Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s v Grove Menzieshill
Coming from a comfortable win in the cup quarter final against st Andrews Uni 5-0, Kelburne traveled up to Dundee for the top of the table clash knowing anything but a defeat would keep the league title in their own hands. It was a sunny afternoon in Dundee which the hill tried to use to their advantage by making kelburne play into the glare. The game started at a frantic pace with both teams eager to make an early impression knowing the stakes were high. Kelburne controlled possession early on but conceded a weak goal via a back post deflection due to miscommunication at the back. After the goal kelburne struggled to dominate the game the way they had so often this year but managed to create a great chance which was thwarted by an unbelievable triple save from Menzieshill's own Australian GK import. Menzieshill failed to create many clear cut chances but were gifted too many short corners which they failed to capitalize on.
The first half ended 1-0 to Menzieshill.
After the team talk from coaches and injured captain Johnny Christie, Kelburne came out the traps with much more energy. The ball was moving much quicker around the back and opened lots of passing lanes forward the midfield and forwards to utilize. This allowed kelburne to play much of the half in the Hill's territory but were halted from scoring by some good defending and saves from the keeper. After wave and wave of attack kelburne finally got the breakthrough via comeback signing Ben "Pieterson". After great work down the left channel Lee Morton managed to ride a couple challenges and roll the ball past the onrushing keeper to ben for an easy tap in. Knowing this result wasn't good enough for them Menzieshill started to throw bodies forward to get the winning goal but a well organised and hard working team defense from kelburne kept them at bay. Ben Rennie (our Aussie GK) was always at hand to make vitals saves whenever the Hill got a sight at goal. With Menzieshill committing men forward it left plenty of space for the kelburne forwards to counter attack and were very unfortunate not to win a number of penalty corners from cynical tackles from the hill defense.
Full time 1-1.
In the end not the best result for Kelburne but it keeps the league title in our own hands. Another double header next weekend with Gordonians and Wanderers will leave Kelburne with only 2 more wins to secure their 12th league title in a row.
Ben "Pieterson" 1