Hawick Royal Albert secure Scottish Cup passage

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Royalists sealed a place in the first round of the Scottish Cup with a superb preliminary round two win in Dumfries and Galloway.

Lining up against the current South of Scotland League champions, the Albert took the lead through Cameron MacFarlane who found the net with a shot from the edge of the box.

The Hawick outfit followed this up with a second before the break courtesy of a top-notch solo goal from Alieu Fayre. After taking on a defender, the big hitman sold the home keeper a dummy with some slick footwork before stroking in a shot.

Wigtown reduced the leeway in the second half. In attempting to clear a Shaun Spence pass-back, goalkeeper Kyle Rankin missed the ball completely, and a Wigtown man cashed in by scoring.

Showing character as well as flair, the Albert came rallying back and Craig Robertson restoed their two-goal lead when breaking forward before driving a shot out of the reach of the Wigtown keeper.

Royalists were looking the better side, but Wigtown still had something to offer, and closed the margin with a header from a free-kick.

Minutes later, Wigtown were reduced to ten men when one of their players was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Reflecting on his side’s impressive and memorable win, Albert manager Dean Shanks said: “We’re into the first round of the Scottish Cup and this is just brilliant for the club and Hawick.

“It was a deserved win and we could have won by more. We played to our strengths, this being good football because that’s what we do best.

“It was a great experience for our young players to play in a big game like this and the buys are absolutely thrilled with their win.”