Gellaitry gives Waverley the edge in South Cup clash

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Hawick Waverley 3 Mayfield Easthouses 1

SOUTH CUP QUARTER-FINAL

TWO first half goals from midfield ace Peter Gellaitry helped guide Waverley into the semi-finals of the South of Scotland Cup.

Despite facing a strong swirling wind, Waverley set the early pace and in the opening exchanges came near to breaking the deadlock.

Finding space down the left Scott Craig whipped over a cross which found Neal McConnell who rattled in a shot that Mayfield keeper Barry Lindley did well to block.

In the 9th minute however, Waverley did find the net.

Craig once again did the spade work with a run down the flank and with the Mayfield defence at sixes and sevens cut the ball to Peter Gellaitry who finished well.

After Darren Munro had missed a good chance to increase the home side’s lead, when shooting straight at Lindley from a Craig pass, Sean Dillon came near to putting Mayfield on level terms when heading a Duncan Morrison free kick over the bar.

Waverley were then unfortunate not to add to their tally.

Neal McConnell beat Lindley in getting his head to a Craig corner kick, only to see his effort cleared off the goal line.

With a minute of the first period left Waverley went further ahead. Latching onto the ball in midfield, Gellaitry unleashed a rasping drive that sailed high into the net.

Mayfield began the second half in sprightly fashion and in a matter of minutes Darren Mitchell, Mark Moncur and Martin Hughes all squandered chances.

In the 56th minute however, the visitors fell into further arrears when Munro got himself on the Waverley score sheet in driving home a Taylor Hope pass.

Although three goals behind, Mayfield continued to battle and seven minutes from time got a reward for their efforts.

Hughes emerging the Mayfield marksman in slotting away a Moncur cross.

In the closing stages Mayfield were reduced to ten men due to the red carding of Liam Hall.