Late surge earns Kelso United share of the spoils

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United staged a great second half comeback to gain a league point at Woodside Park.

The Tweedsiders looked to have it all to do in the second period two goals down and reduced to ten men with Dean Boyne sent off midway through the first half.

However goals from Dean Clark and Steven Tait secured an unlikely draw.

The home team had the first sight of goal after five minutes when Ian Cowan had a right foot shot saved by keeper Jordan Mushet.

The Fifers opened the scoring with 10 minutes gone as they worked the ball along the edge of the box from right to left, Ewan Henderson finding his striking partner Adam Doig in space. The No 9’s shot hit the inside of the post before nestling in the net behind Elliott Turnbull.

Turnbull then had to push away a free kick from winger Shaun Keatings which was heading to the top corner of the goal.

Kelso went down to ten men just before the half hour mark as Boyne was given his marching orders by Edinburgh referee Daniel Graves. Having already been booked the midfielder got involved in a fracas with Brendan Napier and the second yellow was shown quickly followed by red.

Burntisland increased their advantage six minutes from the break as Napier slipped past a couple of defenders before crossing to Keatings who bundled the ball over the line from 4 yards.

A mazy run 15 minutes into the second half by Island’s Dale Robertson almost extended the visitors lead however his right foot shot grazed the outside of the post.

United were awarded an indirect free kick in the 67th minute as Fife keeper Mushet got in a tangle from a pass back and handled the ball in the box. At the left side of the area Liam O’Rourke laid the ball into the path of Dean Clark and the big defenders shot thundered into the top corner of the net.

United had another chance twelve minutes later as Damien McNulty ran down the left and crossed into the box but Shane Bonnington miskicked and the ball was cleared.

Turnbull was then called into action as he saved a point blank effort from Doig having been sent through by Keatings.

The home team equalised with two minutes of the match remaining. A free kick was awarded at the junction of the half way and touchline. Turnbull launched the ball to the back post where Steven Tait met the ball in full flight his header flashing past the despairing Mushet.