GREENLAW danced their way into the second round of the Waddell Cup with an eightsome reel, writes John Slorance.
With United’s ground unplayable due to frost the game was switched to Greenlaw but it was the visitors who made the early running with Ross Wallace and Sean Owens both rifling efforts over the bar during the opening minutes.
Back came Greenlaw and Owens came to United’s rescue in blocking a net bound William Smillie shot off the goal line, following a Dean Carruthers corner kick.
Greenlaw keeper, David Cattlin then denied United an opener in saving well from Robbie Kelly.
After Hawick number one John Paul Drysdale had foiled Greenlaw in keeping out an Adam Smith shot, the home men took the lead in the 29th minute.
Carruthers rattled in a shot that entered the net after cannoning off United defender David Strathdee.
In the 43rd minute, Greenlaw went further ahead. Breaking down the right from what appeared to be an offside position, William Smillie cut inside and squared a pass to Smith, who shot home. With three minutes of the second half gone, United reduced the leeway. Ross Scott producing the scoring touch with a shot that sailed over the head of Cattlin.
United’s joy was shortlived, for minutes later Greenlaw struck again with what was the goal of the game, when William Smillie found the net with a glorious drive.
The action continued to flow and in the 67th minute, Owens put Hawick back in the picture in driving home a pass from a Scott free kick.
Eight minutes later though Smith sent United reeling in tucking away a Carruthers pass.
Greenlaw kept their foot on the gas and Carruthers made it a nap hand after having broken through the United defence on his own.
The floodgates had now opened and Carruthers soon put Hawick into further arrears.
Immediately after this strike Hawick were reduced to 10 men when Strathdee was given his marching orders when picking up a second yellow card for making remarks towards Berwick referee Andrew Rooney.
In the closing stages Smith completed his hat trick with Smillie in turn notching an eighth.