Caledonian Braves vs Dalbeattie Star
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Caledonian Braves vs Dalbeattie Star

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, KO 19:45 | Lowland League | Alliance Park

The Braves engaged in a thriller with Dalbeattie Star in the Lowland League as the game finished with 10 goals scored.

Neil McLaughlin put the homeside into an early lead when he met a Ben Daily at the back post, he was calm and composed as he popped the ball under the Star Keeper.  

Kyle Johnson came close to doubling the lead after neat link up play with Daily allowed him a shot at goal from distance but it was well saved. Ross McNeil and David Winters both also had chances to double the lead but to the efforte of Parker in the Star goal. 

Star would grab their first goal, a slack pass out from Marshall was intercepted, cut back and poked home to bring the game level. The second came quickly for the away side as long free kick was met at the back post, again cup back and tapped home past a crowded six-yard box. 

The Braves brought themselves back level through McNeil, a great back heel from Marc Kelly allowed the striker to turn and hit the post and into the back of the net. 

Just before the interval Star would regain the lead. A cross into the box was met by head of the attacked and his effort towards goal had Marshall well beaten.

Into the second half and Winters had a header crack the post as Braves tried to get back into the game. Johnson and McLaughlin then both saw chances go just wide of the target. 

Star took a 4-2 advantage after a deflection in the box fell kindly to one of the away side's players and he thundered it into the opposite corner. Then on the counter Star added a fifth. Marshall made an inital save but the ball rolled under to the opposition to tap home. 

Braves won a penalty after a danagerous ball in from Winters met the hand of the opposition player. 
McNeil cooly dispatched the penalty into the bottom corner and it was game on once again. 

The home side grabbed a quick fourth, a long ball forward was headed on by substitue Jack McDowall, the ball kindly fell into the path of Ben Daily who smashed the ball into the net. 

McNeil had a hat trick overhead kick cancled out for offside as the Braves rallied for that equaliser. It would come following a poor clearance from the Star defence. The ball landed infront of Winters who curved a perfect ball into the opposite corner to grab a point for the Braves.