Kelso United 1 Hawick Royal Albert 5
EOS LEAGUE CUP
Six goals, two penalties, yellow cards in abundance and the sending off of a father and son team.
There was no shortage of incidents in this East of Scotland League Cup encounter at a sun-kissed Woodside Park.
Kelso set the early pace in coming near to scoring in the opening attack of the game when Jordan Hopkins broke clear only to be thwarted by a fine save by Hawick keeper Kyle Rankin.
With nine minutes gone the deadlock was broken at the other end. After having dented the home rear-guard with a thrusting run, Cameron MacFarlane fired in a shot that was parried by the United number one Willie Stewart.
The ball then broke to the feet of giant Albert striker Alieu Faye who slotted home a shot from close range.
Six minutes later Faye put Hawick further ahead with a perfectly taken penalty after MacFarlane had been brought down by Ryan Beveridge.
The Tweedsiders came rallying back and after a Ben Herdman shot had been cleared off the line by Robert Boyd, Ewan Hutchison was unfortunate not to get his name on the score sheet in driving the ball against the underside of the bar.
With a minute of the first half remaining Hawick increased their lead.
Faye again emerging the marksman in completing his hat trick when tucking away a MacFarlane cut back.
Two minutes into the second period, United reduced the leeway with a deserved goal.
Latching onto a long through ball, Kyle Blaikie produced the scoring touch in beating Rankin all the way with a sweetly struck drive that raged into the roof of the net.
After MacFarlane had been foiled by a Stewart stop, Hawick struck again on the hour mark.
MacFarlane emerging the marksman in rattling home a low cross from Stewart Crozier.
Within minutes of this Kelso were sent reeling through two dismissals, both involving the Blaikie family.
Referee Ryan Lee, who had been attracting plenty of attention in brandishing out yellow cards galore, first of all gave Kyle Blaikie his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
United manager Prof Blaikie, Kyle’s father soon followed his son’s departure in being sent from the technical area for making remarks towards the referee.
Ten man Kelso duly went further behind when a cleverly worked move from a short corner involving Crozier and Gavin Pettigrew cutting inside from the flank and shooting past Stewart.
In the closing seconds Hawick got a second penalty.
Faye again took the award but there was to be no joy for the Albert men this time as his shot was well saved by the diving Stewart.