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SCOTSTOWN ROVERS

HALLIBURTON

Scotstown posted their intentions pretty forcibly almost straight from the kick off in this Scottish Cup second round tie, when a shocking challenge was thrown in on N.McDonald and the assailant received a yellow for his trouble.

K.Jaques sent a neat ball down the line for Wilson who delivered a teasing cross, but no takers were on the end of it.

A header off a throw in was a relatively easy take for Halli keeper Sct Marlow and from that he launched a long ball forward which Laing snapped onto and lobbed the well advanced keeper 1-0.

N.McDonald threw a ball down the line for Laing, who turned well and saw a good effort well saved by Davidson in the home goal.

Halli skipper Simpson covered across well to block out an attack before N.Duncan did very well for the visitors, sliding into challenge before releasing K.Jaques. It was predominantly Halliburton now and they came very close to a second goal when Simpson, up for a corner, nodded down into the danger area to Laing, he got it to S,Jaques but he fresh-aired his effort, before slamming the loose ball into the keeper.

Moments laterr it was 0-2 from a straight forward left wing corner when R.Fulton rose to power home a header.

Wilson wildly slammed a half chance over the bar and instantly ripped off his shirt in anger. The homeside raced up field but Turner defended strongly and escorted the ball to safety.

A right wing corner found R.Fulton again but this time he headed wide.

More pressure from Halli saw a superbly driven ball into the danger area from N.Duncan, it was half cleared and fell for Wilson who rifled a shot back off the bar. In dived Laing to pump a header into the net 0-3.

A rare Scotstown attack then caused panic as the visiting Halli defence seemed to have lost the ball in the bright sunlight, but a home player fired his shot well wide.

Laing completed his hat-trick when he lobbed in another one, this time with his left foot from fully 30 yards off a neat ball through from Wilson 0-4. (H.T.0-4)

It was Scotstown who blasted out of the traps but the ball was collected by Sct Marlow in the Halli goal. He then picked out K.Jaques who set up brother S.Jaques with a free header inside the six-yard box which he couldn’t convert. Five minutes later, the brothers combined again with spectacular results. Ball in from the left and this time S.Jaques met it full on the volley and thundered home the fifth goal.

Substitute Brown was handed the opportunity to show what he could do for the remaining 40 minutes, but as he warmed up Scottown tried their best to get back in the game and Simmer drove a decent effort just over the top.

Halli’s Webster then sent through a great ball for S.Jaques but the keeper cleared. On the hour, Turner at the back for Halli broke up an attack, moved forward and played in S.Jaques, he fed Laing who squared to Laing but was offside.

The sixth goal came in the 61st minute when Laing slotted it away.

Brown and Hunter replaced R.Fulton and S.Jaques. Brown found Hunter, onto Laing who squared to Wilson for 0-7.

The next sub saw keeper Andrews introduced in place of Sct Marlow.

K.Jaques delivered a magnificent crossfield ball for Hunter who won a throw-in.Brown played a good ball forward to Hunter but it was cleared upfield. Turner quickly returned the favour and again collected, he found Laing but this time the prolific marksman was inches offside. The striker went nap after good hold up play by Wilson set him up to beat the keeper after running in on goal 0-8.

Howieson joined the fray in place of Wilson before play commenced. Andrews did well to take a cross in off a right wing raid then had to look lively diving at the feet of an attacker seconds later.

Brown was caught in possession, but Turner got there to play in Hunter, he rolled it to Laing who went round the keeper to score an incredible sixth and Halli’s ninth goal. Laing also became the first ever Halli player in 37 seasons to score six in a game.

Right on the final whistle, Hunter had the chance to put them into double figures but the keeper raced oput to boot clear.

Halli are safely through to the next round which now opens up to the whole of Scotland.

Andrew Laing was Halliburton man of the match.

Halliburton - Sct Marlow was in goal; N.McDonald, Turner, Simpson and N.Duncan at the back; in midfield were S.Jaques, Wilson, R.Fulton, Webster and K.Jaques with Laing up top. In reserve were Andrews, Howieson, Hunter and Brown.