Kelty Hearts come out on top in a 4-0 victory after a dominant performance vs nine men Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park. Goals from Nathan Austin x2, Dylan Easton and an own goal from Berwick’s Ferguson secured the three points and put Kelty top of the Lowland League.
There were two changes to the Kelty starting line-up from last weekend against Gala Fairydean Rovers as Grant Anderson and Craig Reid came in for Robbie McNab and the injured Jamie Stevenson. Another key absentee for Kelty was skipper Michael Tidser who dropped to the bench this week after getting injured in the warmup last week.
After just 22 seconds played in Berwick, the home team were reduced to ten men. Berwick’s Finnie brought down Austin after a ball was played over the defence, Finnie was subsequently sent off as a result of being the last man.
Kelty’s first clear-cut chance of the game came through an Anderson header which was saved well by Horne. Kelty took the lead after 27 minutes as Austin got his first of the game, slotting the ball under the keeper and into the bottom corner.
The man in great goalscoring form, Dylan Easton, doubled the visitors lead cutting inside from the left wing before sending a powerful shot past Horne’s near post from around 25 yards out.
Just before the half-time whistle, Berwick got their second red card of the match after Wright received a second yellow card for diving which gave the home side a tough task in the second half to try and get something out of the league fixture.
Early into the second half, Higginbotham had his free kick from approximately 20 yards out saved well by Berwick keeper, Horne. Austin then wrapped up the three points for Kelty minutes later with his second goal and Kelty’s third of the game after battling to win the ball back from Reid and then slotting narrowly past Horne.
Kelty got their fourth and final goal of the match after an own goal from Berwick central defender Ferguson who put the ball into his own net after a low and powerful McNab cross was played dangerously into the box.
After dominating the ball for the majority of the second half and attempting to add to their tally, Kelty finished the game with a 4-goal advantage and another three points. This win puts the Maroon Machine top of the Lowland League with a game in hand ahead of next week’s league fixture at home to Gretna. Man of the Match today was this afternoons captain, central midfielder Thomas Reilly.
Match Report by Logan Bak