Hawick show little concern for Welfare

Hawick Royal Albert, in blue, scored a commendable cup tie away win (picture by Alan Wilson)
Hawick Royal Albert, in blue, scored a commendable cup tie away win (picture by Alan Wilson)
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Whitehill Welfare 2, Hawick Royal Albert 3

Hawick Royal Albert booked a place in the semi-final of the Football Nation East of Scotland Qualifying Cup with a creditable win in Midlothian.

Royalists got off to a flying start by opening the scoring in the fifth minute when Josh Morris beat Welfare keeper Bryan Young with a chipped shot from a Ryan Stevenson cross.

Twelve minutes later, the Albert went further ahead following another Stevenson cross. Kris Mitchell this time found the net with a looping header.

No further goals arrived during the first half.

With five minutes of the second period gone, Whitehill reduced the leeway -

Michael Osbourne emerged as the Ferguson Park side’s marksman in heading home a Connor McGregor corner kick.

In the 70th minute, Mitchell restored Royalists’ two-goal lead, tucking away a loose ball after shots by Morris and Jon McInally had been blocked.

Welfare notched a second with 11 minutes remaining through John Williams, who beat Hawick keeper Kyle Rankin with a header on meeting a well-flighted Charlie Denton corner kick.

Albert manager Dean Shanks said of his side’s triumph: “Following a promising start, we switched off for a while but we got back on course again. It was a great result for us but we could well have won by more.”

Royalists meet Lothian Thistle/HV in the semi-final at Albert Park at a date yet to be arranged.

A victory would earn the Albert their first cup final outing for some considerable time.