Kelso United 1
Heriot-Watt University 6
ALEX JACK CUP FIRST ROUND
GEORGE RILEY reports from Woodside Park
KELSO United’s participation in the Alex Jack Cup ended at the first round when they were hit for six by a well-drilled Heriot-Watt University team.
The students proved too strong for the home side and will be a force in the Premier Division this year if they play to this standard every week.
Kelso manager Prof Blaikie said: “We are giving away too many daft goals at the moment and once you are two or three goals down it is always going to be difficult to get something from the game.”
United started on the front foot and set up the first chance after five minutes when Jamie Swailes’ shot went just went over the bar.
The students countered and went ahead in the eighth minute when Aaron James’ cross flew into the net off the boot of Kelso defender David Richardson.
United replied as Swailes and Liam Wallace set up Des Burnett at the edge of the box, but the striker shot over the bar.
The visitor’s went 2-0 up on the quarter-hour mark when a cross from the right wing by Chris Donnelly found Michael Webster, who outjumped keeper Scott Dowie to head into the net.
And the university made it three five minutes later as Michael Connor capitalised on a Dowie mishit clearance to score, and it was four on 30 minutes when Donnelly set up Ronald Napier to bundle the ball over the line.
United got their goal in the 25th minute when new signing Calum McClure rose above the defence to put a powerful header beyond University keeper Craig Saunders.
Burnett nearly got a goal back after the break when he managed to hit a right-foot shot against the crossbar.
But on the hour mark, Heriot-Watt got their fifth when a corner on the right from star player James was headed home by Andy Forbes from six yards.
The visitors rang the changes and it was substitute David Myatt who scored the last goal, running on to a ball supplied by that man James again.
Kelso United: S. Dowie, D. McNulty, S. Angus (J. Lauder 78), D. Richardson, S. Tait (C. Black 67), J. Swailes, A. Swailes, C. McClure, D. Burnett, L. Wallace, G. Gillie (L. Hill 70).