Bromac Kelburne continued their 100% record in this year?s National league with a convincing 4-2 away win at Auchenhowie.
Having made the short journey across Glasgow, Kelburne started swiftly, pressing high up the pitch and playing with real intensity. Within the first five minutes, a quick transfer of play allowed Jack McKenzie to find space in the ?D? and the Scotland under 21 international calmly found the foot of a Western defender.
Former Stepps frontman, Douglas Simpson, then slotted home the resulting corner with a pin-point dragflick, giving the away side the lead.
Kelburne pushed to maintain their intensity, in and out of possession, but were undone by a long, high ariel ball that resulted in an untidy equalizer for Western. With the last touch ricocheting off the stick of a Kelburne defender, the away team were frustrated to lose their lead. The intensity dropped slightly after the sides drew level and with Western pressing high up the pitch, they were looking to take the lead for the first time. Eventually Kelburne regained their composure and after a succession of passes they found themselves with another penalty corner.
This time Scott Sutherland stepped up, throwing a dummy to the first runner before shifting the ball on to his reverse stick and smashing it home into the bottom right hand corner.
Western had a series of corners at the end of the first half but they were dealt with by the post man, Craig Morton. Morton kept his composer and deflected Scott McArtney?s drag flick away from goal as the whole of the Western team surrounded the circle for the last play of the half. Having battled hard after the equalizer it was a real boost for the buddies to go in at half time with the lead.
As the game progressed in the second half, the determined Paisley side showed their quality. They began to control the tempo of the game and produced several chances as a result of this. The next goal would be crucial and after another phase of possession Kelburne were awarded a penalty corner for a foul in the circle. This time Leah Morton fired the ball at goal. His shot was saved by the keeper and the rebound bounced towards Michael Bremner who controlled and finished high in to the net the give Kelburne a 2 goal cushion.
Kelburne?s dominance continued and the 4th goal came from Leah Morton with around 10 minutes to play. Adam Bain, known for his cross field passing from left back, smashed a ball to top circle from just inside Western?s half. With the ball traveling at shin height past several defenders, Morton collected the ball brilliantly with his first touch, went past a defender with his second and slotted the ball under Gavin Sommerville with his third.
With the result now beyond Wildcat?s, Kelburne looked to be seeing the game out but a lack of concentration resulted in a turnover in their defensive 25. Scott McArtney intercepted the ball and drove in to the circle, firing past derby debutant Ben Rennie, via a deflection from a brave last ditch tackle by Adam Bain. Western struggled to create any more chances and Kelburne successfully overturned the 4-2 loss that they suffered at the same ground last season.