Epic Keith McLeod goal run is finally over

Spartans No.10 Keith McLeod is thwarted by determined defending. Pic: Toby Williams

Spartans No.10 Keith McLeod is thwarted by determined defending. Pic: Toby Williams

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Keith McLeod’s incredible run of scoring in 14 consecutive games came to an end as East Kilbride held Lowland League table-toppers Spartans to a 0-0 draw at Ainslie Park.

McLeod had beaten the 13-game record of Dundee United legend Finn Dossing set in 1964 with a goal against Vale two weeks ago, putting him on 14. He now shares the British record with Falkirk’s Evelyn Morrison, who achieved the same tally during the 1928/29 season.

The striker, who received a standing ovation at the end of the game for his run, also picked up the Colin Campbell Player of the Month award for the third time this season.

The first half was an even affair with both sides struggling to create many goal scoring chances. McLeod was flagged offside after just two minutes when he looked to have raced clear of the Kilbride defence and just moment’s later Kevin Motion’s cross flashed across the goal mouth as the home side started best.

At the other end, Scott Haddin fired a stike over the bar then saw his curling free-kick well saved by Scott Bennett in the Spartans goal.

Motion then had perhaps the best chance of the half for the home side, firing in a volley from the edge of the box which was well saved by Ross Meldrum.

Spartans stepped up a gear in the second half and pinned the visitors back. Sub Sean Muhsin had a strike from the edge of the box in the 55th minute which Meldrum could only force wide.

Defender Ally MacKinnon raced forward through midfield with the ball and was unlucky to see his low shot, destined for the bottom corner, just stopped by the Kilbride keeper. MacKinnon headed a corner kick on to the bar in the 76th minute. The ball bounced down on the line but was cleared by the Kilbride defence.

McLeod did have chances to extend his record in the dying seconds. Jack Beesley’s cross was just out of the reach of the striker’s extended leg then moments later he fired a shot just wide after being fed the ball by Donal Henretty.

In the dying seconds of injury time the striker had once more chance, however his strike from the edge of the box curled just over the bar.

Spartans: Bennett, Cennerazzo, Main (Mushin), Sivewright, MacKinnon, Grant, Brown (Beesley), Whatley, Bremner, McLeod, Motion (Henretty).

East Kilbride: Meldrum, Murdoch, Templeton (Duncan), Woods, Bronsky, McLeish, Wilson, Daw, McDougall, McLaughlin (Graham), Haddin (Fitzharris).