Pro-Life Kelburne Men's 5s Draw with Helensburgh 2s - 2.9.17
Kelburne got off to a great start in the West District Division 3 with a 2-2 draw against Helensburgh 2s.
The youngsters, Fergus Noble and Sam Hunt combined well to set up 10 year old debutante Tommy Austin, who smashed the ball into the net within the first few minutes of the match. As both teams settled into the game, Kelburne did most of the pressing with Helensburgh playing on the counter attack. 10 minutes in and Kelburne almost scored again only to be denied by some good goalkeeping. Helensburgh enjoyed a period of pressure and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal in the 14th minute. The mix of experience and youth worked well for Kelburne as they battled back and forced the Helensburgh keeper into another good save. At the other end the Kelburne defence did well to minimise shots on the goal of youngster Rowan McClure, who was also making his debut, with Willie Hunt often pushing out, reading the game well and breaking up the Helensburgh attack. The Helensburgh keeper was busy again after Dick Donaldson went on a run, found Sam in the circle who then turned and shot. From a Kelburne short corner, the ball was laid off to Fergus and his powerful shot was turned around the post by the Helensburgh keeper. Kelburne finished the first half looking balanced, making frequent attacks and keeping up the pressure.
HT Helensburgh 2s 1-1 Kelburne 5s
Don Tervit joined the play as the second half started but it was Helensburgh who got out of the blocks fast, almost scoring with a great ball into the circle which no one could connect with the Kelburne goal wide open. The presence of Don now added another dimension to the Kelburne attack with Dick, Willie and Scott Peters picking him out with some nice passing. Helensburgh then scored a second goal against the run of play. The positive energy from the Kelburne youngsters forced Helensburgh onto the back foot for the remainder of the game. After a flurry of short corners, Helensburgh survived again with the keeper saving shots from Dick, Aaron O'Hear and Tommy. With the clock ticking down Kelburne stepped up a gear with Ian pushing up and Don becoming a real threat. Don was finally rewarded with a great equaliser, beating a few players on the edge of the circle before finding the space to smash a powerful shot into the net. Kelburne played out the game comfortably but could easily have won the match if it weren't for some superb goalkeeping.
Next week, 9th September, the Kelburne 5s play against Hillhead 6s at Glasgow Green with a 4-30pm pushback