Kelso United flummoxed by Fifers

football in net
football in net

Kelso United 1 Burntisland Shipyard 2

EOS FIRST DIVISION

United slipped another place down the league following this home defeat to their Fife visitors.

Burntisland created the first opportunity on goal when a cross from the right was deflected off the head of United defender Darren Bowie into the path of Shipyard striker Keith Buckley whose headed effort hit the post.

The visitors went in front after 20 minutes when Grant Gass was adjudged to have tripped Adam Doig running through on goal, there seemed to minimal contact but referee Paul Hanlon pointed to the spot and Doig picked himself up and put the spot kick under the diving Elliott Turnbull.

On the half hour mark United midfielder Liam Wallace beat two defenders down the left before crossing to the back post where Jordan Lauder was at full stretch to just head wide.

The Tweedsider’s were building up steam and good work by firstly Chris Black then Wallace saw the latter cross for Lauder whose powerful header was making for the corner of the net until visiting keeper Mikey Couser somehow managed to stick out his left hand to push the ball round the post.

The home side pressure paid off in the 33rd minute when Wallace placed a perfect pass onto the left foot of Lauder and the big striker made no mistake with a fierce shot.

Lauder had a chance to make it two after 40 minutes when he managed to turn defender Blair Smart on the penalty spot and with only the keeper to beat he fired straight at Couser who saved pushing the ball out to Wallace whose shot hit the bar and was cleared from danger.

Burntisland changed keepers at half time and substitute Jordan Mushet was quickly in the action diving to tip a Lauder shot wide.

Just after an hour again United set up a chance when Lauder swung a cross to Shane Bonnington who volleyed the ball back across goal where Ryan Beveridge was running in but the midfielder’s effort slid wide of the goal.

Wallace then had a right foot shot from 20 yards which was held by keeper Mushet.

The visitors regained the lead after 74 minutes a ball down the left found tall substitute Daniel Watt lurking at the edge of the box and the youngster lifted a chip shot which nestled into the top corner of the net beyond Turnbull.

The Fifers went down to ten men in the dying moments of the match when Doig was sent off receiving a second yellow for a foul on Bowie.

Kelso United: E. Turnbull, B. Herdman, C. Black (J. Milner 89), D. Bowie, D. McNulty, R. Beveridge, S. Bonnington (A. Tait 84), G. Gass, J. Lauder, D. Hogg, L. Wallace.