Kelburne Q bikes Mens 2s v Western 2s
Saturday 28th November
A spirited 5-0 victory over arch rivals Western ensures that Kelburne enter the winter break top of Central League 1. Torrential rain subsided before pushback allowing the game to proceed, however conditions proved challenging for both teams.
After a tentative start, with neither team dominating possession, Kelburne's probing attacks eventually resulted in the game's opening goal. Martin Byrne quickly transferred the ball to supporting centre back Fraser Scott just outside the opposition 25 yard line. Aided by the decoy running of Andrew Duff, the stalwart defender played a diagonal pass to John-Gerard Shepherd. Finding himself unmarked inside the D, Shepherd clipped the ball goal wards past the beaten keeper. 1-0.
After two unconverted efforts from penalty corners, Kelburne struck lucky on the third attempt. An inaccurate injection was swiftly regathered by Fraser Scott. The stopper executed a well-timed slip to Miles Goldie who swept a pacey ball goal wards aware of Andrew Bremner in a prudent position. The captain calmly squeezed his deflection underneath a diving Western keeper.
Composed play from right back, Martin Byrne, released Miles Goldie who surged through a wide gap in the Western defence. As the Wildcats scrambled to recover, Goldie continued to drive along the baseline and then dropped the ball straight back to Andrew Duff. The Vardy-esque striker, scoring consecutively in the last four games, rocketed his shot into the roof of the net.
Half time Kelburne Q bikes Mens 2s 3-0 Western 2s
No excuses from Matt McGinley who won and missed a penalty flick shortly after the break. However player coach, Ewan Carmichael, seized the initiative after winning possession in midfield. A purposeful drive that saw him split Western's centre back pair was bravely finished off with a dive and lofted shot over the rushing goalkeeper.
Kelburne's fifth and final goal was instigated by improving youngster, Ross Wallace. Harassed by a duo of tracking defenders, Wallace protected possession and relayed the ball to omnipresent McGinley. The midfielder played an unsympathetic pass to J.G. Shepherd inside the D. Unfazed and eager to make up for an earlier green card, J.G waltzed past two players and lashed an unexpected reverse shot on target to score his second of the game.
Special mention goes to Doug Turner as the Kelburne keeper defiantly maintained a clean sheet. Western created a number of countering attacking opportunities, making clever use of the aerial pass, but Turner was unbeatable. His double save from a penalty corner, one of which came from his helmet on the deck, provided the match highlight.
Full time Kelburne Q bikes Mens 2s 5-0 Western 2s