Hardie’s goal spurs promotion

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BAL DIVISION C

A LATE goal by Andy Hardie sealed Gala Hotspur’s first league triumph for 26 years.

Spurs created numerous chances throughout the game but faced an inspired performance from Tweedmouth keeper Graham Cain.

However, Cain went from hero to villain when he was adjudged to have held onto the ball too long and referee Alex Laidlaw gave an indirect free kick to Gala with eight minutes left.

Rob Young laid the ball off for Hardie, who blasted the ball underneath the jumping wall and into the net to spark wild celebrations on the Hotspur bench and among their supporters who travelled to Berwick.

Gala started well and should have gone ahead when Callum Gass had two shots in quick succession appear to cross the goalline, only for referee Laidlaw to rule both ‘goals’ out.

At the other end, Glen Murray made a superb save from Michael Patterson’s bobbling shot.

Spurs battered the Tweedmouth goal at the start of the second period, but could not find the net.

Luke Gierus’ 25-yard shot was parried away by Cain and Darren Tweedie’s close range header was cleared off the line, while Patterson should have scored at the other end with a header that went wide.

But eventually Hardie scored to seal Gala’s return to the BAL B Division.