Wilson’s hat-trick helps Star shine bright as Arniston pay the penalty

Arniston started brightly but were soundly beaten in the end by a stronger Kennoway side.
Arniston started brightly but were soundly beaten in the end by a stronger Kennoway side.

Ten-man Arniston crashed to their third defeat in seven outings already this season as Kennoway took yet another scalp following impressive recent victories.

With Arniston missing key players Danny Thomson and Lumbert Kateleza, the visitors held sway, gathering all three points with something to spare as their star man, Kyle Wilson, netted a hat-trick.

Arniston started brightly enough, but their early promise soon gave way to a stronger Kennoway game.

In the 10th minute Arnie’s David Jeffrey was booked for ‘simulation’, and a minute later Kevin Moffat hit the side-netting with a great shot.

It was end-to-end stuff for a spell with the first quarter goalless before Kennoway’s Mark Partridge was booked for a foul on 
Darren McTernan.

Then, a triple whammy hit the Gorebridge men, with two goals and a red card 
seeing Arnie in at half time trailing 2-0 .

In 32 minutes, Wilson took a fine chance, catching out the home defence to break the deadlock. And a minute later, Arniston brought on substitute Darren Leslie just in time to see Kennoway awarded a penalty for a Nicky Faulds tackle on Star’s Binnington.

Wilson made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Arniston’s third disaster of that first half saw Kevin Moffat straight red-carded in 42 minutes for verbal dissent as the lively first half finished with a booking for Star’s Liam Craig for a foul on Michael Deland.

However, despite being two goals down and a man short, Arniston put in a much better shift in the second half – albeit without scoring.

Late on, a second Kennoway penalty finished the scoring .

Before then, the Rangers had had their chances –a Faulds header passed inches wide, McTernan shot too high, and substitute Darren Leslie blazed 
over the target.

A 71st minute Kennoway free-kick from Craig picked out pivot Murdoch at the far post, but with the goal at his mercy, he too headed over.

And it was two minutes from time when Kennoway were 3-0 up via another penalty, this time awarded against Deland, and a composed Wilson ended his day with a third goal to complete the Arniston misery.

Next up, this coming Saturday, is an away Premier League trip for Arniston to East Lothian’s Tranent Juniors at Foresters Park.

Arniston: Cornet,Brady , Deland, Callaghan, Faulds, McTernan, Doig, Langdale, Moffat, Jeffrey, Porteous. Subs: Leslie, McCaul, Trialist, Ritchie.