DAFC have a business partnership with Kelty Hearts Juniors, with the Pars Under 20s team playing their home games at Kelty's New Central Park in 2016/17, and the first team training at the same location, in addition to other activity between the 2 clubs. This blog, plus the blog's Twitter page, has supported Kelty throughout the season, including an article from November that included a contribution from Kelty player/manager Thomas Courts: www.parsreview.org/blog/the-kelty-connection. This article looks at the end of a fantastic season for Kelty Hearts, with photos and a video. Thomas Courts has once again made a big contribution, supplying commentary for the video. Many thanks to him - a class act on and off the pitch.
Here is the video, which was edited and uploaded today by my son Ben on his Pars YouTube channel, "DA Talk":
DA Talk YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BVIChsK6v-iTyJnKNf7Eg
The final League match of the East Super League seemed to be set up for a winner takes all clash between Kelty and Bonnyrigg Rose, until Rose's surprise midweek home defeat to Linlithgow, which was their final game in hand over Kelty, and which meant that the Hearts were confirmed as title winners prior to the weekend game between the teams. This did not impact on Kelty's desire and determination to win yesterday's game, which they did convincingly: the 3-0 scoreline was an impressive way to end a superb season, with goals from Scott Dalziel, Brian Ritchie and Archie Campbell. Captain Shaun Greig lifted the trophy at the end of the game. Greig is a Kelty stalwart, forming the backbone of the team alongside player-manager Thomas Courts, ex-Pars midfielder Stephen Husband, Craig Thomson and others including Stuart Cargill, who scored his 100th Kelty goal this season before injury prevented him taking part in the final weeks of the season.
The 78 points that Kelty won this season is a record for the competition, beating every other previous winner, and continues a golden period in the club's history, following their title win in 2015 and a second-placed finish last season. The club is moving forward off the pitch too, with continual upgrading of their ground, and a new stand planned for next season. They are a true family club, and it was great to see a big crowd of all ages inside New Central Park to enjoy the game and the trophy presentation.
All content (written, photos & video) by Pars Review/DA Talk.
Other photos from yesterday's game: