Controversy reigns as Reserves are held by Kelso

Kelso United 2, Berwick Rangers Reserves 2

Berwick Reserves surrendered a two-goal lead in a controversial second half of a match which saw them have players yellow-carded for the first time this season.

Early Berwick pressure kept Kelso keeper Scott Dowie busy, turning a Sam Todd shot round the post and saving a Greig Smith header. Miller also hit the post but a thundering 35 yard strike from Jordyn Gill gave Dowie no chance as the ball flew into the top right corner of his net.

Todd doubled the lead with a free kick on the edge of the box awarded when John McCutcheon fouled Steven Finlayson.

Kelso’s first goal came seven minutes into the second half. Ignoring the old adage of ‘play to the whistle’, a trio of Berwick players stopped, believing the ball was in touch.

No flag was raised. Des Burnett went on to harass the Rangers’ backline before getting a cross to Calum McClure who hit the post only for the ball to go into the net off the back of unlucky defender Ross Brady.

Berwick goalkeeper Grant Sandison and Stevenson were booked for protesting over the touchline issue. Andy McLean later joined them in the ref’s book for bringing down an opponent.

With just over an hour played, Kelso scored again. Sean Angus picked out Burnett on the left. He crossed to Liam Wallace whose shot was blocked but the ball cannoned to Damien McNulty who poked it over the line.

Jonathon Fairbairn hit the crossbar from 30 yards before more controversy arose in the 80th minute when, following a corner, McCutcheon appeared to catch the ball in his hands on the goal line. Somehow, Mr.Cairns didn’t see it.

From then on, Berwick, who had about 70 per cent of possession during the course of the match, besieged the home goal but couldn’t get the breakthrough they desired.