Match report: Helensburgh 1?s v Pro Life Fitness Kelburne 3?s
Saturday 19th September
Pro Life Fitness Kelburne 3's turned up at Helensburgh with only 3 senior outfield players and it was understandable that the team took a while to settle into the game against experienced opposition.
Helensburgh took the lead early on and followed that up with another goal from an acute angle past Dougie McEwan on his inside post. So 2-0 down early on, but Kelburne then settled down and eased into the game with John Miller and Martin Byrne starting to get control of the midfield alongside David Bone and as a result the chances started to come.
The pressure paid off late in the first half when Finn Halliday calmly converted a penalty stroke after a short corner resulted in a Ciaran Wilcox shot being kicked on the line after a Billy Anderson missed attempt.
HT Pro Life Fitness Kelburne 1-2 Helensburgh
Kelburne started the 2nd half well and Alex Bogan was settling in well beside Davy Magee on the centre of defence and Kelburne took control of the game with a succession of short corners with Billy Anderson uncharacteristically missing 3 tap ins from well worked routines .
Pressure did pay off though as Magoo stepped forward for a short corner and rifled home to the bottom corner to draw Kelburne level at 2-2. It was then the turn of Niall Taylor to put Kelburne in front with a slight misfit reverse stick shot which caught the keeper off guard and the ball rolled in for a 3-2 lead to Kelburne.
Back came Helensburgh though and 2 break aways in quick succession punished some inexperienced defending and some good flowing hockey saw Helensburgh take a 4-3 lead against the run of play with 10 minutes to play.
The impressive Niall Taylor and Johnny Hughes were causing problem for the Helensburgh defence and to Kelburnes credit the young squad dug in again and forced some great saves from the home keeper saving well from Finn Halliday before David bone won a last second short corner and with everyone around the circle and time finished, Billy Anderson was trusted one more time and this time he did convert from close range much to the delight of the whole team and the support
Over all, an excellent performance against an experienced adult team and captain Anderson was rightly delighted with how hard every player worked for each other and he felt that had we converted more of our chances we would have had the victory.
FT Pro Life Fitness Kelburne 4-4 Helensburgh