On 16.9.17 - This game really was a tale of two halves. Two halves both far below Kelburne standards for different reasons. The team started slowly, but filled with confidence from last week’s away win against Grange 3s. Kelburne was up for the challenge and looking for another scalp to claim. There was a very cagey start to the game, both sides putting in strong defensive efforts to break up play. Midfield trio of Alan Walker, Ewan Carmichael and JG Shepherd working over-time to prevent any build-up from the Watson's team. Chances were a plenty for both teams, however, a loss of concentration allowed Watson's to fire home a scrappy goal. 22 mins gone and it stood Watsonians 1-0 Kelburne. However right at the death on 34 minutes, Kelburne struck back. With the ball bouncing around in front the net, Alan Walker was on hand to slot the ball past a panicking keeper. Kelburne started the second half more brightly with forwards Ciaran Wilcox, Rory McClure and Andrew Duff showing great urgency to get on the ball and make things happen for the Paisley side. Watsonians did well to keep out the pressure and limit the penetrations into the D to a few. It was after this point that the game became very feisty with both sides eager to get on top, the first victim being Rory McClure with a green on 44’ for a questionable tackle. Not 3 minutes later and Kelburne lost another to a green card; with centre back Fraser Hutchison going to the bin for his 2 minute break. Watsonians had their fair share of cards also, with a player receiving a green and on his return a yellow for an immediate infringement. Goal scorer Walker also received a green for a lax tackle on 56 minutes. Shortly after JG received the second yellow of the game, an interesting decision but a fair call given the umpires' view of events. To cap things off, Ciaran Wilcox received the final card and his first yellow of the season for a sliding tackle with minutes to go. It was at this moment Kelburne had fired into full counter attack mode, but nothing was sticking. With 28 entries into the D and 6 shorts awarded in Kelburne’s favour, it was clear that the team were lacking the finishing touch in the final third.
Final score 1-1. Man of the Match: Connor Bain for an outstanding performance at the back, and young reliable Niall Taylor being voted DOTD : )
Kelburne 2s will look ahead to their next fixture against another east coast team, Edinburgh Uni 2s that will be played on the 30th September at Peffermill.