Hawick Waverley eased through to the final of the Beveridge Cup with a comfortable win over Newtown, despite being down to ten men for most of the second half.
Waverley got off to a good start and sailed into the lead in the sixth minute. Taylor Hope took a free-kick which Newtown failed to clear and Dean McColm’s shot found the corner of the net.
Newtown almost got level when Neil Laidlaw smashed the ball against the crossbar.
McColm, Jordan Yardley and Hope all had chances and Mark Deans had an effort well saved as Waverley failed to add to their score before the break.
However, they doubled their lead on 48 minutes through an own goal.
Four minutes later, Waverley were reduced to ten men when Euan Reilly was red carded for pulling down an attacker in the area and Ross Wallace had to replace him between the sticks. Wallace’s first job was to pick the ball out of the net as Hunter scored the spot kick.
But Waverley restored their two goal lead on 55 minutes when Craig McCutcheon sent over a pinpoint cross to the incoming McColm who slotted home.
They scored again when Yardley was felled in the area and McColm completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
McColm and Yardley combined once more on 64 minutes and this time Yardley reaped the rewards to make the score 5-1.
The scoring was completed with 69 minutes on the clock with a well worked goal, McCutcheon sending over another ‘Beckhamesque’ type cross for Yardley to volley home.
Match sponsor: Armstrongs Garage, Newmill.