A KEVIN Strathdee hat-trick helped guide Hawick United into the semi-final of the Walls Cup.
On top throughout, Hawick soared ahead when Michael Moir polished off a solo run in hitting a shot out of the reach of the Gala keeper.
The Tangerines were in the driving seat and after latching onto a Warren Law flicked pass, Strathdee grabbed the first of his threesome. Hawick kept up the pressure and Strathdee soon slotted away another and, before the interval, the homesters struck again as Ross Scott got his name on the scoresheet following good play from Law.
After the break Gala reduced the deficit, but United replied with another strike from Strathdee – his 28th goal of the season.
He then turned provider for United’s sixth as he swung over a corner that was headed home by Chris Dunne.
IN what turned out to be a disappointing game in which neither side made much impact, Waverley tumbled out of the Waddell Cup.
There was little to enthuse over during the 90 minutes and goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between.
Waverley started off well enough and opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Ross McLeod floating over a corner which was bulleted into the net by the head of Barry Shiel.
The remainder of the first half failed to bring about any further goals.
After the break Gordon equalised and then got what was to be the winner in netting with a penalty.