Coldstream v Kelty Hearts
EOS League Match
Saturday 26th August
In a season of new destinations for the club, Kelty travelled to Home Park, Coldstream for the first time in their history.
Cargill had the first chance of the game after 4 minutes when a diagonal ball into the box by Leighton was cut back into the centre by Husband, however the Kelty striker couldn’t steer the ball on goal.
Cargill and McCabe had efforts off target before Windram and Beasley had efforts saved by Marley.
McCabe then saw a shot on goal blocked for a corner before the home side took the lead after 21 minutes. Allan collected the ball in midfield before knocking it forward to Corfield, he slipped the ball through the Kelty defence to Graham who weaved his way into the visitor’s box before steering the ball past Marley.
Husband and Leighton came close with efforts for Kelty before they squared the match with 29 minutes gone. Dalziel was fouled on the edge of the Coldstream area and MacKenzie stepped up to curl a delicious free kick around the wall and past Shiel in the home goal.
The game settled into a midfield struggle on the tight Home Park pitch with the next goal action coming in the second half and 3 goals in five minutes were to set the match alight.
Dalziel flicked on a MacKenze throw in on the left and the ball was collected just outside the Coldstream box by Philp. He worked his way past two home defenders before unleashing an unstoppable left foot effort past Shiel. Philp made it 3-1 two minutes later when he collected a pass out to the left wing from Douglas and his curling cross into the area beat the efforts of the Coldstream defence to nestle in the back of the net.
The hosts pulled a goal back after the hour mark when a long throw into the box was collected by Robinson and his first time effort in front of goal was blocked by Marley, however the ball ricocheted off the shins of Philp and ended up in the back of the net for an unusual hat-trick.
McCabe then called Shiel into action before Kelty restored their two goal lead after 68 minutes. Greig intercepted the ball some 25 yards from the Coldstream goal before pinging the ball out to Dalziel on the right, when his cross into the area arrived in the central Douglas was able to steer the ball home from close range.
Shiel then saved from Douglas, Campbell, on as a substitute for Dalziel, and Husband before Coldstream were reduced to 10 men after 79 minutes when a tackle by Robinson on Penman was deemed to have used excessive force.
Kelty were to score a fifth and final goal as the game moved into its final stages when Kelty were awarded a corner on the left. Husband’s delivery was met by Douglas and his header carried sufficient velocity that the ball spun off a home defender and appeared to be heading into the back of the net, Campbell however removed all doubt by thumping the ball home from point blank range.
The result sees Kelty return to the top of the East of Scotland League. Kelty’s next match is on Tuesday when Raith Rovers Under 20s visit New Central Park for a friendly match. Kick off is 7.30pm.
MATCH REPORT BY - EWAN DOW