Young 5s Come Up Short

Glasgow University 3s                4
Kelburne Pro-Life Fitness 5s      1

Saturday 28 February 
Craigholme Sports Complex, PB 3pm

Gk - Matthew Retson 
Defence ? Ian McIntyre, Bryan Gimour, Thomas and Fraser Whiting 
Midfield ? Lucas Farndale, Johnny Hughes, Connor Sutherland 
Forwards ? Mark Fulton, Rory Anderson, John Millar 
Reserves ? Cameron McIntyre, Matthew Reid, Ciaran Wilcox, Niall Taylor and Craig Speirs 

The game started at a cold and wet Craigholme with the 5s side missing several of their regular players. The 5s were boosted by the return to competitive play of Mark Fulton who added grit and skill to the 5s attack. Both sides took possession during the first half with Mark Fulton threading several passes through the Glasgow Uni defence which, unfortunately, John Millar was just unable to get on the end of. The game flowed from end to end with the youngsters playing well against the students. The break through came in 22 minutes when Glasgow Uni scored with a shot which was fired past Matthew Retson. Shortly afterwards the students got a short corner and Bryan Gilmour was on the line to stop the ball illiegally with his feet. The students scored from the resultant penalty flick although young keeper Matthew managed to get a stick to the ball and was unlucky not to save. Kelburne came back and had 4 short corners in quick succession. The half time whistle went just as they were about to take the 4th short corner and from this a Mark Fulton strike was partially saved by the keeper who lost the ball in his feet and it trundled over the line to give the 5s a much deserved goal. 

HT Glasgow University 3s 2-1 Kelburne Pro-Life Fitness 5s 

Kelburne continued to up their game in the 2nd half with some strong passing & strike attempts. Mark Fulton provided strength to the young team, regardless of his loose shin guards. But in the rain the strength of the students finally proved too much for the young side as they began to tire. 2 further strikes which young keeper Matthew could do nothing about finished the game off and leaves the 5s survival in WDL Division 2 in jeopardy. The youngsters can hold their heads up as they battled to the end and at times played some excellent hockey. This goes to show the work of the development coaches is beginning to bear fruit as over half the team were 15 or younger with several 12 and 13 year olds 

FT Glasgow University 3s 4-1 Kelburne Pro-Life Fitness 5s 

Special thanks go to Iain Scholefield who came along and organised the bench and coached giving the team much needed support and guidance. Also the addition of veteran Mark Fulton was a great help as he showed that, not only is he a good outfield player, but he manages to motivate and guide the team on the park. Next week the 5s play a very good Western Wildcat 4s side which forms the bulk of their under 16 side.