Champions show their quality to see off the hosts

Penicuik Athletic 1-3 Kelty Hearts
Penicuik Athletic 1-3 Kelty Hearts

East Super League Champions Kelty Hearts were the visitors on Saturday to Penicuik Park for this third league fixture of the new season.

The first chance of the game fell to Kelty but Cargill’s effort went wide. Penicuik came close in the tenth minute when Aaron Somerville was inches away from heading home a Montgomery cross.

Play swung from end to end, but neither side could find the finishing touch. In the 28th minute a gilt-edged chance fell to Kelty but Cargill’s shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Youssef Bejaoui and the rebound was headed narrowly wide.

Kelty took the lead in the 35th minute when a high ball into the box fell to Paul Currie, who slotted home from just inside the box. But the lead was short-lived. Two minutes later, Aaron Somerville was set up by Keith Lough and he sidefooted the ball past the advancing ’keeper to tie the game 1-1 at half-time.

Three minutes into the second half, Kelty scored the early goal they wanted when Currie claimed his second with a first-time volley.

The visitors were now in control and it was no surprise therefore that the points looked settled when Murray Carstairs was on hand to power home a header from a corner kick in the 60th minute.

Penicuik made changes that had an immediate impact with Ryan McCallum winning headers, holding the ball up well and laying off passes. Keith Lough came close with a hard cross into the box that was tipped away by ’keeper Allison. Then Somerville saw his shot saved comfortably by the Kelty ’keeper.

In the 80th minute, danger man Paul Currie had a great opportunity to get his hat-trick, but his effort was deflected away for a corner kick, as Kelty took the win.