Matthew Cooper was relegated to the bench for this game, with Keiran Stewart taking his place at right back. Gunny too was left out with Chris Dodd coming in for him.
City got a very early scare when Hawick moved forward with intent and a venomous Kris Mitchell shot looked net bound until Marc Waters hurled himself sideways and upwards to bring off a world class save. Who knows what might have happened had that one gone in.
But City quickly got into their stride and were rewarded with the opening goal from Shane Sutherland. A couple of passes were exchanged and Shane beat the Hawick keeper with a clever flick. Hawick lost their left back after 9 minutes being involved in a challenge with Archie MacPhee.
City continued to press and Daniel Moore and Shane had attempts on goal. Brian Cameron then went close for City, but his effort was saved by the Hawick keeper. However the he could do nothing to stop City’s second goal. This time the provider was Daniel Moore, but the finishing touch was again applied by Shane Sutherland.
After half an hour Hawick should have got their first goal but were denied by Marc Waters in the City goal. However they were not to be denied and after 32 minutes, reduced the leeway through Kris Mitchell. But City went two in front again following good work by Chris Dodd who supplied the pass for Shane Sutherland to score his hat-trick.
Two minutes later Hawick should have reduced the deficit when Josh Morris was in on goal with only Marc Waters to beat. I don’t know if the moment got to him, but he sliced it past Marc’s right hand hand post. A real let off for the City.
At half-time therefore the score was 3-1 to the City, but it could have been oh so different had chances from both sides been taken.
Hawick made a real determined effort to get back into the game at the start of the second half, but luck was not on their side and in fact City went further ahead on 53 minutes. Daniel Moore went on a run which took him past three players. He then cut along the by-line and chipped in a beautiful cross which seemed to confuse the Hawick defenders. It didn’t confuse Chris McLeish who didn’t need a second invitation to blast it home for City’s 4th goal.
And 10 mins later City score a fifth goal when Chris Dodd set up Brian Cameron beautifully to drill a low shot right through the keeper for City’s 5th goal. Matty Cooper then came on in place of Thomas Reilly. Matty went to right back with Keiran Stewart slipping into Thomas’s role in midfield. Then Craig Gunn came on in a straight swap for Chris McLeish.
In the 73rd minute City scored their 6th goal when Shane netted his 4th. With 15 mins to go City made their final substitution with Jamie Reid replacing Daniel Moore and a minute after coming on he provided the pass for Gunny to get himself on to the scoresheet and City’s 7th goal.
With just a minute left on the clock City put the icing on the cake when clever play and a tiring Hawick defence contributed to Brian Cameron’s 2nd and City’s eighth goal.