Hawick Royal Albert 3
Eyemouth United 1
Royal Albert gained sweet revenge for a recent defeat at the hands of Eyemouth United by well and truly turning the tables, writes John Slorance.
With neither side showing much flair or enterprise, few scoring chances were being created and there was not much sign of a goal until Hawick sailed into the lead in the 38th minute.
Ronald Fleming drove in a free kick which was punched away by United keeper Adam Mutch.
The ball then broke into the path of Michael McKenzie, who unleashed a shot that Mutch reached with a hand, but failed to stop.
With five minutes of the second period gone, the Albert stretched their lead.
Michael Smith tore a gap in the Eyemouth defence with a mazy run, weaving in from the left, before producing a spot-on finish out of the reach of the helpless Mutch.
Four minutes later, the hosts struck again.
Mutch failed to hold an angled Calvin Muttitt effort and the lurking Nick Ramsay netted from close range.
In the 69th minute, Albert were reduced to 10 men.
McKenzie, who had been booked earlier, upended Gavin Burrell with a rash challenge.
Edinburgh referee Stuart Luke brandished a second yellow card which led to a red and it was the end of the game for the Hawick captain.
Eyemouth began to come into the scene after this and Keith Buckley powered a header over the bar on meeting a Burrell corner.
In the 86th minute, however, United did open their account.
Alan Jess emerged the marksman, slotting away a Gordon McInnes cross.
Almost on time, Albert keeper Martin Stewart denied Eyemouth a second when saving well from Kris Yere.
Hawick assistant manager John Fettes told The Southern: “The first half was a bit scrappy, but on balance we had the better of the play.
“I thought we improved greatly in the second half and went on to dominate the game.
“We deserved our win and it was a good result for us”.