DAILY RECORD 🔵 Kennedy: If EK beat Tranent it would take a collapse for us not to win league – Shango Media

DAILY RECORD 🔵 Kennedy: If EK beat Tranent it would take a collapse for us not to win league

Mick Kennedy reckons if East Kilbride beat Tranent tonight his side can only throw away the Lowland League title.

Kilby host the East Lothian side at K-Park and Kennedy knows a positive result will put them on the cusp of the club’s first Lowland League title for five years.

Kilby – who have lost just twice all season – held a 10-point lead over second-place Cumbernauld Colts going into the match, but fourth-place Tranent are the only side who can still realistically catch them.

Tranent sit 14 points adrift with two games in hand and with a meeting at home to EK to come on the final day of the season.

”If we beat Tranent then we are in a very strong position. I think we’d need a collapse to not stay where we are, said Kennedy.

“If Tranent beat us and win our games in hand then they could cut it down to five points with nine games to go – and we play them on the last day of the season – so five points would be nothing.

“I wouldn’t want to be going to Tranent on the last day of the season needing something to win the league.

“In an ideal world, it would be done by then.

“So it is important we keep winning and we will set out to do that.

East Kilbride boss Mick Kennedy says his side can cause an upset against SPFL Trust Trophy holders Hamilton in front of a sell-out crowd at K-Park
East Kilbride are clear at the top of the Lowland League

“We will be in a very strong position if we come through this week with maximum points.

“Tranent have probably got a harder run-in than we have as well.

“We would probably need to lose something like five games from our remaining nine, so it would need to be a collapse.

“But we will be respectful of the opposition.”

Kennedy certainly knows not to take Tranent likely, having been on the end of a 7-0 annihilation in the Scottish Cup earlier in the season.

He added: “That day showed how good a side Tranent can be if we are not at it.

“I think it will be a very different game. I think that was one of those strange days and I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of that.

“We were ravaged by injury in that game and we are in a lot stronger position now.

“We have a stronger squad than we did then and things are looking positive.”

Meanwhile, Kennedy admits he was happy to get out of Central Park with three points on Saturday after they needed to dig in to do the double on Cowdenbeath.

Kilby battered the Blue Brazil 6-0 in the South Challenge Cup last week but faced a sterner test on Saturday when they came from behind to edge out the 10-man Fifers in a 2-1 win.

The visitors fell behind after nine minutes when Ewen Macpherson opened the scoring, but Aaron Arnott equalised for Kilby in the 40th minute.

Cowden’s task was made more difficult when Macpherson saw red for an off the ball incident involving Dylan MacDonald.

And it was left to new signing Tiwi Daramola to find the winner, firing home after 61 minutes to seal a 19th league win of the season.

Kennedy said: “I think it was always going to be a lot more difficult this time after going there the previous week and winning 6-0.

“Cowdenbeath were obviously determined to make sure that didn’t happen again and sometimes you are just happy to get out of there with the three points.

“We’ve done that and that was the most important thing.

“Tiwi has got an amazing knack of being in the right place at the right time.

East Kilbride celebrate at Cowdenbeath

“I’m just delighted to get the win. I felt we were fairly comfortable, even though it was a bit tight in terms of scoreline.

“Cowdenbeath having a player sent off at 1-1 obviously helps.”

On reflection, Kennedy thought Cowden were hard done by with the red card.

He added: “It was a coming together off the ball and I’ve seen it back.

“I don’t think it is a red card and it looks worse than it probably is.

“I think everybody at the time thought it was an elbow, and I can understand why the referee has shown a red, but when you see it back I think the player has just shoved Dylan to the ground.

“There’s not as much in it as it looked.”

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