Kilby boss de­lighted with an­other clean sheet

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East Kil­bride ............ 2 Edus­port .................. 0

Paul Thom­son

Brian Kerr heaped praise on his de­fence as a third clean sheet in a row helped East Kil­bride re­turn to the top of the Low­land League.

Goals from Craig Reid and Sean Win­ter were enough to sink a strong Edus­port side and put Kilby joint-top of the stand­ings with Kelty Hearts, who have played a game more.

East Kil­bride are now the only un­beaten team in the di­vi­sion after Spar­tans’ shock 3-1 de­feat to Gala Fairy­dean.

While Kilby bagged the points thanks to two fine goals – the first a won­der­fully crafted free-kick fin­ished off by Reid and the sec­ond a su­perb strike from Win­ter – Kerr was keen to fo­cus on his back­line.

He said: “Early in the sea­son a lot of plau­dits were given to the for­ward play­ers, but I’m pleased with how solid we’ve been de­fen­sively re­cently.

“That’s a few clean sheets now, Matty (McGin­ley) has made some im­por­tant saves and our boys at the back have been strong.

“They are the base and the foun­da­tion for what we are try­ing to do and when they are play­ing well it ben­e­fits our for­ward play­ers.

“It was a great win for us after a tough game.

“We’ve been very con­sis­tent so far and the team who is most con­sis­tent will win the league.”

The hosts broke the dead­lock after 28 min­utes when Graeme Holmes, An­ton Brady and Paul Woods com­bined at a well-worked free-kick to lay the ball on a plate for Reid to score.

Win­ter dou­bled the lead in 69 min­utes with a low drive from 20-yards.

Sec­onds later Kilby keeper McGin­ley marked his 100th ap­pear­ance for the club with a fine stop from ex-EK striker Liam Coogans to pre­serve the clean sheet. Kerr was de­lighted with the qual­ity of the goals.

He added: “The first goal was a set­piece we’ve been work­ing on and it came off per­fectly.

“The pass­ing has to be very pre­cise and we’ve pro­duced some good one­touch foot­ball and caught Edus­port off guard.

“It was good to see Sean get a goal for all his hard work and make things more com­fort­able for us.

“We’ve put a de­mand on the play­ers to shoot from fur­ther out be­cause we al­ways seem to want to work it into the box be­fore we shoot. Sean has shown what can be achieved.”

Kilby now take a fort­night break from league du­ties to fo­cus on cup ac­tion.

They travel to Leith on Satur­day in the South Chal­lenge Cup and then host Spar­tans in the Wil­liam Hill Scot­tish Cup on Oc­to­ber 20.

“We em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of go­ing into this wee league break with a good re­sult and the play­ers did what we asked of them,” said Kerr.

P Kelty Hearts 9 EAST KIL­BRIDE 8 Cum­ber­nauld Colts Spar­tans BSC Glas­gow Edus­port Academy Vale of Lei­then CS Strollers Gala Fairy­dean R East Stir­ling­shire Ed­in­burgh Uni Gretna 2008 Stir­ling Univer­sity Dal­beat­tie Star White­hill Wel­fare W 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 3 2 2 1 D 2 2 1 3 4 3 2 1 0 2 5 2 4 2 1 L GD 1 18 0 16 2 4 1 12 2 5 3 6 5 -3 4 -2 6 -3 5 3 3 -3 5 -10 4 -4 6 -14 9 -25 PT 20 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 11 11 10 8 4

Other re­sults BSC Glas­gow 2 Cum­ber­nauld Colts 2; CS Strollers 3, East Stir­ling 4; Gala Fairy­dean 3 Spar­tans 1; Gretna 1 Kelty Hearts 3; Vale of Lei­then 3 Dal­beat­tie Star 0; White­hill Wel­fare 1, Ed­in­burgh Uni 1 0.

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