Royal Albert rue missed chances

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Easthouses Lily MW 1 Hawick Royal Albert 0

EOS FIRST DIVISION

THERE was only one goal in this top of the table clash, however, there could well have been a dozen as both sides were guilty of squandering scoring opportunities.

Royal Albert were the biggest sinners by far, for in the first half in particular the Hawick outfit fluffed a barrow load of chances. And coach Graeme Chadwick for one was not amused.

“We were well on top in the first half and could well have scored six goals but we just could not put the ball in the back of the net and this came back to haunt us,” he told TheSouthern.

“The guys are really deflated about the result as this is a game we should have won.”

The first falling in the opening seconds of the match when Michael Smith found himself in the clear after intercepting a pass back only to shoot tamely at Lily keeper John Falconer.

Minutes later Smith produced another poor finish after being set up by a Kevin Strathdee pass.

Playing some good football, Hawick were looking the likelier side but their finishing did not match their constructive approach work.

Strathdee blazed wide from a Declan Hogg cut back and several other opportunities came the Albert’s way before the break, but try as they might the Albert Park outfit just could not score.

In the second period Easthouses began to show more purpose and Hawick keeper Dean Fry pulled off a superb save in tipping a Ryan McQueenie drive over the bar.

Hawick replied with a sweeping raid and after breaking down the left Strathdee whipped over a low cross, with an empty goal gaping in front of him, Smith however failed to connect.

Smith then rattled a shot over the bar from a scoring position after Falconer had parried a well struck Ronald Fleming effort.

In the 69th minute the deadlock at long last was broken and it was Easthouses who did the scoring.

Defender Steven Campbell emerging their marksman through a speculative angled shot that sailed high into the net.

Within minutes of this both sides were reduced to ten men.

Hawick’s Fleming and Lily’s Liam Grant both being red carded following a clash.

Easthouses soon saw red again when McQueenie was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

From here on Hawick pushed hard for an equaliser but that vital goal just did not arrive.