Waddell Cup exits for Hawick United and Hawick Legion Rovers

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(after extra time)

Despite scoring five goals away from home, United crashed out of the Waddell Cup at the first hurdle.

The Tangerines did, however, get off to an excellent start by netting twice.

Robbie Kelly got the opener in driving a Charlie Mitchell cross past the Greenlaw keeper.

United increased their lead shortly afterwards when slick play involving Aaron Swailes and Michael Clark ended in Kevin Strathdee netting.

After Greenlaw had reduced the leeway, Ross Scott got his name on the United scoresheet in tucking away a Kevin Strathdee cut-back.

In the second half, Greenlaw notched a second with a hotly-disputed penalty. The Berwickshire side followed this up with two more goals which put them ahead.

Play continued to rage and Dean Fry equalised for United following a corner.

After United keeper Sean McMillan had pulled off a brilliant save from a penalty, Greenlaw hit in a fifth.

United then got a fifth of their own when a Fry header entered the net after glancing off a defender.

With no more goals arriving, the match went into extra time during which Greenlaw scored the winner through a Clark own goal.

United striker Kevin Strathdee said of matters: “I thought we played brilliant from start to finish and certainly didn’t deserve to lose. We didn’t get the breaks though.”

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Lining up against ‘A’ Division high-flyers West Barns Star, ‘C’ Division Legion Rovers found the gap too big in this Waddell Cup first round meeting.

West Barns were in command throughout and won as decisively as the score line suggests.

After rattling away three counters during the opening 45 minutes, Star continued to shine in the second period and netted a further five times.

Summing up the game, Rovers team boss Alex Caldwell commented: “We were never at the races. West Barns are a quality side and were just far too strong and powerful for us. It was a good learning curve, however, for our young players.”