Netherdale for thrills as Kelso comeback to haunt Peebles

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Peebles Rovers 3

Kelso United 5

EoS First Division

The game was literally a game of two halves at a windswept Netherdale as Kelso turned around a two-goal half-time deficit to defeat 10-man Peebles, writes George Riley.

With the wind at their backs, Peebles were 3-1 up at the break.

Rovers dominated the early play and on 15 minutes a Jamie Adamson corner found John Manson unmarked at the edge of the box, who fired into the top corner of the net.

Kelso equalised just before the half-hour mark as Des Burnett coolly slotted the ball beyond advancing keeper Graham O’Brian.

Ten minutes before the break, Peebles went back in front as a goalmouth melee saw Damien McNulty score an unfortunate own goal, and on 42 minutes Greig Shortreed’s inch-perfect cross was headed home by Craig Edgar.

A minute from half-time Peebles’ influential midfielder Manson was red-carded for a headbutt on United defender Chris Black.

The second half saw Kelso put their numerical advantage to good use as Burnett completed his hat-trick, with Jordan Lauder and Garry Mabon adding the remaining goals for a dramatic turnaround.

Kelso Utd: J. Cowe, J. McCutcheon, S. Angus, D. McNulty, G. McNulty, C. Black, S. Tait, C. McClure (L. Hill 82), G. Gillie (G. Mabon 68), D. Burnett, L. Wallace (D. Bowie 83), J. Lauder.

Peebles Rovers: G. O’Brian, G. Shortreed, D. Linton, D. Clark, A. Williamson (S. Ford 64), J. Adamson (A. Noble 58), N. Cairns, M. MacKenzie, C. Edgar, J. Manson, B. Nwaze (J. Watt 79).