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Manager slates out of sorts Brora Rangers after defeat to Kelty Hearts


By Alasdair Fraser

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BRORA manager Steven Mackay labelled Tuesday night’s play-off performance “unacceptable” after plummeting to a first leg play-off defeat to Kelty Hearts.

Brora Rangers manager Steven Mackay. Picture: Callum Mackay
Brora Rangers manager Steven Mackay. Picture: Callum Mackay

Finishes from Dylan Easton and Kallum Higginbotham proved decisive as the Highland League champions fell well short of standard.

While Brora hadn’t played since early April, Kelty’s last competitive fixture was in January.

“I just don’t think we turned up at all,” Mackay said. “We asked the boys to start sharply. I felt we would have a little bit of an edge in terms of games played, as Kelty hadn’t played in months.

“I just felt we were lethargic. They showed more intent and they were more aggressive in the first half, both with and without the ball. They looked dangerous when they went forward. It was the complete opposite to us to be honest.

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

The Brora players will be under orders to redeem themselves in Fife tomorrow and Mackay added: “Nothing Kelty offered surprised us. We knew they would be streetwise and experienced. I just think they handled the occasion better than us.

“Once again our goalkeeper Joe Malin has spared us. It could have been embarrassing. The players will know they have let themselves down and they’ll know what they need to do on Saturday.”


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