Kelso United 3
Leith Athletic 2
League Cup section B
George Riley reports from Woodside Park
KELSO United saved their best performance for the club’s last League Cup game with a victory against Premier League side Leith Athletic.
In a match with only pride at stake for both teams, Leith started the better with United keeper David Simmonds forced to dive to his right to prevent a Conor Scott shot from hitting the net on eight minutes.
The game flitted from end to end without much penetration until the 21st minute when the visitors took the lead.
A perfectly-placed ball found striker Greig Tulloch who fired the ball back across the goal and hit the unfortunate full back Craig Ferguson on the shin to knock the ball into his own net.
The game and Kelso came to life in the second half, as a Chris Black header just went wide from a Jordan Lauder cross.
The home team drew level in the 52nd minute when Black and Des Burnett combined to set up Jamie Swailes who hit a right foot shot into the roof of the net.
United now had their tails up and further chances from Burnett and Swailes were just off target.
It was no surprise when United went in front in the 70th minute.
After a rampaging run by Jordan Lauder down the left, the big winger swung a perfect cross for Black to power a header past helpless Leith keeper Matthew Banks. The Kelso number seven was then booked by referee Alan Hogg for taking his top off during his goal celebration.
United’s lead was extended midway through the second half as a long throw by Swailes was headed back out to him by the Leith defence, allowing the United man to cross into the box where he found Burnett to head into the bottom corner of the net.
However, the visitors struck back five minutes later as substitute Daniel Simpson found the home defence sleeping and, with space in the box, headed past Simmonds.
But Simpson was denied two minutes later by Simmonds, who dived left to stop the Leith player’s goalbound shot.
United then showed plenty of grit and spirit to hold on for the last 10 minutes to pick up their first win of the season.
Kelso United: D. Simmonds, C. Ferguson, S. Angus, S. Harker, S. Tait, M. Lockhart, C. Black (J. Hogarth 71), D. McNulty, D. Burnett, J. Swailes, J. Lauder (J. Milner 83).