Kelty Hearts 2 – 2 EUAFC (SLFL) 28/8/18
The 1st team were in midweek Lowland League action as they faced newly promoted and last years East of Scotland champions, Kelty Hearts.
Kelty were on the front foot right from the kick-off as they raced into the lead after 5 minutes. The home side won a corner in which they swung to the back post. The ball was headed back into the area only for Kelty’s Stuart Cargill to react first and poke the ball into the near post to give the home side an early advantage.
The 1s struggled to get a grip of the game as Kelty tried to extend their lead, but Mark Tait in the Uni goal was to thank on two occasions for the side. The first being a great save down to his right after a fierce shot from 25 yards out, whilst the second required ‘Tattie’ to rush out his box to clear a dangerous through ball as Kelty continued to look threatening on every attack.
But with minutes to go before half-time, the Uni equalised. With patient passing along the left side, the ball found itself to Stuart McNicholas outside Kelty’s box. With a quick glance, he saw Patrick Baird’s run into the area and played a perfect through ball for his teammate to run onto. ‘Paddy’ took a touch before slotting the ball into the net to get the Uni back on level terms.
However, there was a sense of déjà vu for the 1sts as Kelty took the lead again within minutes of the second-half starting. The Uni failed to clear a corner as the ball was recovered from Kelty, as they manage to whip in another cross from the byline towards the back post. Cargill was on the receiving end of the cross as he headed the ball into the net to the delight of the home crowd as their side regained the lead.
The 1sts were not fazed by the goal as they soon enough got the game back on level terms again with another great goal. Santeri Kuivalainen found himself with space in the middle of the park to make a great switch of play to Luke Murray. Having a look into the box, Murray took a touch before crossing the ball to the back post to find James Conington. With the ball slightly behind him, ‘JC’ leapt for the ball and managed to head it back into the opposite corner, leaving the Kelty keeper with no chance and capping off another fine move for the team.
The Uni defence stayed strong as Kelty pressed for a winner, with Ross McGuire making a vital block from a cut-back to keep the score line level. The home side came close from a free header towards the end but the ball sailed over the bar as the referee soon after blew for full-time.
The boys battled their way to earn a point after a tough evening at New Central Park, with two great goals to go with the performance.
Line Up – Mark Tait, Luke Murray, Ross McGuire, Stuart MacFarlane, Mark Gair, Finn Daniels-Yeomans, Greg Swan, Stuart McNicholas (Ross Watters), Patrick Baird, Santeri Kuivalainen (Abdul Yusuf), James Conington
Subs not used – Callum Davison, Max Condie
Goal Scorers – Patrick Baird, James Conington