The goals started coming early in this fixture, and they did not stop. Both teams grabbed a goal inside the first ten minutes, but then they dried up for Selkirk and Kelso ran away with it.
On the balance of play you would not have said there was ten goals of a difference between the sides. But the speed of Kelso’s forward play was frightening at times and they got their rewards. Greg Gillie in particular was on fine form, helping himself to four goals and being heavily involved in several of the others.
It took only two minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Kelso defender Ryan Angus was the man to do it, smashing home a half volley after the ball had broken to him from a corner.
Scott Nisbet then made an impressive double save to keep Selkirk in it, although the referee had called offside from the second attempt anyway.
After nine minutes, the home side were level. They were awarded a free kick about 25 yards out and Cameron McLean expertly bent it round the wall and into the corner.
Selkirk could actually have gone in front when a chipped pass played in Matthew Francis. His low effort was saved by the right foot of Bailey Todd. This was made worse when the visitors went straight up the other end and scored. Gillie got his first of the day, bursting through to edge Kelso in front.
The trio of Gillie, James de Bolle and Ross Mackay were looking really in the mood now. The willingness of all three to run at and commit defenders was the catalyst of chance after chance.
Keiran Fleming hit the post after being set up by de Bolle, Gillie had a header saved after a great volleyed cross by Kai Robertson and de Bolle hit the byline again only for Robertson’s shot to be cleared off the line.
Selkirk’s main outlet was Henry Antcliffe, the left winger’s trickery giving Kelso’s Angus something to think about.
Antcliffe earned McLean another chance to score from a dead ball when he was brought down just outside the box. Another good effort was saved by Todd.
But Kelso sneaked further ahead on 25 minutes. Gillie had just had a shot saved after good work by Jamie Cockburn, and he then knicked it off a defender just outside the box before driving in and dispatching it low into the net.
And it was four only a minute later. Fleming managed to avoid the woodwork this time with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.
Selkirk attempted to turn the tide and Kyle Adamson had a strike saved before Francis nearly capitalised on a spill by Kelso keeper Todd. He seemed to be caught in two minds between going alone or trying a cut back, and couldn’t apply either.
Ruthless Kelso again scored immediately after a Selkirk chance. Gillie outstripped the defence before crossing for Fleming to score.