On 7.9.19 - The all new Kelburne 6th team started life with a game against Dunfries 2’s on a warm sunny September afternoon. The new squad included 10 debutants, 8 youngsters and 2 slightly less young! The Dumfries team included some experienced and strong players and they dominated the early exchanges. Kelburne survived the early play and started to play nice hockey with Ian McIntyre and Alex Austin exchanging passes on the left and Adam running nicely on the right. Dumfries eventually made their experience tell by sneaking in at the back post to score. Reece Nicholl had shown great confidence with some nice saves but were unluckily undone by a deflected shot for Dumfries’ second. 2-0 at half time. The Kelburne debutants were gaining confidence and some nice play left to Alan Bryce (not a debutant!) in space in the D to calmly slot it home to halve the deficit. Kelburne were chasing the game and pushing forward with Fraser Berry, Kyle Craig, Ben Moody and Ross Gillies moving nicely. Dumfries were always dangerous and quick on the break and scored a nice third. However, Kelburne’s heads remained high and they continued to drive forward. Long balls to Alan and the other forwards were working well, but with no final outcome. Some nice play led to several Kelburne corners, which led to good saves and goal line clearances. Andrew Jack who had excelled with the responsibilities of centre midfield scored with a magnificent reverse stick strike into the top left corner. All to play for in the final 10 minutes. The team’s confidence was increasing, and the youngsters were willing to run into space and receive the ball – Tom Hunt and Robert Philips were exchanging well down the right. However, despite the forward drive from Willie and debutant Paul Brown, Dumfries hung on for the win. An excellent first outing for the Kelburne 6th team, well done – onwards and upwards.
On the Way to Victory!
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