Hardie hops to it on Rovers return

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Shaun Hardie is hoping his return to football can help lead Gala Fairydean Rovers Amateurs to South Cup glory, writes Kenny Paterson.

Hardie suffered a horrific triple-leg break more than two years ago, but is now back on form, and found the target in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Division C side Biggar United.

Ahead of their clash with Division A title rivals Leithen Rovers this Saturday, the winger said: “I was out for a long time, but the club were brilliant with me and never put any pressure for me to come back too quickly.

“I am really enjoying my football. I have never won the South Cup, but would love to achieve it.”

Scott Nightingale opened the scoring after just five minutes, nipping the ball off the toes of centre half Brian Sheridan, and it was 2-0 after 21 minutes when Shaun Hardie did well to beat his marker and cut the ball back for Liam Wallace to side-foot in from 10 yards.

Gala gifted Biggar a goal when Brad Lochrie scored an own goal on 24 minutes, but it was 3-1 at half-time after Biggar goalkeeper Joe Robinson – who was otherwise his side’s best player – hauled down Michael Blackwood and Jay Wilson fired in the penalty.

Shaun Hardie picked up a deserved goal thanks to substitute Andy Hardie’s precise pass, while Wallace and Wilson added late strikes to complete the scoring.