Preston Athletic’s winning streak came to an following a first half to forget at East Kilbride’s K-Park.
Just five minutes were on the clock when the Panners’ top scorer Sean Martin had to be substituted after sustaining an ankle injury.
Andy Johnstone put East Kilbride in front in the 21st minute with an impressive lob from 15 yards, and, three minutes later, Kirean Daw doubled the home side’s lead after picking up a cutback from the byline and lashing the ball into the net from just inside the box to make it 2-0.
Gary McCormack had Preston’s best chance of the half, sending a glancing header across the goal after 14 minutes.
Preston’s plan was undone further when captain Mark Cherrie followed Martin off the park with injury, while in the 39th minute, the Panners were reduced to ten men when Mark Stewart was red carded for a last-man challenge just outside the box.
But despite being a man short Preston improved in the second half, and James Reilly had the ball in the net in the 62nd minute only to be thwarted by a late offside flag.
Preston thought the referee had awarded them a penalty in 75th minute following a foul right on the edge of the East Kilbride box, and there were shocked faces when the official then indicated for a free kick to be taken instead.
East Kilbride: Meldrum, Templeton, McAuliffe, Wilson, Gallacher, McLaughlin, Murdoch, Daw, Johnstone, Graham, Traynor. Subs: Tierney, Young, McDougall, Gillespie, Newlands.
Preston Athletic: Gilbertson, Stewart, Thomson, Cherrie, Ramsay, Morrison, Philp, Osbourne, Martin, McCormack, Reilly. Subs: Strachan, O’Hara, Dodd, Pennycuik.