Legion make final by closest of margins

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Hawick Legion4

Coldstream Amateurs4

(aet, Legion won 7-6 on penalties)

Hawick Legion marched into the final of the Walls Cup following a dramatic penalty shootout at Wilton Lodge Park, writes John Slorance.

In a fast-flowing encounter, in which both sides gave their all in pursuit of cup final glory, Coldstream sailed ahead in the ninth minute. Sean Baillie swung over a corner kick which was punched away by Legion keeper Euan Reilly and the ball hit Coldstream attacker Graham Ford and spun into the net.

Immediately after this, Legion had a golden chance on being awarded a penalty after Ross Allan had handled a Stevie Low shot. However, Andrew McFarlane shot wide from the spot.

Their goal soon came, though, as Mark McFarlane drilled home a Scott Duncan cross.

Legion quickly followed this up with a second, Duncan this time producing the scoring touch by beating Coldstream keeper Scott Triebel with a header on meeting a Euan Gray corner kick.

After Reilly had denied the Streamers an equaliser, pulling off a fine save from Steven Waugh, Legion sailed further ahead.

On breaking down the flank, Gray thundered a low shot into the net.

Two minutes into the second half, Coldstream reduced the leeway through a Scott Turnbull strike.

Turnbull, in turn, slotted away an equaliser.

With no addition to the scoring, the match went into extra time.

Coldstream duly took the lead for the first time when Chris Baillie nodded home a corner kick, before Legion came rallying back and Duncan stuck away an equaliser – making it 4-4 at the end of extra time.

It was now up to penalties to bring about a result and in an exciting climax, it was Legion who came out on top, netting seven to Coldstream’s six.

The Teries’ marksmen were Simon Philbin, Scott Duncan, Callum Hope, Stevie Low, Andrew Maltman, Chris Brown and Euan Reilly.