Q-Bike Kelburne Men?s 2s played their second home game ofthe season in the District Cup against last year?s semi-final opponents Dundee Wanderers 2s, pulling out a 3-0 win to continue their string of wins since the seasons start and progress to the next round.
The 12 man side -a repeating pattern among the varying age group team- arrived in high spirits on Saturday 10th October and appeared to start well. Within the first 5 minutes however, Dundee managed to breach the defending circle to bobble a shot towards goal, skimming wide. After the initial shock of this, Kelburne's defence organised themselves with Frasers Hutchison and Scott commanding each other, Mark Connor and new comer Will Adams. Throughout the first half numerous passes made it through Dundee's defensive lines and into the D where shots were either sent away by the keeper, or came within inches of back post deflections. It seemed that the goals would come, the only question was how long. The only serious threat to Kelburne's own goalkeeper came in the form of a short corner towards the end of the first half, which was vigorously parried away by semi-pro sprinter Fraser Hutchison.
Half time score Kelburne 0-0 Dundee Wanderers
After a stern half time talk from the highly experienced members of the team, Kelburne stepped out into the second half with their eyes on the target and their sticks firmly placed in their hands, which helps. After 5 minutes of back and forth play that resembled the first half, Kelburne started to make a habit of breaching into the circle, resulting in a few short corners which didn't quite find their mark at the hands of Ross 'Lenny' MacPherson, Matt McGinley and Miles Goldie. Dundee's downfall came in the form of an over-zealous defender trying to 'chest-bump' the ball off the line from a short corner won by Matt McGinley. John-Gerard stepped up to the mantle to slot a low flick past a highly confused and prone goalkeeper, taking the score -finally- to 1-0. With the taste for numbers on the scoresheet Kelburne began dominating the field for the following 10 minutes in which Lenny, Miles and Ewan Carmichael slotted balls from the mid-field towards the D. It didn't take long for Andrew Duff to collect one such pass on the top left of the circle and fire a reverse hit past two defenders and a keeper to make it 2-0. Soon after another pass found Matt again who drew another short corner, although the original shot was kept out, Duff again stepped up to take a deflection in the air and fired what witnesses could only describe as 'an unnecessarily good' shot into the roof of the net 3-0. With 15 minutes to go Dundee tried to make reparations to the score sheet with one shot on target, easily saved by Doug Turner, and another short corner, blocked by Fraser Hutchison, with a solid clearance from Fraser Scott. In the final minute another attempt for Kelburne to put away a goal came through the back after a pass up field from Doug, with world-class 1-touch passing through Lenny and up to Matt with a shot that flew just wide of the posts.
The final whistle blew at 3-0, Kelburne's 4th win and 3rd clean sheet.
Q-Bike men's 2s hope to continue their successful season today (Sunday 11.10.15) away against Edinburgh uni 2s)