Coldstream went through to the next round of the King Cup after victory over Kelso at a windswept Woodside Park, writes George Riley.
There was not much between the teams in the first period, with chances for both going begging, but a double substitution midway through the second half, when the visitors introduced Jack Hay and John Crawford, changed the game in Coldstream’s favour.
“Mistakes at the back cost us dearly and when you are up against a Premier Division outfit you will get punished and we were,” said United manager Prof Blaikie.
The game ebbed and flowed until the half-hour mark when the Berwickshire outfit took the lead.
United defender Darren Bowie sliced the ball towards his own goalmouth, where the alert Luke Strangeways picked it up. Sensing the danger, keeper Willie Stewart flew out to meet the striker, only to upend the frontman and referee Daniel Graves had no hesitation pointing to the spot. Strangeways converted the penalty and the Streamers remained 1-0 up at the break.
The introduction of Hay and Crawford brought immediate reward for the visitors when the former got the better of a dithering Dean Boyne in the box to fire home with his first touch of the game.
Coldstream kept up the pressure and increased their lead 12 minutes from time when Kieran Ainslie scored from close range.
United had the last chance of the game, but Ryan Beveridge’s right-footed effort flew past the post.