Cup encounter is all-action affair

Hawick Waverley3

Linton Hotspur1

This Waddell Cup encounter needed extra time to bring about a result as well as producing three penalties and two send- offs, writes John Slorance.

Hotspur were first to look like scoring when Campbell Forsyth fired a free kick just wide, before Waverley showed what they had to offer through some flowing raids ending with Steven Sharkey and Aaron Swailes both going close.

Linton goalkeeper Leigh Gordon was outstanding and pulled off a top notch save when tipping a Liam Gellaitry drive round the post.

Minutes later a Shaz Ramzan goal line clearance prevented Taylor Hope from putting the home men ahead.

Early in the second period Waverley were awarded a penalty following a handling offence and Jason Inglis took the spot kick, but his shot was kept out by Gordon.

In the 73rd minute Hotspur sailed in front against the run of play when Elliot Winyard hit over a low cross which was stuck away by Callum Murray.

Waverley came rallying back and after Taylor Hope had been brought down, got another penalty. Luke Cooper was the taker this time around but was foiled by another splendid save from Gordon.

Eight minutes from time Waverley got a third spot kick when Taylor Hope was brought down by Forsyth. Hope took the penalty himself and made no mistake with a well-placed shot.

Although normal time was running out there was plenty of action to come 
and after a Cooper shot had come off the bar, Hotspur were reduced to 10 men when Forsyth was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

The cup tie duly went into extra time and in the sixth minute substitute Ross McLeod put Waverley ahead in touching home a Shepherd cross, and three minutes later Shepherd whipped over a cross from a similar spot, which was rattled away by Cooper. In the second period Hotspur’s Winyard was red-carded.