Shiel came close to pulling a goal back with a good effort that was just off target.

Waddell Cup

Hawick United3

Chirnside5

DESPITE making an exit from the Waddell Cup, ‘B’ division United gave ‘A’ league outfit Chirnside a run for their money.

Down four goals at one stage United appeared dead and buried, only to fight back well to make a real game of it.

Chirnside opened the scoring with a penalty after Rio Rashrash had brought down an attacker.

The visitors followed this up with two more strikes before half-time and they scored again early in the second period.

United’s heads refused to drop, however, and Rashrash pulled a goal back as he headed home a Kevin Strathdee corner.

Joss Low then grabbed another in tucking a close-range shot past the Chirnside keeper following another Strathdee corner.

The Tangerines kept up the good work and Strathdee got his name on the scoresheet in firing home an angled shot.

But two minutes later Chirnside grabbed a fifth goal to seal victory.

Border Amateur ‘C’ Division

Lauder6

Hawick Legion Rovers2

TUESDAY night’s clash ended in the second heavy defeat for Rovers in four days. Euan Reilly, playing outfield instead of his usual position as goalkeeper, notched Rovers’ first strike, and popped up between the sticks to save a Lauder spot kick after Ali Willison had been sent off for bringing down an attacker in the penalty box. John Shankie was also on target for Hawick.