Eyemouth come from two down to win

Leigh Walker grabbed the winner for Eyemouth
Leigh Walker grabbed the winner for Eyemouth

Kelso United 2-3 Eyemouth United

Eyemouth came from two down to win at Woodside Park and set up a tie with Whitehill Welfare in the next round of the South Challenge Cup.

Kelso were two goals in front after 20 minutes but were unable to secure the match due to a mixture of poor defending and shoddy finishing.

The visitors had the first chances when a 35-yard shot by full back Allan Jess rattled the top of the cross bar and then a header by striker Steve Shennon was held by Kelso keeper Scott Dowie.

It was the home side who went ahead after 18 minutes when a corner from the left by Liam Wallace was headed into the net by defender Gary McNulty at the back post.

Two minutes later and the Tweedsider’s increased their advantage. A free-kick from Chris Black from 20 yards was parried by Eyemouth goalkeeper Adam Mutch, and Des Burnett was the fastest to react to knock the ball into the net.

But the two-goal lead was short lived, Eyemouth cutting the deficit within a minute. A through ball was only partially cleared by the home defence, the ball landing at the feet of midfielder James Wilson, who powered a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Kelso should have increased their lead on the half hour mark when Jordan Lauder headed wide with the goal yawning following good work down the right by Burnett.

Two minutes before the break Kelso had strong claims for a penalty when Calum McClure was tripped in the box by Jess, but Airdrie whistler Scott Love thought differently and booked the teenager for diving.

On the hour mark a combination of Gary McNulty and Scott Dowie thwarted Shennon when through on goal.

However Shennon created the Eyemouth equaliser eight minutes later when he managed to cut the ball back from the by line onto the head of ex-Kelso player Shaun Phillips, who glanced a header inside the upright.

Fishermen keeper Mutch kept the score equal having to dive full stretch to his right to stop a Lauder free-kick.

The visitors’ winner came 12 minutes from time a ball into the box saw Shennon rise to knock the ball back to defender Lee Walker, who slammed the ball home from eight yards.

An ankle injury to goalkeeper Scott Dowie in the 80th minute meant Kelso manager Prof Blaikie had to shuffle the side, with Des Burnett going in goal for the remainder of the match.

Kelso pressed for the final few minutes but could not get the equaliser.