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 21-Mar-2016 

 

East Kilbride 4 - 1 Spartans (Report courtesy of Paul Thomson at East Kilbride News)

A stunning second half performance from East Kilbride gave manager Billy Ogilvie the perfect send off as his side roared back to beat Spartans and lift the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.

 

In Ogilvie's final game before leaving to concentrate on his work commitments, the taxi driver steered his squad to their third trophy in as many seasons thanks to strikes from Martin McBride, Anton Brady and a Sean Winter double.

 

It looked like the Kilby gaffer would leave his post empty-handed after David Greenhill's opener put Spartans in control.

But the K-Park side turned things around after the break to claim their first win over Spartans under Ogilvie and put an end to their opponents' nine-game winning streak.

Kilby were dealt a blow before kick-off with the news captain Barry Russell was only fit enough to make the bench.

But it was Ogilvie's men who threatened first as Bernard Coll headed over at the near post from Ross Smith's corner inside two minutes.

Martin McBride then dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box after a loose pass from the Spartans defence.

Moments later Kilby keeper Jacob Kean almost dropped Jack Beesley's corner into his own net as he fumbled the ball onto the crossbar and collected at the second attempt.

Spartans' pressure eventually paid off and they took the lead in 17 minutes. Scott Stevenson's short back pass was pounced on by Keith Murray and he raced through on goal. Kean made a great stop to deny him, but from the rebound Dean Horribine squared the ball for David Greenhill to slot the ball into the far corner.

Craig Howie prevented Spartans extending their advantage ten minutes later when he got a flick on Beesley's cross to the back post with Murray waiting to bury the chance.

Kilby continued to struggle at the back and just shy of the half hour mark the woodwork came to their rescue when Murray raced through one-on-one with Kean, only to his strike come back off the far post.

Billy Ogilvie's men started to come into the game near the end of the first half and three minutes before the break Liam Gormley's strike clipped the outside of the post after a long throw fell kindly to him in the box.

Sean Winter scored twice to help Kilby to the trophy

Fraser Robertson whipped a fantastic ball into the box seven minutes after the re-start but Sean Winter couldn't quite get a touch on it at the back post as they pushed for an equaliser.

Stand-in captain Martin McBride fired Kilby level in 57 minutes. Anton Brady's corner to the back post was headed back across goal by Howie and McBride blasted the ball into the net at the second attempt after his initial strike was blocked.

Spartans almost restored their lead moments later when Horribine fed Murray, but his strike deflected wide for a corner.

Kilby really upped the tempo in the second half and they edged in front on 64 minutes when McBride's cross from the right was powered home by the head of Sean Winter.

Winter then extended EK's lead ten minutes later when he got on the end of Ross McKinnon's cross and headed past Carswell from six yards to grab his second of the game.

Paul Thomson almost pulled Spartans back into it in 82 minutes when he headed narrowly wide from Greenhill's corner.Kean made a great stop in 87 minutes to deny Horribine, palming away his thumping strike from 10 yards.

Craig Hastings almost put the icing on the cake seconds later, but his strike across the keeper cannoned back off the far post.

But Anton Brady did finish things off in stoppage time, curling a stunning strike into the top corner from the right-hand side of the box to complete a thumping victory and send Ogilvie off a high.

Captain Barry Russell was determined not to miss out on all the fun and he climbed off the bench in the final moments, allowing him to hoist the trophy aloft at the end.

Kilby's reward for winning the Qualifying Cup is a match with Berwick Rangers to contest the East of Scotland trophy on April 12



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