Kelburne U18: 7
Inverlieth U18: 2
Kelburne romped to their greatest ever junior cup victory against old rivals Inverlieth. The Edinburgh side had been touted as the pre match favourites but the inclusion of newly capped senior international Kenny Bain gave the Buddies a confidence boost.
Kelburne started off in confident fashion with the forward line of Alan Forsyth and Kenny Bain causing problems for the Inverleith defence. In the fourth minute a reverse pass from Josh Cairns sent Bain on his way and he found Forsyth at the far post who?s first shot was parried by the keeper but the rebound was blocked on the line by a defenders foot. Skipper David Forsyth stepped up to fire the resulting penalty high into the net and give ?Burne a deserved early lead.
Inverlieth responded well and gradually began to force Kelburne onto the back foot. However, they found the Kelburne defence a tough nut to crack with Craig Morton and Fraser Hutchison in fine form and goalkeeper Jon Rooney having his finest game in a Kelburne jersey, mopping up anything which managed to break through.
But it was Kelburne who were creating the more clear cut chances chances with only some good goalkeeping and defensive blocks kept them out.
Midway through the half some slack marking in the ?Burne defence presented Inverleith with a half-chance and they took it gratefully to pull themselves back into the match.
But Kelburne continued to be the more dominant side. With 5 minutes of the half remaining, midfielder Matt McGinley won a foul on the Inverlieth 25-yard line. Josh Cairns fired the free hit into the circle where striker Kenny Bain pounced to deflect the ball past the helpless keeper.
While the first half had been a somewhat tense affair, with ?Burne now holding the advantage they stepped up their pace in the second half and produced a superb display of hockey.
Their passing and movement was a joy to watch and despite a spirited attempt from Inverleith they were totally outplayed by the determined Paisley outfit.
Five minutes into the half, Cairns made it 3-1 with a terrific drag flick from a short corner. Two minutes later David Forsyth converted his second penalty of the day after brother Alan had seen his effort chalked off with the umpire blowing for an earlier infringement.
Midway through the half a clear foul on midfielder Michael Bremner the circle allowed David Forysth to coolly convert his third penalty and hat trick of the day to put Kelburne out of site with a 5-1 lead.
Despite a number of changes allowing youngsters, Ben Peterson, Jason Cairns, Andy Kinnear and Jordan Lyndsey to enjoy their debuts at this level, Kelburne continued to look the more likely side. With David Forsyth in control of the midfield and the powering runs of Bain causing havoc in the Inverleith defence they moved further ahead through a terrific solo effort from Bain, who drove past the Inverleith defence before coolly slipping the ball past the keeper.
Kelburne?s final goal typified their performance. From an Inverleith attack, Fraser Hutchison?s tremendous tackle won possession and he slipped the ball wide on the left-hand side to David Forsyth. Forsyth slipped his marker to fire a ball down the line to Kenny Bain. The tall striker powered his way past two defenders but seemed to have lost control and with the ball rolling agonisingly towards the base-line, the striker stretched out and lashed the ball across the circle where Josh Cairns threw himself goalward to force the ball over the line and cap a fine performance wth his second goal of the day.
Two minutes from time, Inverlieth managed a consolation effort from the penalty spot. However it was not going to spoil what was a terrific performance from this young side who ran out comfortable 7-2 winners.
Manager Steve Bain was naturally delighted with the performance: ?Everyone one played their part today, including our supporters who might have been outnumbered but not out voiced. Some of our younger players came of age today and did fantastic jobs.
This was probably one of our best team performances at this level for a few years. The discipline of the players was outstanding and that can be a key factor in any match. We had five players playing in their last U18 match today and all of them were outstanding, with David Forsyth earning a well deserved man of the match award. While Kenny Bain is still eligible to play next year, due to international commitments, it is unlikely we will see him play at this level again.
It was a fitting end to their junior careers at club level and we now wish them well in their efforts with the Scottish U18 squad in the summer in the European Cup finals at Peffermill. However today was all about Kelburne as a club, that?s 3 wins in the last four years and we are looking forward to seeing how the younger lads fare in the next couple of years.?