ProLife Kelburne Men's 5s v Glasgow University 3's
Saturday 20th February 2016
The young 5th team took to the field on a cold and wet Saturday lunchtime to face a fast and physical Glasgow Uni eleven. After observing a minutes silence to remember the passing of Gerry Ralph, Kelburne started brightly, with Willie Allan firing a shot off in the opening minute only to pull a great save out of the Glasgow Uni keeper. Possession was equal for the first 10 minutes, with Kelburne's Matthew Retson making some excellent saves. Unfortunately Kelburne couldn't make their early pressure amount to much, and Glasgow Uni took the lead after 12 minutes. Glasgow Uni furthered their lead around the 20 minute mark, with a scrappy goal. Kelburne were forced to work hard with defenders Ryan Wood and Matthew Reid being forced to contend with extremely quick Glasgow attackers. With some great saves and an extremely high work rate from the rest of the team, Kelburne were able to carry themselves through to half time, still in contention to win the game.
HT Prolife Kelburne Men's 5s 0 ? 2 Glasgow University 3s
After some words of motivation at half time, Kelburne went back out hungry and after the victory. Glasgow Uni continued to work us very hard, with some last ditch defending from Ryan Wood preventing them from scoring early on in the second half. However, their pressure eventually told as they increased their winning margin to 3 after 40 minutes. Instead of letting our heads drop, Kelburne rallied and began to move the ball better, finding yellow tops more often. The midfield trio of Gavin Bantges, Willie Allan and Allan McNicol were working hard to try and create for the attackers. Young forward Jay Berry came close on a couple of occasions and watched one of his shots go inches wide. Kelburne were rewarded for their pressure with a penalty flick, and Craig Spiers stepped up to take it, but was unfortunately saved by the Glasgow Uni keeper. As Kelburne looked for a route back into the match late on, 2 goals were scored at the wrong end, after being caught on the counter attack.
FT Prolife Kelburne Men's 5s 0-5 Glasgow University 3s
Overall, the young 5s worked extremely hard to contend with the physicality of the Glasgow Uni eleven. However we do need to work on the basics of our game, as it would have been a whole different story if our passing was a little better.
Special mentions to Willie Allan and Gavin Bantges who stepped down from the 4s, and put in an excellent shift. Also to Matthew Retson in goals, who was absolutely phenomenal in-between the sticks for Kelburne today. Next week the young 5s play Strathclyde University 2s