Five-star Legion secure semi-final passage

Hawick Legion manager Clinton Sharkey
Hawick Legion manager Clinton Sharkey

DOUBLE strikes from Jamie Dickson and Callum Hope helped steer Legion into the semi-finals of the Walls Cup.

Legion’s triumph, however, almost did not come about as prior to kick-off the referee had decided to call the game off due to poor ground conditions.

After talks with the two respective sides, the official decided to give the cup-tie the go-ahead and see how matters progressed.

Although the pitch ended up a quagmire, a full 90 minutes was played, and Gavin Brady got Legion off to a flying start in scoring with a free-kick during the opening period of the match.

Legion then increased their lead through a well-worked move sparked off by Jody Easdon which ended in Jamie Dickson rifling home a Scott Duncan cross on the volley.

In the second period, Callum Hope put Legion further in front in flicking a Dickson cross past the Victoria keeper.

Dickson, in turn, slotted away a fourth. Legion were not quite finished, though, and Hope put Victoria into further arrears as well as completing the scoring.

Legion manager Clinton Sharkey was well pleased with his side’s triumph and said: “Conditions were bad as the ground was very muddy. This didn’t suit our style of play but we managed some good stuff, did the business and are in the semi-final of the Walls Cup.

“Selkirk deserve a bit of credit, though. They haven’t had a good season but they fought hard and had it not been for some brilliant saves by our young goalkeeper, Kerr Brown, in the first half they would have scored goals.

“All of our guys played well, with youngsters Matthew Moule, Jamie Dickson and Kerr Brown in particular being outstanding.”