Kirkintilloch Rob Roy continued their impressive start to their Super League Premier Division campaign with a hard fought win over Irvine Meadow on Saturday.
The victory elevates Rabs into second top league spot, one point behind leaders Hurlford United with a game less played than the Ayrshire side.
Yet Rabs got off to the worst possible start, finding themselves a goal down after only three minutes when Gary McCann sent over a low cross into the home goalmouth where Chris Hall was well placed to drill the ball into the net from close range.
But the visitors were unable to turn their early pressure into goals and in the 15th minute Rabs hauled themselves level when Chris Duff crossed for Willie Sawyers rose to despatch a well-directed header high into the net.
The goal injected new life into Rabs. David Barr had a shot cleared off the line and Gavin Mackie’s corner was scrambled for a further corner from which Danny Boyle headed wide.
Rabs edged in front five minutes into the second half when Luke Whelan crossed for the unmarked Kevin Watt to head past Shepherd.
But their lead lasted a mere five minutes before skipper Carter conceded a penalty which ex-Adamslie Park favourite Ryan Deas slotted past Brown.
With both sides looking to once again take the lead the match was an exciting encounter for the spectators.
Wilson’s free-kick was deflected by Rabs’ defensive wall for a corner while at the other end Watt’s clever chip was taken from under his bar by Shepherd.
As play swung from end to end Duff sent a drive flashing past the upright before only a well-timed block from Whelan prevented Hall from scoring.
With Rabs looking the more dangerous on the break, they grabbed the all-important third goal in the 74th minute when defender Boyle sent an angular header into the Meadow net.