Kelburne 5th XI: 4
Clydesdale 4th XI: 0
The gents 5?s have had a roller coaster season and Saturday?s game was no different , with a great performance from a Kelburne team that featured the usual brand of young and not so young Hockey Stars.
The usual stalwarts of Bryce, Bain and Cairns dominated the midfield with The auld yin ( Steve Bain ) playing in an unusual attacking role and getting assistance from the club physio John Fergusson the early pressure was all on Clydesdale and with the lively support of the amazing Willie Allan , Donald Campbell and Andrew Kinnear the youngsters Nicol ,Lyndsay ,Cairns (Jason)and Conner were playing some great hockey and it was no surprise when they converted pressure into goals with superb Steve Bain converting from a penalty corner and then John Fergusson winning possession and a great driving run before rocketing the ball past the helpless keeper into the back of the net to put Kelburne 2 up.
Kelburne continued to pressurise Clydesdale and it was no surprise when they added a third goal with Club Veteran Alan Bryce converting this Penalty Corner with a superb strike from the top of the Dee.This should have settled Kelburne but they were lucky to survive to half time with their lead intact and can thank Irving in goal for a couple of very good saves just on the stroke of half time.
The second half saw Kelburne continue to dominate and with young Ryan Edgar and Jordan Lyndsay combining well and Jason Cairns and Michael Nicol looking sharp up front it was surprising that the 5?s did not add to their goal tally. Mark Connor then finished a superb spell of play with a reverse flick past the despairing keeper with the Clydesdale defence all at sea ?an absolute cracker for the young man.
Both teams exchanged chances but Kelburne looked really good going forward and with Bryce and Cairns dominating at the back Irving was left a virtual passenger.
The selectors do not have their problems to seek for the long trip to Dumfries next week with young keeper Greig Cunningham desperate for start before he flies off to Malta with the GB Lions .
After a slow start to the league, Kelburne now find themselves moving out of the bottom half of the league and starting to climb up the table.