Kelso lose out to title chasers

Easthouses Lily v Kelso United
Easthouses Lily v Kelso United

Easthouses Lily 2 Kelso United 0

EOS FIRST DIVISION

It was a game that Easthouses needed to win to set up a Division I title decider against Hibs next Saturday and they eventually overcame United with goals from forwards Mark Brown and Rory McKinnon.

United had the home side under pressure for most of the game after conceding a goal midway through the first half but were hit with the sucker punch four minutes from time when Easthouses grabbed their second.

Lily had the advantage of the strong wind in the first period and almost caused havoc in the United defence when Brown lobbed a shot into the box which went over the head of Kelso keeper Willie Stewart but fortunately, for the United No1, hit the post and bounced back into his arms.

The keeper was not so lucky in the 24th minute as Brown picked up a poor defensive header and produced a right foot shot which deflected off the outstretched leg of Ben Herdman and nestled in the bottom corner of the net beyond Stewart.

United should have equalised just after the half hour mark when Shane Bonnington slung in a perfectly flighted cross from the right to the back post where Jordan Lauder rose unchallenged for a header but the big front man’s effort fell tamely into keeper Steven Hay’s arms.

This was followed by a Grant Gass free kick from 30 yards which went inches over the bar with the home keeper struggling.

Gass was in the action again when a Lauder corner on the right hit the midriff of the midfielder in the six yard box and bobbed into the hands of Hay.

United continued to press in the second half and Gass found Lauder with a through ball however the striker dragged his left foot drive wide of the post.

Although Kelso kept going forward they were hit in the 86th minute when giant substitute John Hunter crossed from the left edge of the box, United’s Sean Angus tried to clear but missed the ball which fell to McKinnon to fire home from 6 yards.

Kelso United: W. Stewart, B. Herdman, S. Angus, C. Black, D. McNulty, S. Tait (A. Tait 75), S. Bonnington (L. Palmer 85), G. Gass, J. Lauder, D. Hogg, L. Hill (J. Milner 70).