Harker the double angel has Kelso singing

Easthouses Lily 3

Kelso United 3


GEORGE RILEY reports from Mayfield Park

A GLORY double strike by central defender Stuart Harker earned United a well-deserved draw on Saturday.

The game was somewhat pedestrian and there was a dearth of opportunities until the half-hour mark when the game sprang to life.

A corner on the left by Chris Black was cleared to the edge of the box to Harker, who unleashed a right-foot shot with bend and pace. Home keeper Bryan Young could only watch as the ball hit the top left corner of the net.

This was followed by a Black swivel and shot that went straight into Young’s arms.

Three minutes before half-time, Easthouses drew level, a long searching ball from the back deceived both Harker and Paul Dumma and found its way to home winger Ryan Curran to place a 12-yard shot past United keeper David Simmonds.

Then in the last minute of the first period, Easthouses took the lead when they were awarded a free kick after John McCutcheon upended Craig Stupart at the edge of the box.

Striker Kyle Boggie stepped up and bent a left-footed shot round the United wall and beyond Simmonds.

Ten minutes into the second half, United drew level.

A throw from Black found Aaron Swailes and the youngster got in a good southpaw cross to the back post, where Harker was lurking, and the big defender managed to outmuscle the home defence and poked the ball in the net to get his second of the match.

Midway through the half, the home team edged in front again.

A long ball from the right saw Dumma and Easthouses substitute Ross Gaylor rising for the ball in the box. Dumma won the header, but put the ball past the helpless United keeper and into his own net.

However, with hardly a minute gone from the restart, United made it 3-3 when a corner on the left by Jonny Waugh was placed at the near post and Steven Tait came powering in to nip in front of the Easthouses defence and bullet the ball into the home net.

Kelso United: D. Simmonds, J. McCutcheon, S. Angus, P. Dumma, S. Harker, C. Black, S. Tait (C. Faulconer 80), D. Mc Nulty, J. Waugh, A. Swailes and J. Milner (J Coles 65).