Hawick Royal Albert 2 Ormiston 1
EOS QUALIFYING LEAGUE
Royal Albert ended up on the right end of the result, as well as pulling off a rare achievement of winning two games in succession, despite playing almost the entire second half with only ten men.
With neither side making much impact, the game got off to a quiet start, with the first piece of serious action arriving after the quarter hour mark when Ormiston keeper David Simmonds pulled off an excellent save from a Paul Russell header, following a Declan Hogg corner kick.
With 22 minutes gone, Ormiston broke the deadlock when Connor Ramage took full advantage of some slipshod Hawick defending to run in and score.
The Albert came rallying back and Kevin Strathdee and Mikey Smith were both denied goals by excellent stops from Simmonds
Six minutes into the second period, Albert’s Sean Loughlin was red carded for scything down Scott Wright.
Hawick now had an uphill task on their hands but the homesters got on with matters and in the 57th minute snatched an equaliser.
After latching on to a spot on pass from Andy Williamson, Kevin Strathdee produced a piece of deadly finishing in driving a shot out of the reach of Simmonds.
In the 70th minute, ten man Hawick did it all again.
Following some good approach play, Hogg threaded the ball to the feet of Strathdee who fired home.
Ormiston then had a golden opportunity to equalise on being awarded a penalty after Williams had brought down Wright.
There was to be no joy for the visitors though as Fry touched Scott Mackenzie’s spot kick onto the post after diving to his right.
Hawick Royal Albert: D. Fry, K. Fettes, G. Johnston, P. Russell, A. Williamson, S. Loughlin, P. Brown (D. Whillans), D. Hogg, K. Strathdee (M. King), M. Smith, S. Russell (G. Shillinglaw).