Burnett strike fails to save the day for outplayed Kelso

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Kelso United1

Berwick Rangers

Reserves4

UNITED were well beaten at home in their East of Scotland First Division tie against a youthful and well organised Berwick side, writes George Riley.

The home team never got into the game and were outplayed for most of the match.

The seasiders took the lead after 15 minutes when a cross found striker Connor Scott at the near post and Johnny Fairbairn added another on the half-hour mark.

United had a half-chance minutes later when Darren Bowie rose to head a Chris Black free kick, but the defender’s header went wide.

The visitors increased their advantage after Shaun Meikle’s effort was parried by Elliott Turnbull to Jordan Davidson who powered a shot goal wards. Unfortunately for Kelso, Chris Black, trying to defend, put his header into the net.

The home side reduced the deficit when substitute Liam Wallace found Des Burnett in the box. The striker’s shot was fumbled by Berwick keeper Lyle Sloan, but the number nine followed up to ram the ball over the line.

The danger was always coming down the right from Berwick and again it proved to be in the 76th minute when Lewis Turner beat two defenders before passing to Greig Tulloch who rifled home.

Kelso’s day got worse 10 minutes from time when Turnbull was shown the red card for upending Keith Buckley in the box.

The resultant penalty from Brady was saved by Burnett who donned the keeper’s jersey.