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HAVING been three goals to the good at midway, Kelso United suffered a severe blow in the second half of this East of Scotland First Division clash, writes George Riley.

For the match completely turned in the second half and the home side replied with three goals of their own to level the match.

United began the game full of confidence and were soon into their stride, scoring after 12 minutes.

A goalbound Liam Wallace shot was blocked by a defender, but Calum McClure was not to be denied and drove home from close range.

The home side responded and United keeper Elliott Turnbull did well to turn over a long-range effort from Yard’s midfielder Craig Lowe.

Kelso increased their lead in the 22nd minute when McClure knocked in a Damien McNulty cross.

Just after the half hour mark Kelso made it three when McClure was tripped in the box by Lee Henderson and referee Scott Lambie had no hesitation pointing to the spot. McClure rifled home the penalty.

The home team manager Myles Allan made a few substitutions and positional adjustments at half time and this seemed to rejuvenate the Burntisland team.

United lost hat trick hero McClure, to an ankle injury, after nine minutes of the second half and within a minute the home team scored their first through Lee Henderson. Two minutes later, the home side made it two. Renato Sartarello found himself in space around the penalty area and made no mistake with his finish.

Midway through the second half and Burntisland were level when Gavin Bridges bundled the ball over the line.

United nearly stole the game with two minutes to go when Shane Bonnington broke down the right and passed to Liam Wallace unmarked 12 yards out, but the midfielder blasted over the bar.