A GOAL in injury time by Liam Wallace earned Kelso a draw in the Qualifying League encounter at Woodside Park, writes George Riley.
With only three minutes of the match remaining, it seemed an impossible situation for the Tweedsiders – Eyemouth were two up with goals from Johnny Waugh and a penalty from Alan Jess. However, Kelso conjured up two goals with strikes from Jordan Lauder and Wallace to salvage a point.
“It wasn’t a great game and we only really started to play at a decent tempo when we went two goals down,” said Kelso manager Prof Blaikie. “I knew it would be difficult and that Eyemouth would give a bit extra due to a recent change in management.”
The home side had the first sight of a goal in the 10th minute when Lauder shot tamely into the arms of Eyemouth debutant keeper Keith Hood.
Eyemouth nearly opened the scoring in the 65th minute, but the game only really came to life with 10 minutes remaining.
The Fishermen took the lead when defender George Windram launched a long free kick into the box, which was headed out by the Kelso defence, but only to substitute Waugh, who shot home from 12 yards.
The visitors went ahead two minutes later when Kelso keeper Elliott Turnbull let fly with his feet when challenged while holding on to the ball. Referee Paul Hanlon showed him a yellow card and awarded a penalty to Eyemouth, which Jess converted with a spot kick.
The home side reduced the deficit with three minutes remaining – a long ball down the middle saw Lauder knock a header past Windram and as the keeper came out, the Kelso striker moved to his right and stroked the ball into the net to get his 10th goal of the season.
Kelso then equalised in injury time when Grant Gass floated a free kick to the penalty spot, which was headed out by the defence to Wallace, who thundered the ball into the net.