Hawick triumph in Walls Cup final to end eight-year trophy drought

The winning own goal scored by Eyemouth to clinch it for Hawick.
The winning own goal scored by Eyemouth to clinch it for Hawick.

Eyemouth Amateurs 1

Hawick United 2

It may not have been a cup final remembered for its fast flowing silky football.

However, it was nevertheless a cup final that was a memorable occasion as far as Hawick United were concerned.

For after eight years of not getting their hands on any silverware, the ‘Tangerines’ lifted the Walls Cup at Woodside Park, Kelso, on Friday evening to end their season on a high note.

With both sides taking time to settle, the game got off to a quiet start. Play was ragged and there was no hint of a goal arriving at either end until Eyemouth’s Jeff Colin came close to changing the flow of things when jinking his way out of a challenge and driving a shot against the post.

Minutes later Hawick’s stand-in keeper Chris Anderson, who was deputising for regular number one Dean Fry, excelled in pulling off a brilliant save from Colin.

United then showed what they had to offer when Kevin Strathdee broke clear down the right flank and cut inside before blazing over the bar.

Apart from Daniel Bolton heading a Kevin Strathdee corner kick inches over the bar and Kevin Strathdee having an effort held by Eyemouth keeper Adam Stobbart, the remainder of the first period was something of a non-event.

With three minutes of the second period gone however, the game burst into life.

Kevin Strathdee whipped a free kick over the face of the goalmouth and Kevin Paterson powered in a header, which entered the net after cannoning off the post.

This goal was to be a real tonic for United as the Wilton Lodge Park men immediately awoke from their first half slumber and began to buzz. Aaron Swailes first of all came near to scoring with a clever scissors kick on meeting a Daniel Bolton lay off. Stobbart then put up the shutters with fine stops from Kevin Strathdee and Bolton.

United were in the driving seat but in the 81st minute, Eyemouth snatched an equaliser from out of the blue through a Connor Lough header.

Four minutes later, United restored their lead.

Breaking upfield from his defensive role, full back Ryan Shepherd danced his way out of two tackles before hitting over a low cross which was turned into the net by the unfortunate Eyemouth defender Daniel Crowe.