Team effort sees Tweedsiders topple leaders

KELSO ,  UNITED KINGDOM - 01 Oct 2011: 'East of Scotland League, First Division'Kelso United 2 - 6 Heriot-Watt University'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance )

KELSO , UNITED KINGDOM - 01 Oct 2011: 'East of Scotland League, First Division'Kelso United 2 - 6 Heriot-Watt University'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance )

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A great team effort by Kelso United saw the home team defeat table toppers Hibs at a very blustery Woodside Park on Saturday afternoon.

Two goals from Jordan Lauder and one from debutant Declan Hogg earned the points for the Tweedsiders.

Prof Blaikie was a happy manager after the game saying: “All credit to the boys everyone did really well and showed great grit and determination to match Hibs.

“Captain Elliott Turnbull had a tremendous game producing a number of crucial saves.”

United started brightly and went ahead with seven minutes gone. A through ball from midfield saw Shane Bonnington running towards the box where he was challenged by both Hibs central defenders Robert Wilson and Neil Martynuik. In the tangle the ball broke to Lauder who swept a right foot shot past the static Douglas Horne in the visitor’s goal.

Good defensive work by United’s Darren Bowie and Damien McNulty then blocked a goal bound effort by striker Scott Martin the ball looping into the arms of Turnbull.

Hibs equalised in the 25th minute when Gareth McCaffrey found Lewis Allan on the edge of the box and the blond striker swivelled and shot past the diving Turnbull.

The visitors nearly edged ahead with ten minutes of the half left as Ryan Wilson swung in a corner which was met by the head of Wilson but Turnbull was equal to the task palming the ball round the post.

Hibs had another opportunity on the hour when a cross from the left by James Beaton found full back Aaron Dunsmore free at the back post. However the defender put his header wide.

Kelso went ahead again a minute later when a free kick was awarded 30 yards out which Lauder drove towards goal> Visiting keeper Horne seemed to have it covered however he lost the flight and ended up diving with the ball going over him into the net.

United made it three in the 79th minute with a route one goal. A long clearance by Turnbull saw Declan Hogg get ahead of the Hibs defence and the youngster kept a steady head and placed a shot which hit the inside of the post before settling in the net.

Turnbull was in action again saving two shots before he was eventually beaten in the last minute of the match when Allan headed in a cross from Dean Horribine.