A VIRTUOSO Ernie Hammond hat-trick should have bagged three points for Scarva Rangers Reserves on Saturday.
But complacency afflicted the hosts in this Mid-Ulster Reserve Division Three encounter at Scarva Park and they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
An under-strength Scarva side took an early lead when Noel Hamilton’s dangerous corner was lashed home from close range by Hammond.
The visitors were quickly back on level terms, when an attempted Scarva clearance struck the head of a Silverwood Reserves player and veered into the net.
Ryan Dodds was the architect of Scarva’s second goal of the game, bolting down the left wing and delivering a pinpoint cross that Hammond fired clinically home.
Hammond’s third goal was sublime. Collecting a neat pass from Phillip Magill, he nimbly drifted past the keeper before coolly slotting home.
It was a perfectly platform on which to build a comprehensive victory but the hosts were guilty of taking their foot off the accelerator and they paid a painful price.
They squandered a series of chances and were punished when the visitors scored from a free kick.
Despite being reduced to ten men Silverwood fashioned out an equaliser and almost grabbed a late winner with a well struck free kick that slammed against the Rangers’ crossbar.
Best for Scarva Rangers Reserves was hat-trick hero Ernie Hammond.