Twists aplenty as Spartans net four and still only draw

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Spartans scored all four goals, two of them into their own net, and a late equaliser to share the points against East Kilbride at Ainslie Park.

The home side took the lead after just four minutes when Kevin Motion met Errol Douglas’ cross at the back post and volleyed the ball into the net.

East Kilbride found themselves back on level terms after 54 minutes when a ball into the box by Harry Mitchell bounced off the head of defender Mike Bruce and into his own goal.

Spartans thought they had put themselves ahead in the 65th minute when Gary Cennerazzo curled in a strike from the edge of the box. The referee awarded the goal, then, following a discussion with his assistant, decided to chalk it off. East Kilbride then went ahead as Kevin Swain turned a shot by Victoria wide only to see it bounce off Motion and into the net for another own goal.

East Kilbride were then awarded a penalty though only after the referee, who was standing next to the incident and had initially waved play on, spoke to his assistant. Sub Marc Templeton opted to take the penalty but Spartans ’keeper Kevin Swain saved superbly. Moments later the home side were reduce to ten men as Donal Henretty, making his 400th appearance for the club, was bizarrely shown a straight red after an innocuous tussle.

Ten man Spartans pushed on however and were eventually awarded a penalty in the 92nd minute when Motion made up for his earlier own goal by blasting the ball into the net.

Spartans: Swain, Herd (Raiker), Cennerazzo, Sivewright, Bruce, Stevenson, Brown, Muhsin (Henretty), Douglas (McLeod), Bremner, Motion. Unused: O’Donnell, Gilpin.

East Kilbride: Kean, Tierney, McLaughlan (Templeton), Howie, Home, McKenna (McGuiness), Gormley, McLeish, Victoria, Mitchell (Giblin), O’Hara. Unused: Lachlan, Gordon, Duncan, O’Hanlon.