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King Cup Final 2018

Kelty Hearts 1-1 Preston Athletic(Kelty Won 7-6 On Pens)

The last game of the season found Preston Athletic travelling up to Dalkeith’s King’s Park for the King Cup Final versus Kelty Hearts.

The two teams had met on 3 previous occasions and the East Lothian side lost all 3 encounters (2 league,1 cup) and they wanted to get their biggest win over the league champions.

Preston beat Tynecastle 2-1  to get to the final, while Kelty beat Leith Athletic 8-1 and we were in for a cracker.

Both teams went at it in the first half and Greg Binnie nearly opened the scoring on 7 minutes but his chance was cleared off the line. Kelty’s Conrad Court came close 2 minutes later but his shot went wide.

Both teams traded chances when first Scott Walker fired a free-kick just wide and then Ross Philp hooked a shot over halfway through the first half. The first half ended with Greg Binnie coming close with a shot.

The second half did produce goals and it was Preston Athletic who opened the scoring when Greg Binnie was pulled down in the box on 68 minutes. He stood up and then fired home the kick to give his team a deserved lead.

Kelty did equalise when Ross Cowan fouled Ross Philp and Stephen Husband put away the resultant spot kick on 74 minutes. There was no more scoring so on to extra time we went.  Both teams tried to get the winner in extra time but we went on to a penalty shoot out and it was the unfortunate Jonathan Grotlin who was the one who missed the penalty and Kelty won the cup .

Preston put up a great fight and were unlucky not to win the trophy and can be happy with finishing the season in 3rd place and making a cup final.  Such a huge improvement in the squad in such a short period of time.

Preston:- C.Pennycuick, Cowan, Walker, Liddle(c), Campbell, Woodcock, M.McFarlane, D.Pennycuick, Binnie, Grotlin, Cochrane. Subs:- Jardine, Innes, L.McFarlane, Dimitrov.