Kelty Hearts rise to second in the Lowland League after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Gala Fairydean Rovers at Netherdale. Goals from Dougie Hill and Dylan Easton secured the 3 points and a vital win.
A late change to the Kelty starting line-up after the warmup meant that Robbie McNab replaced Michael Tidser. Kelty were also forced into an early change after just 4 minutes as Jamie Stevenson was replaced by Craig Reid after he pulled up with a hamstring injury.
Kelty opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Dougie Hill after he headed home from Dylan Easton’s floated free kick. Just minutes before, Hill had another chance to open the scoring, but his header was just over the bar.
Gala’s first real chance of the game came through Scott Taylor-McKenzie whose effort from range was saved well by Darren Jamieson out for a corner. The resulting corner was sent to the back post and headed back into the path of Taylor-McKenzie who slotted away the equaliser.
Kelty regained the lead, roughly ten minutes before the break, through the man in great form Dylan Easton, who turned his man brilliantly and slotted past the Gala keeper with his left foot. Nathan Austin had the chance to make it three just before half time, but his shot was saved well at the front post.
In the second half, there were minimal chances for both sides, but the best chance of the half came for the home side. Taylor-McKenzie had a great opportunity to get his second of the game but his shot from inside the box was caught well by Jamieson.
After being forced into early changes and with being pressured throughout the match, Kelty held on to get a vital 3 points at Netherdale, which means they moved to second in the Lowland League. Man of the Match this afternoon was Dylan Easton who bagged another goal and assist in a great performance from the midfielder. Next game for Kelty will be on the road again, this time travelling to Shielfield Park to face Berwick Rangers.
Match Report by Logan Bak