Ebene News – GB – Steven Mackay admits Brora Rangers failed to show up in Pyramid Dams’ first leg loss to Kelty Hearts

Brora Rangers manager Steven Mackay said his players fell below standard in their 2-0 first leg loss to Kelty Hearts in the pyramid game offs

The Cattachs went to one goal in every half from Dylan Easton and Kallum Higginbotham, giving them a tough job in Saturday’s second leg at New Central Park

Kelty had started well, but an outstanding goalie from Joe Malin kept them at bay, with the former Ross County stopper making two penalty stops to deny Higginbotham and Nathan Austin in the first nine minutes

Mackay felt his team had failed to measure up and said: “I don’t think we came at all

“We asked the boys to start sharply I felt we would have a little edge in terms of the games we played because Kelty hasn’t played for the past few weeks and months

“I just felt we were lethargic, they showed more intention and they were more aggressive in the first half, with and without the ball. They looked dangerous when they went from the before

“It was really surprising. I have always spoken positively about our team and the threats and dangers we pose, but it was an unacceptable performance

“We knew their threats, we knew they would be streetwise with the experience by their side. I just think they handled the opportunity a lot better than us”

Mackay paid tribute to Malin for maintaining the draw ahead of this weekend’s second leg against the Fifers

Brora boss added: “Once again I’m going to go out and talk about Joe Malin He kept the score low

“He saved two penalties, and he made two saves towards the end. The score could have been embarrassing

“The only bright spot we can take is the fact that it’s only 2-0, as ridiculous as it sounds I didn’t think I would say that before kick-off is sure “

Kelty manager Barry Ferguson said: “It was always a worry on my mind because we hadn’t played competitive football since January

“So I’m happy with the performance, but I still think that sometimes we can do better

“Overall, though, I’m delighted to come to a place like Brora and win 2-0 because I’ve watched them a few times and seen the results they got.

“We know Brora is going to throw everything at us and we have to prepare for it – and I’m sure we will be”

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Ebene News – GB – Steven Mackay admits the Brora Rangers did not meet presented during the pyramid play-off loss to Kelty Hearts

Source: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/highland-league/3111463/steven-mackay-admits-brora-rangers-did-not-turn-up-in-pyramid-play-off-first-leg-defeat-to-kelty-hearts/