Swailes strike is not enough for Tweedsiders

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Easthouses Lily 3

EoS QUALIFYING LEAGUE SECTION B

GEORGE RILEY reports from Woodside Park

KELSO’S first game of the season ended in a home defeat to an enthusiastic Easthouses team in a game played in continuous rain.

The visitors started brightly and United goalie David Simmonds was called into action early, saving from Easthouses striker Kyle Boggie.

This was followed by efforts from Lily’s Graeme Young and Ross Gaylor who both fired shots just off target. Kelso’s best effort in the opening exchanges was from a Chris Black free kick which went over the bar.

Easthouses took the lead after 20 minutes when a neat ball from Craig Studart on the right found Gaylor running through on goal, making no mistake when slipping the ball past Simmonds. The visitors should have went two up four minutes later when Scott Borthwick set up Studart in the box, but somehow the right winger skewed the ball wide.

The Tweedsiders were beginning to find their game in the second period of the first half and their efforts paid off with an equaliser after 39 minutes. A long kick from keeper Simmonds was headed on by Des Burnett to Jamie Swailes, breaking from midfield. The number 10 then struck a right-foot shot past the diving Easthouses keeper.

The visitors struck back with a minute of the first half to go when a free kick on the right was floated into the home box. Simmonds palmed to full back James Currie who whipped a left-foot cross into the six-yard box and Graeme Young rose to head the ball into the net.

Midway through the second half the visitors extended their lead when a ball from wide right was flicked on by the head of Kyle Boggie, and Scott Borthwick was first to react in the box to knock the ball past the United keeper.

Kelso: D. Simmonds, J. McCutcheon, S. Angus (E. Whittle), S. Harker, J. Brown, C. Tait (M. Lockhart), C. Black (J. Milner), D. McNulty, D. Burnett, J. Swailes, J. Lauder.