Hoodoo con­tin­ues for EK as IRN-BRU Cup run ends

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East Kil­bride ............ 2 Ed­in­burgh City ......... 3

Paul Thom­son at K-Park

Brian Kerr reck­ons East Kil­bride are a match for the best team in League Two – de­spite con­ced­ing twice in the fi­nal mo­ments to crash out of the IRN-BRU Cup.

Kilby looked set to end their hoodoo with old foes and League Two pace set­ters Ed­in­burgh City on Satur­day, but they snatched de­feat from the jaws of vic­tory.

The K-Park side - who lost all but one of their six Low­land League meet­ings when they were ti­tle ri­vals with City a few sea­sons back – fell be­hind af­ter Blair Hen­der­son’s opener for City.

Two goals in a minute from Ross McNeil and Craig Mal­colm mid­way through the sec­ond half turned the game on its head.

Yet Kilby diehards were left look­ing on in horror as their curse con­tin­ued.

Kerr’s men switched off and City sub Al­lan Smith net­ted in the 84th and 86th minute to land a killer blow.

It was a spec­tac­u­lar col­lapse with EK head­ing for what would have been a de­served win, but Kerr was keen to fo­cus on the pos­i­tives.

He said: “Lapses in con­cen­tra­tion at the goals have cost us late on, but it’s hard to ques­tion our ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause we were very good for long spells.

“Some­times you don’t get your just re­wards in football and that’s how it goes. Over the course, we de­served a re­sult.

“If you an­a­lyse ev­ery goal you con­cede, there will al­ways be some­thing that goes wrong. The first one could have been dealt with bet­ter, but all three could have, to be hon­est.

“The chal­lenge was to come here and see how close we were to a side who are fly­ing high in League Two and I think the ques­tion has been an­swered: we are not far away at all.

“But if you make mis­takes at this level, teams will pun­ish you and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened.”

City took the lead against the run of play in 36 min­utes when Scott Steven­son failed to deal with a long ball and Blair Hen­der­son found the net with a side­foot fin­ish.

Kilby hit back when McNeil ri­fled a low drive into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter 72 min­utes and within 60 sec­onds Mal­colm headed home from BJ Coll’s pin­point cross.

How­ever, Smith had the fi­nal say. First he peeled off Craig Reid at the back post to loop a header back across McGin­ley in 84 min­utes and he was given the free­dom of K-Park to nod in the win­ner two min­utes later.

EK, who were knocked off top spot in the Low­land League by Spar­tans at the week­end, will bid to bounce back on Satur­day when they face Bo’ness in round two of the South Chal­lenge Cup (kick-off at K-Park is 3pm). They then head to Spar­tans on Septem­ber 22 when league du­ties re­sume.

Equaliser EK’s McNeil, left, made it 1-1

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