Men's 2's Clinch Another Title

Kelburne     2    
Western      2

This weekend saw the Kelburne 2XI travel to Auchenhowie to play old rivals Western, in the knowledge that only a point was required to secure the league title. The team was missing injured Captain Ewan Carmichael.

The opening 15 minutes of the game saw Kelburne putting pressure on the Western Defence. Good work from the midfield of Fraser Hutchison, Miles Goldie and Rory Macmillan and the forward line of Andy Bremner, Andrew Duff and JG Shepherd led to Macmillan managing to get a shot away, which was well saved by the Western keeper. This was followed by continued Kelburne pressure resulting in a penalty corner being awarded. This pressure did not however result in a goal.

At spells during the first half western did well to put some pressure on the Kelburne defence, however the back line of Connor Bain, Fraser Scott, Adam McInnes and Harry Godfrey did well to contain any threat. Team boy Neil McIntyre also made some important tackles at left back. Good saves from Kelburne Keeper Fergus Barrows also meant that the Western forward line was unable to score.

With Kelburne continuing to pile on the pressure, Duff managed to get two shots away, once again to no avail. However, following some good build up play from midfield, McInnes played a pass in to back-post, where Duff was able to place the ball into the goal.

End of First Half, Kelburne 1 ? 0 Western.

The Second half began with Western pressing the Kelburne defence, and gaining a penalty corner, which was once again saved.

Following some skilful play from Craig Walker in the Western D, Kelburne were awarded a short corner. A good routine at top D saw Bremner deflect the ball into the net from back post. Kelburne 2 ? 0 Western.

Now two goals behind, Western once again went on the offensive, and following a breakdown in the Kelburne defence were able to slot the ball into goal at the near post. Kelburne 2 ? 1 Western.

Kelburne did gain more opportunities to put the result of the game beyond doubt, with Duff and McInnes unlucky not to see shots hit the back of the net.

In the dying minutes of the game, Western scored a penalty corner, drawing level with Kelburne.

Final Score, Kelburne 2 ? 2 Western.

This was a game that Kelburne will feel they could, and should have won. However, this result was all that was required to see the Kelburne 2XI crowned league champions for the twelfth time in thirteen years, and preserves their 100% undefeated record in the league this season.

The team now turns their focus to the remaining league games and the fast approaching Cup Final against Clydesdale.