Stark can live with this nar­row vic­tory

EK boss would have slammed side ear­lier in sea­son

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Match win­ner

“If any­thing the red card gal­vanised them and they played quite well with 10 men. They worked re­ally hard.

“We missed the penalty and we had a per­fectly good goal chalked off when Malky scored from Sean’s cross but it was given off­side.

“At that point it looked like things were go­ing against us, but the send­ing off changed things.”

Eight min­utes in Kilby had a lucky es­cape when keeper Matt McGin­ley got caught out on the edge of the box and for­mer Kilby striker Jack Smith saw his at­tempt to lob him cleared off the line by Craig Howie.

The early BSC pres­sure con­tin­ued and the hosts were de­nied by the wood­work in 17 min­utes when Tom Ben­tham’s ef­fort from 25 yards can­noned back off the cross­bar.

Af­ter weath­er­ing the early storm, EK had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot in 23 min­utes.

Gre­han was ad­judged to have blocked a free-kick with his hand, pick­ing up a book­ing for his trou­ble. Win­ter stepped up for Kilby, only to see his ef­fort saved by Ryan Mar­shall.

How­ever, more drama was to fol­low just two min­utes later when BSC were re­duced to 10 men. Gre­han spoke out of turn to ref­eree Craig Napier as Kilby were pre­par­ing to take a cor­ner and the BSC striker was sent off for dis­sent.

Mal­colm had an ef­fort ruled out for off­side in 34 min­utes and half-time ar­rived with the sides level at 0-0.

But just three min­utes af­ter the restart Kilby broke the dead­lock when Mal­colm curled home a de­light­ful strike from the edge of the box.

BSC pushed for an equaliser, but Stark’s men held out to keep their ti­tle hopes alive go­ing into the fi­nal two games of the sea­son.

Mal­colm’s win­ner was his eighth goal in nine games and Stark added: “The qual­ity of Malky’s goal was great.

“There was some lovely build-up play and Adam Starchan set him up nicely for a won­der­ful fin­ish, curl­ing the ball around a few bod­ies. “It’s a vi­tal goal for us.” At­ten­tion now turns to a mas­sive week with trips to White­hill Wel­fare tonight (kick-off 6.30pm) and Stir­ling Univer­sity on Satur­day (kick-off 3pm). If Kilby are to win the league, they will likely have to win both games and hope Spar­tans slip up at ei­ther Dal­beat­tie Star tonight or at home to East Stir­ling on Satur­day.

The cham­pi­ons will play Cove Rangers in the High­land/Low­land play-off on April 28 and May 2.

P W D L GD PT Spar­tans 28 22 3 3 43 69 EAST KIL­BRIDE 28 21 5 2 52 68 East Stir­ling­shire 29 19 6 4 36 63 BSC Glas­gow 28 18 5 5 38 59 Selkirk 25 13 1 11 14 40 Cum­ber­nauld Colts29 11 7 11 -1 40 Gretna 2008 29 12 4 13 -2 40 Civil Ser­vice Strolls 28 10 6 12 2 36 Stir­ling Univer­sity 29 10 5 14 -6 35 Edus­port Academy 28 9 6 13 -2 33 Ed­in­burgh Uni 28 8 7 13 -8 31 Gala Fairy­dean Rvs 29 8 7 14 -18 31 White­hill Wel­fare 25 9 1 15 -15 28 Dal­beat­tie Star 27 6 8 13 -16 26 Vale of Lei­then 26 7 2 17 -34 23 Haw­ick Royal Alb 28 1 3 24 -83 6

Craig Mal­colm scored his eighth goal in nine games for East Kil­bride

Penalty pain Sean Win­ter missed a first-half spot-kick but EK re­cov­ered to win

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