Tangerines hit for six as they make Waddell Cup exit

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HAWICK United crashed out of the Waddell Cup at the hands of ‘A’ Division hotshots Pencaitland.

The Tangerines started brightly with Kevin Strathdee and Sean Owens having chances in the opening minutes which the Pencaitland keeper did well to keep out.

After ten minutes the home side opened the scoring when Kevin Strathdee took a corner which Pencaitland partly cleared and Owens won the ball back. He played it to Kevin Strathdee on the corner of the 18 yard box who rifled a curling left foot shot into the top corner of the net.

But Pencaitland aren’t in the upper echelongs of the top division for nothing and they started to come more into the game with a succession of corners that United did well to clear.

The home side were playing well at this point and the Pencaitland keeper was keeping them at bay with a string of fine top saves.

However, Pencaitland got on level terms ten minutes from half-time when they broke down the left and swung a ball into the box. United cleared only for the ball to be put in again where the Pencaitland striker looked off-side but he buried it into the bottom corner of the net.

The second half started with Pencaitland pressing United back and slack defending cost the Tangerines dearly when they scored two quick goals to send the homesters reeling.

United tried to take this in their stride and went on the attack with David Strathdee and Owens going close, but the Pencaitland keeper was on top form.

But from a United corner Pencaitland broke up the park in numbers and increased their lead when the striker easily broke clear to score.

United were starting to tire, giving Pencaitland more room and they made that count when they scored again.

David and Kevin Strathdee both had chances and Owens was also denied by a top notch save. But deep in stoppage time Pencaitland scored again when Gavin Tait could only boot a clearance off the line into his own net.