Legion’s second half resurrection

Hawick Leigon meet Eyemouth Amateurs at Kelso's Woodside Park in the BAL Walls Cup final
Hawick Leigon meet Eyemouth Amateurs at Kelso's Woodside Park in the BAL Walls Cup final

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A dramatic last-gasp goal from midfield man Bryan Tait put victory Hawick Legion’s way in this Walls Cup final at Woodside Park on Friday evening.

At half time, however, your money would have been on the silverware heading 
for the sea-side as Eyemouth were two goals up and 
Legion appeared dead and buried.

But in the second half the Hawick side, having had new life breathed into them through an early strike, not only rose from the grave but climbed to great heights.

Legion assistant manager Tony Craggs was delighted with his side’s triumph and told The Southern: “It was a great win for us. In the first half we did well and created a few chances, but couldn’t score.

“We received a blow though when Eyemouth scored a second goal just before half time. So in the second half we had to regroup. The early goal was just what we needed and after this we got well on top and pushed on.

“It was a superb team effort. All of the boys played really well and we deserved our win.”

On a wet and bleak night, Eyemouth came near to breaking the deadlock in the second minute through a Jamie Logie free kick that whistled narrowly over the bar.

The Legion then showed what they had to offer, and after Scott Duncan had headed a Simon Philbin cross wide, Amateurs keeper Adam Stobbart was brought into action in dealing with a deceptive cross cum shot from Euan Gray.

In the 9th minute Eyemouth opened the scoring when Michael Gillan collected the ball wide on the right and slotted a well-placed shot into the far corner of the net.

With two minutes of the first period remaining, Mark Brown put Eyemouth further in front when driving home a Sword cross. Legion now had an uphill fight on their hands.

In the first constructive attack of the second half, Philbin reduced the leeway in hitting a shot past Stobbart from the edge of the box. And it was now game on.

Apart from Euan Reilly thwarting Logie with a top notch save, Legion ruled the remainder of the match.

Chris Brown notched an equaliser in the 67th minute when heading in a perfectly flighted Callum Hope free kick. and three minutes from time Bryan Tait emerged Legion’s hero in putting away a John Shankie pass.