Keeper White gets lots of exercise in first game for ‘awful’ Albert

Hawick Royal Albert 3

Edinburgh City 12

IMAGE PRINTERS CUP FIRST ROUND

JOHN SLORANCE reports from Albert Park

RAIN fell, goals poured in and Hawick Royal Albert got washed away in this cup tie.

In quite a remarkable game, Hawick’s day of misery began as early as the second minute when Dougie Gair fired City ahead.

Making his debut in goal for Royalists, new signing Michael White from Hawick Waverley then denied Edinburgh a second with an excellent save when diverting a Michael Dick shot over the bar with his foot.

On the quarter-hour mark, though, Dick did find the net, slotting away a Miles Hunter cut-back.

With 24 minutes gone, Albert reduced the leeway. Mark Deans swung over a corner kick and Roddy McConnell headed the ball to the feet of Jody Easdon, who rattled a shot past City keeper Allan MacKintosh. Nine minutes later Easdon scored again, but this time around it was at the other end as the Albert midfield man put the ball into his own net when attempting to clear a Gary Cennerazzo cross.

With three minutes of the second half gone, Paul Devlin increased City’s lead by turning home a Hunter cross.

Two minutes later, Hunter put Hawick into further arrears. A superior City side were now running the show and after Gair had stuck in a sixth, Dick netted three times.

Rampant Edinburgh then went into double figures by courtesy of an Andrew Maltman own goal.

The Teries hit back to score through a Luke Cooper penalty after Shaun Harrison had handled in the box. City replied with a Devlin strike.

Minutes later, Peter Gellaitry got himself on the Albert scoresheet when driving home a Luke Cooper pass.

Edinburgh however, had the last say minutes from time, Hunter completing the scoring, placing a pass from Gair out of the reach of White.

Commenting on his side’s rock bottom showing, Albert manager Mick Murphy told TheSouthern: “At half-time I told the players that we were still in the game, although two goals down. In the second half, however, we lost our shape, our discipline and also lost heart. We were just awful, if not worse.”

Hawick Royal Albert: M. White, S. Sharkey, M. Cooper (A. Maltman), C. Wilson, R. McConnell, B. Tait, L. Lavery, P. Gellaitry, M. Deans (L. Cooper), J. Easdon (C. Robb), K. McGaughey.