Kelso United 0
EoS FIRST DIVISION
GEORGE RILEY reports from Woodside Park
“The worst defeat since I became manager of United,” was how Kelso manager Prof Blaikie described his team’s loss to bottom of the table Ormiston.
Blaikie said there was no passion or commitment from his team in a very lacklustre performance.
“While sides come to Woodside Park expecting a hard game, this was embarrassing,” he added.
It was the visitors who started better and United keeper David Simmonds was called into action after only three minutes when he had to save a shot from winger Brian McEwan with Kyle Auld’s follow-up shot going wide of the target.
The game had been going 15 minutes before Kelso had an effort on goal, when a Des Burnett shot was cleared by the visitors’ defence. Chris Black then tried a shot from 40yds which went well wide.
On the half-hour mark, a snapshot from Ormiston’s Scott McCarry had Simmonds scrambling across goal and the keeper was called into action again to save from Craig Downie.
United’s best chance of the game came two minutes before the interval. A Black corner on the left was flicked on by Burnett at the near post to Mark Lockhart, whose effort was well saved by former United number one Scott Dowie.
After the break, Burnett had a couple of headers which went wide from a Black free kick and a Jamie Swailes cross respectively.
But it was Ormiston who took the lead on the hour mark when a long ball from the left touchline found McCarry in acres of space in the United box and before the home defence reacted, the visitor’s midfielder slotted the ball beyond Simmonds into the corner of the net.
Ten minutes later things could have been worse for Kelso when right winger Sean Miller out stripped the home defence but shot straight at the home keeper.
United tried to muster an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, but a Burnett shot was saved by Dowie at the near post.
Instead, it was the visitors who came closest when substitute Laurence Tulloch sent through Downie whose effort hit the top of the bar before being cleared.
Kelso United: D. Simmonds, G. Mabon, C. Ferguson (S. Angus 58), S. Harker, S. Tait, D. McNulty, C. Black, J. Swailes, D. Burnett, L. Wallace, M. Lockhart (C. Webb 58).