Waverley leave it late in South Cup quarter final match

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Hawick Waverley2

Chirnside United1

TWO goals during a two-minute spell in the second half earned Waverley a place in the quarter-finals of the South of Scotland Cup, writes John Slorance.

On a heavy surface, Waverley were first to threaten when Scott Craig rattled in a shot that forced Chirnside keeper Martin Todd into making an early save.

United then showed what they had to offer and Tony Craggs came to Waverley’s rescue, clearing a Duncan Morrison header off the goal line following a Kevin Strachan corner kick.

Minutes later, Waverley had a golden opportunity to open the scoring on being awarded a penalty after Ryan Shepherd had been brought down in the box by Morrison. Liam Lavery took the resultant kick, but there was to be no goal for the Waverley man as his shot was saved by Todd.

In the 24th minute, Morrison put United ahead, heading home a well-flighted corner.

Waverley made the running after the break and Craig McCutcheon came close to snatching an equaliser with a clever back-heeler from close range.

Although legs were tiring on the gluepot surface, both sides were showing great commitment. There were no further goals, though, until Waverley struck in the 75th minute.

On being fed by a Peter Gellaitry pass, Shepherd fired in a shot that entered the net after cannoning off United’s Jamie Stobie. Two minutes later, Liam Lavery notched what was to be the winner, driving a Shepherd pass past Todd.