Melrose man Allan makes merry in Hawick

Melrose teenager Lewis Allan playing for Hibernian EOS
Melrose teenager Lewis Allan playing for Hibernian EOS

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Glasgow Warriors stole the show at the Greenyards on Saturday in winning the Melrose sevens.

At Albert Park however, it was Melrose who stole the show.

For Melrose teenager Lewis Allan helped guide Hibernian EOS to a win that maintained their top spot in the East of Scotland first division league table with a double strike as well as laying on a goal.

During a quiet opening spell Hawick were first to look like scoring when Sean Loughlin had a header blocked by Jordan Sinclair on meeting a well flighted Ronald Fleming corner kick.

Graeme Young was then off target with a header before Max Todd dented the Albert defence with a darting run only to fire wide.

With 17 minutes gone, Hibernian took the lead when Allan took advantage of some poor defending following a corner kick to stab the ball over the line from close range.

In the 27th minute, Hibernian went further ahead.

Allan threaded a pass to the feet of Todd, who surged forward to waltz round Hawick keeper Dean Fry and shoot home.

Although playing into the swirling breeze, title chasing Hibernian had the upper hand for the remainder of the first half but failed to make the most of several good scoring opportunities.

Two minutes into the second period however, the Edinburgh outfit did produce the scoring touch.

Aaron Dunsmore floated over a cross which Allan met with force with his head and although the diving Fry got a hand to the ball, the Hibernian striker’s effort found the back of the net.

Within minutes of this, Fry kept the visitors at bay in pulling off a fine save from Todd.

From here on it was one way traffic.

Hibernian pushed forward and Hawick had their backs to the wall.

A young Hibernian side should have added to their tally only to flop in front of goal.