East Stirlingshire v Kelty Hearts FC



Date Time League Season
5th January 2019 15:00 Scottish Lowland Football League 2018-19


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
East Stirlingshire033Draw
Kelty Hearts FC123Draw


East Stirlingshire v  Kelty Hearts 5/1/19 – Reporter: Ewan Malcolm

Andy Rodgers inspired an unlikely comeback on Saturday as East Stirlingshire drew 3-3 in a frantic game with Barry Ferguson’s Kelty Hearts at the Falkirk Stadium.

Shire, without a win in the league since early December, were looking to rectify last week’s 2-2 draw with Stirling University with a win against a Kelty side going through a similar run of indifferent form.

Kelty, having led for much of the season, found themselves trailing to East Kilbride and BSC Glasgow when they arrived in Falkirk but were looking to build on a solid 3-1 win away to Edinburgh University last time out.

Kelty’s intent was evident from the start with Chris Dodd putting the league’s fifth worst defence under severe scrutiny early on.  Dodd didn’t have to wait long to make his attacking pressure count when he swept the ball home after a fine team move had cut Shire wide open.

A combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from Jamie Barclay ensured the score remained 1-0 in the opening exchanges.  However, more poor defending, indicative of a side that have conceded 32 goals already this season, allowed Kelty target man Scott Dalziel too much room as he prodded home a deserved second.

The second half brought more luck for a dejected Shire when Kelty keeper Scott Christie was dismissed for handling outside the area.  Kelty’s misery was compounded further when Andy Rodgers, fresh off the bench, curled home the resultant freekick to half the deficit.

Rodgers’ goal rejuvenated Derek Ure’s side as they attacked with a purpose and energy that had been sorely lacking in a miserable first half.  That purpose and energy paid off when Rodgers curled a left footed shot into the top corner to equalise late on.

Kelty’s Stuart Cargill looked to have secured all three points for the visitors when he rose highest to thump an unstoppable header beyond Barclay to give the ten men a narrow lead with time running out.

Shire have made a habit of producing extraordinary moments in games this season and were at it again when Graeme MacGregor pounced on a loose ball in the box to head home straight from kick off to secure an unlikely draw with Kelty.

Though a point doesn’t help either side, both managers will be looking for similar commitment next time out when Shire travel to Edinburgh University while Kelty welcome Stirling University.


Match Details: Drummond Calder

East Stirlingshire: 1. Jamie Barclay (Captain) 2. Connor Greene (RB) 3. Adam Murray (LB) 4. Andy Grant (RCD) 5. Chris McKee (LCD) 6. Graeme MacGregor (LCM) 7. David McCaughie (RM) 8. Ross Willox (RCM) 9. Ross Allum (RF) 10. Paul McCafferty (LM) 11. Steven Brisbane (LF) Subs 12. Emmanuel Bitanga (not used) 14. Danny Ashe (LB) (came on for 5. Chris McKee in 81 mins 43 secs) 15. Simon White (not used) 16. Ludovic Erhard (not used) 18. Derek Ure (not used) 19. Andy Rodgers (LF) (came on for 11. Steven Brisbane in 74 mins 36 secs)

Kelty Hearts 1. Scott Christie 2. Elliot Ford (RB) 3. Keir MacAulay (LB) 4. Murray Carstairs (LCD) 5. Ciaren Chalmers (RCD) 6. Scott-Taylor MacKenzie (RCM) 7. Willis Hare (RM) 8. Finn Graham (LCM) 9. Scott Dalziel (Captain) (LF) 10. Brian Ritchie (RF) 11. Chris Dodd (LM) Subs 12. Stuart Cargill (F) (came on for 7. Wills Hare in 66 mins 59 secs) 14. James Devlin (not used) 15. Owen Andrew (not used) 16. Garry Leighton (came on for 11. Chris Dodd in 83 mins 42 secs) 17. Liam Kelly (not used) 23. Michael Gibb (sub GK) (came on for 9. Scott Dalziel in 75 mins 22 secs)

Ht 0-1 Ft 3-3

East Stirlingshire Scorers – 1) Andy Rodgers (direct free kick) (75 mins 53 secs) 2) Andy Rodgers (87 mins 7 secs) 3) Graeme MacGregor (90+4 mins 59 secs)

East Stirlingshire Assists – 1) N/A 2) Ross Allum 3) Ross Willox

East Stirlingshire Bookings – 1) Connor Greene (20 mins 46 secs) 2) Ross Allum (41 mins 0 secs) 3) Steven Brisbane (52 mins 49 secs) 4) Chris McKee (73 mins 5 secs) 5) Andy Grant (90+2 mins 8 secs)

Kelty Hearts Scorers – 1) Chris Dodd (7 mins 35 secs) 2) Scott Dalziel (48 mins 5 secs) 3) Stuart Cargill (90+3 mins 32 secs)

Kelty Hearts Assists – 1) Brian Ritchie 2) Chris Dodd 3) Scott-Taylor MacKenzie

Kelty Hearts Red Card – 1) Scott Christie (straight red) (73 mins 52 secs)

Kelty Hearts Bookings – 1) Scott-Taylor MacKenzie (4 mins 54 secs) 2) Willis Hare (52 mins 47 secs) 3) Scott Dalziel (55 mins 0 secs)

Crowd: 252

Referee: Chris Graham

Assistant Referees: Stuart Hodge, Stuart Broadfoot




East Stirlingshire (Falkirk Stadium)

East Stirlingshire

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Jamie BarclayGoalkeeper0000
2Connor GreeneDefender, Forward0010
3Adam MurrayDefender0000
4Andy GrantDefender0010
5Chris McKee 14Defender0010
6Graeme MacGregorMidfielder1000
7David McCaughieMidfielder0000
8Ross WilloxMidfielder0100
9Ross AllumForward0110
10Paul McCaffertyMidfielder0000
11Steven Brisbane 19Midfielder0010
14Danny Ashe 5Defender0000
19Andy Rodgers 11Forward2000

Kelty Hearts FC

# Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
1Scott ChristieGoalkeeper0001
2Elliot FordDefender0000
3Keir MacAulayDefender0000
4Murray CarstairsDefender0000
5Ciaren ChalmersDefender0000
6Scott-Taylor McKenzieMidfielder0110
7Willis Hare 12Midfielder0010
8Finn GrahamMidfielder0000
9Scott Dalziel 23Forward1010
10Brian RitchieForward0100
11Chris Dodd 16Midfielder1100
12Stuart Cargill 7Forward1000
16Garry Leighton 11Defender0000
23Michael Gibb 9Goalkeeper0000
Yellow Cards
Red Cards