McEwan’s quartet heaps misery on Selkirk

Ormiston 6

Selkirk 1

EoS FIRST DIVISION

ORMISTON’S Recreation Park ground is not exactly the most attractive of ‘stadia’ at the best of times, with broken glass usually lying all over its small terraced enclosure and graffiti adorning the outside of its cramped dressing rooms.

But for Selkirk, the thought of returning to East Lothian anytime soon will be as appealing as watching Scotland under Craig Levein’s management.

The Souters will also not wish to see Brian McEwan anytime soon, with the pint-sized winger claiming four goals for the perennial First Division strugglers.

The result leaves Selkirk pointless after two games, and gives manager Mike McKinnon plenty to think about.

Bruce Connelly was deputising for John Dodds in goal, and the Hawick teenager had to pick the ball out of his net after 18 minutes when McEwan won the ball on the edge of the area and scored from a tight angle.

The game remained at 1-0 at half-time, but Ormiston shocked their visitors with three goals in the opening five minutes of the second period.

Conor Ramage set up Richard Fairnie to score a counter-attack goal on 47 minutes, and less than 60 seconds later Craig Fisher’s free kick was spilt and Stewart Fisher scrambled the ball home.

Then McEwan finished from a Fairnie cross to put the hosts 4-0 up against a shocked Selkirk outfit.

Lee Stephen scored with 21 minutes left to give McKinnon’s men some hope, but Selkirk conceded again straight away, with Ramage setting up McEwan for his hat-trick.

And the humiliation was complete when McEwan added his fourth and Ormiston’s sixth with 10 minutes remaining.

Selkirk: B. Connelly, K. Munro, B. Milven, J. Higginbottom, L. Pyrkosz, B. Tait, L. Stephen, J. Aitken, J. Gibson, R. Pepper, D. Battle. Subs: J. Watt, R. McManus, A. Butters.