Pro-Life Kelburne Mens 5s Draw Against Helensburgh 2s - 1.4.17
The young Kelburne 5s squad traveled to Hermitage Academy to play Helensburgh 2s in the penultimate game of the season. It was a smaller squad than normal due to holidays and injury but they welcomed back Mark Fulton for his second game of the season. Kelburne started the game without Peter Robertson who had been held up in traffic and with Gordon Martin kitted up to play in goals as normal keeper Douglas McEwan was unavailable. Young Callum Brown started at left back, a position he made his own during the match with some great tackling and distribution of the ball. The game started at a good pace with both teams pushing forward. Kelburne were enjoying the best of the play with Mark Fulton working unbelievably hard up front and Willie Hunt doing likewise in midfield. Alan Bryce marshalled the defence restricting Helensburgh to a few half chances with Mark, Jack Nelson and Rory McNeil creating some chances at the other end. Kelburne got the first goal of the game after some good work by Rory Semple and Rory McNeil, Mark Fulton found himself in the area and as he fired the ball towards the goal the Helensburgh keeper lost his bearings only to see the ball go into his goal. It was what the Kelburne play deserved. Helensburghs tactic of firing the ball into the area finally paid off when a pass found a Helenburgh player free in the area who slipped the ball past Gordon Martin. Kelburne continued to have the better of the play and Mark Fulton fired home an unstoppable shot for his, and Kelburnes, second goal of the game with a few minutes left in the first half. HT Helensburgh 2s 1-2 ProLife Kelburne 5s Helensburgh came out quickly in the second half and began to push Kelburne back, leaving them to hit on the break. Some great work by Ryan Wood at right back and Gordon Martin in goals made sure that the lead was maintained. In midfield Calum Jamieson and Sam Hunt were working back to help the defence and then working to get the ball to the forwards, but it was Willie Hunt in the centre of midfield who held the line. 10 minutes into the second the ball broke to Peter Robertson in the Helensburgh area but he shot narrowly wide. Helensburgh continued to push forward but Kelburne were still dangerous. Rory Semple picked up the ball on the right hand side, drove into the area but had his first shot blocked by the keeper. He managed to pick up the ball from the rebound and his reverse shot went narrowly past the far post. Callum Stewart continued to work hard on the left hand side trying to help create some chances. As last week Kelburne began to tire and Helensbugh finally found a way past Gordon Martin with 5 minutes to go. A draw was probably the right result but credit to all the Kelburne players and to the supporters who encouraged the team throughout the game.
FT Helensburgh 2s 2-2 ProLife Kelburne 5s.
In the after match voting we had a joint man of the match with both Mark Fulton and Callum Brown deservedly getting an equal amount of votes. Our last game of the season is against Greenock