BONNYRIGG boss Robbie Horn couldn’t mask his frustration after his side threw away a two-goal lead against ten-man champions Kelty.
Rose were 4-2 up with 20 minutes remaining before sloppy defending forced them to settle for a share of the spoils.
“It’s frustrating when we give away goals like that,” said Horn. “We gifted Kelty the opener then had an uphill fight to get back in the game. They lose a player and we’re back in, only to throw it away when we lose our concentration.”
The match was barely seven minutes old when Bonnyrigg’s Ewan Moyes headed a long ball past his own goalkeeper to put the Fife side in front, but a couple of minutes later the visitors were down to ten men when Sean O’Neil was sent off for a last-man tackle on Kieron McGachie.
A couple of minutes later and another own goal had Bonnyrigg level, Chris Hughes heading the ball past his own keeper. Bonnyrigg took the lead after 20 minutes when Adam Nelson slid the ball home from a Dean Hoskins cutback only for Kelty to level the game again when Calum Smith glanced a header past Billy Bald.
The first-half scoring continued when Lewis Turner outpaced the Fifers’ defence to slam home a third for the hosts.
Bonnyrigg had their noses in front but added another when Moyes headed home a Nelson corner. Kelty weren’t out of the game, though, and after Bonnyrigg gave away a needless free-kick just outside the box, Stephen Husband drove the ball under the jumping wall to bring them back into the game in the 78th minute.
The visitors then grabbed an equaliser with five minutes remaining. The Bonnyrigg midfield gave the ball away cheaply that allowed substitute Stuart Cargill to outpace the home defence and score.
Bonnyrigg Rose: Bald, Brown, Hoskins, Stewart, Moyes, Archibald, Turner, Kidd, McGachie, Nelson, McLaren. Subs: Gray, Whitson, Thomson, Tobin, Donaldson.
Kelty Hearts: Allison, Hughes, Leighton, O’Neil, Courts, Jacobs, Currie, Husband, Smith, McCabe, Gates. Subs: Carstairs, Penman, Morris, Cargill, O’Reilly.