Another point for United

Craigroyston 2

Kelso United 2

EoS FIRST DIVISION

GEORGE RILEY reports from St Mark’s Park

UNITED’S penultimate game of the league campaign ended in another draw – their eighth of the season.

On a sunny but breezy afternoon, the game started with a bang as two goals were scored in the first five minutes.

The game had been going only three minutes when the home side went in front. After some good work down the right, the ball was headed by fullback Jonathan Durie to the near post, where Kyle Hay was lurking, and the forward turned and fired past United keeper Bruce Connelly.

However, two minutes later, Kelso were back on equal terms. A free kick from just inside the United half was launched forward to the edge of the Craigroyston box by Stuart Harker. Indecision in the home back line between Michael Stewart and Jonathan Durie saw the latter getting his head to the ball and inadvertently placing it over the out-rushing keeper’s head and into the empty net.

United could have taken the lead after 15 minutes when Des Burnett won the ball on the left edge of the home box and squared for Chris Black, but unfortunately the midfielder shot over. On the half-hour mark, Connelly had to look smart to dive to his left to prevent a goalbound effort from Craigie striker Ubong Umatong.

Craigroyston went back in front on the hour mark when a shot from the edge of the box was well parried by the United keeper, but the ball landed at the feet of fullback Ross Cameron, who was in the right place to knock it in from six yards.

The visitors would not lie down and it came as no surprise when they equalised again after 72 minutes with a terrific individual effort from Damien McNulty.

Following some good passing down the right, McNulty picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and after waltzing past three defenders hit a sweet left-foot shot which gave home keeper Stewart Addison no chance of stopping.

A good tip over the bar at full stretch by Connelly kept the home side at bay when Steven Manson tried his luck from 25 yards, while United almost snatched a winner when a ball from substitute Mark Lockhart found Des Burnett bearing down on the keeper.

The striker’s effort hit Addison’s leg and careered across the goal, but Keiren Dodd got to the ball just before the number nine could follow up.

Kelso United: B. Connelly, D. McNulty, S. Angus (P. Dumma), J. McCutcheon, S. Harker, S. Tait, J. Milner, C. Black, D. Burnett, M. Robertson (M. Lockhart), A. Swailes (J. Waugh).