East Kilbride FC v Selkirk (in conjunction with match sponsor, NXP Semiconductors)
Saturday 28th July, 3pm kick-off, K-Park
(Admission £6 for adults, £3 concession & free entry per each U-12 with a paying adult)
Saturday see’s the much-anticipated start to the Scottish Lowland Football League season, as Kilby seek to regain the title, which was snatched away by Spartans on the last day of a hugely exciting 2017/18 campaign.
There have been significant changes at K-Park since June, with EK Manager Billy Stark moving onto full-time employment with the Scottish Football Association, being replaced by former Albion Rovers gaffer Brian Kerr.
New man Kerr has wasted no time in revamping his squad over the summer with Craig Reid, Graeme Holmes, Graeme MacGregor, Paul Woods, Jamie Longworth, Anton Brady and Drew Ramsay all arriving and Craig Malcom signing a permanent deal from Alloa. K-Park summer departures included David Proctor, Kieran Gibbons, Declan Hughes, Darren Ramsay, Martin McBride, Brian Prunty and Adam Strachan.
Kilby have enjoyed a fine pre-season of challenging matches and have almost a full squad to choose from ahead of the visit from the borderers.
Selkirk also go into the 2018/19 season with a change of Manager, with Terry Ferguson replacing Ian Fergus, who guided “The Souters” to a very impressive 5th spot in the 2017/18 Lowland League table.Kilby ran out comfortable winners the last time the teams met on League business at K-Park, with Billy Stark’s side 4-1 victors over Ian Fergus’ men in December 2017.
The fixture took place two days before Christmas, in horrendous weather conditions, and Kilby were given an early Christmas present when Sean Winter was felled in the box on the stroke of half-time. Winter duly picked himself up to fire the ball high into the top corner of the next to make it 1-0 at the break.
And the home side picked up where they had left off five minutes after the re-start, when Strachan set up Kieran Gibbons, who rifled home a low shot from 25-yards.
East Kilbride killed the game off on the hour, when Ross McNeil headed home a Strachan corner, to make it 3-0.
But straight from kick-off, the borders’ men hit back, when a flowing move on the left saw a cross find the head of Addison, and Matt McGinley was unable to claw the ball out from under the bar, and it was 3-1.
The gloss on was placed om the result in stoppage time when Adam Strachan cut in from the left before finding the far corner of the net with a well-placed low shot, and the game ended 4-1 in favour of East Kilbride.
Match highlights from the last clash can be found via the following link to our EKFCtv YouTube channel (below)
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