Hawick Waverley 3
Hawick Legion 2
BAL DIVISION A
JOHN SLORANCE reports from Wilton Lodge Park
THE peace and tranquillity of Wilton Lodge Park was broken for 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon by this explosive local derby.
With goals and bookings in abundance, plus two sending-offs, fireworks filled the air, and with a big vocal crowd hugging the touchlines, it was far from quiet.
Waverley were first to make a noise by almost scoring in the opening minutes.
A mis-hit clearance from Legion keeper Euan Reilly broke to the feet of Simon Philbin, who rattled his shot over the bar.
Legion then showed what they had to offer and Waverley number one Michael White kept his goal intact with a superb one-handed save, tipping away a net-bound Mark Philbin header following a Malcolm Cooper cross.
With 14 minutes gone, Legion broke the deadlock.
Latching on to a loose ball down the right, Luke Cooper hit in a high shot that sailed over the head of White and into the far corner of the net.
Five minutes later Waverley drew level when Grant Ferguson stabbed away a shot after being fed by a Mark Philbin pass.
Play continued at a brisk pace and in the 26th minute Waverley edged ahead, Taylor Hope firing home after Reilly had palmed out a Kevin McGaughey corner kick.
In the 33rd minute Waverley increased their lead. Following a run down the left, Scott Craig found Ferguson with a cross. The Waverley striker touched the ball to the feet of McGaughey who produced a spot-on finish.
Two minutes from the interval, Legion reduced the leeway, Mark Philbin making no mistake with a penalty after Dean McColm had been fouled by Jamie Richardson.
Early in the second period, Luke Cooper almost grabbed his second goal of the game with a good effort.
Waverley hit back smartly and Jordan Yardley had a header cleared off the line by David Battle on connecting with a long throw-in from Mark Deans.
Then, after Reilly had foiled Ross McLeod with a fine save, White pulled out the stops at the other end, brilliantly keeping out a well-struck Luke Cooper drive.
Time was now running out, but the game was still buzzing. And in a hectic finish, Coldstream referee, Kevin Home, who had brandished several yellow cards during the match, dismissed Legion pair Bryan Tait and Malcolm Cooper for second bookable offences in separate incidents.
Hawick Waverley: M. White, S. Sharkey, S. Craig, C. Wilson, J. Richardson, K. McGaughey, M. Deans, T. Hope, S. Philbin, G. Ferguson, B. Shiel. Subs: J. Yardley, R. McLeod, C. Hope, S. Marshall and A. King.
Hawick Legion: E. Reilly, D. Battle, C. Brown, M. Cooper, N. McConnell, B. Tait, D. McColm, P. Gellaitry, L. Cooper, R. McConnell, M. Philbin. Subs: S. Aries, S. Duncan and L. Gellaitry.