IRVINE Victoria striker Kevin Adam made history at Campbell Park on Saturday – but the home side would ensure he had less reason to celebrate at full-time.

Saltcoats Victoria came back from 2-0 down to their North Ayrshire rivals to snatch a point, drawing 2-2.

And while Saltcoats are flirting with the relegation zone, and their opponents challenging for a title, Saltcoats coach Fraser Gunn says this result shows exactly what his side are capable of on their day.

The game was evenly contested in the opening stages, but it was the travelling Irvine side who took the lead into half time, when Alessandro Savarese capitalised on a Luc Leishman error to make it 1-0.

They pushed two ahead in the second half, with Kevin Adam tapping home a cross from a couple of yards out.

It was a momentous occasion for the striker, who moved joint top scorer of all-time for Irvine Victoria, as he made it 2-0 on 60 minutes.

But Saltcoats coach Gunn felt the result at this stage was harsh on his side.

He said: “I personally felt going 2-0 down was really harsh on us because I don’t think that was a fair reflection on how the game was going.”

Though a quick tactical change and Saltcoats got back in the match five minutes later, when Adam Graham debatably claimed the last touch on a Donald Bell corner.

Then with 13 minutes remaining, Greg Kean silenced the rowdy travelling support as he turned and curled an effort home from 15 yards out to make it 2-2.

There were few chances after that, and the points were shared.

Vics coach Gunn told the Herald: “After their second we changed the shape immediately and got a goal back a few minutes later. When we got the equaliser I thought we might have gone on and scored a winner but it wasn’t to be.

“All credit has to go to the players after that result, the desire they showed to get back into the game was brilliant and on the balance of play were good value for the draw at least.

“This result just proves to me what I already know – that on our day we are capable of competing with any team in the league and this result will do the boys confidence the world of good.”