Gillies steers 4th Xi to Semi's

Reserve Plate quarter final.

Kelburne 4XI (4) V Dunfermline Carnegie 4XI (0)

The 4XI marched on into the semi finals of the Scottish Reserve Plate on Sunday, after an incredible 4-0 thrashing over Dunfermline Canegie 4XI at Bellahouston.

The match started with both teams giving as good as they were getting, with most of the opening exchanges taking place in the congested midfield area.

But as the first half wore on, the home side began to take control of proceedings, and they started to carve out some goal scoring oppurtunities.

With midfielder David Wrightson flying down the right wing, it was surely only a matter of time before the 4?s went ahead. And sure enough, the goal came.

After yet another trademark Wrightson run down the right, he crossed into the D, and when the ball fell to goal machine Alan Gillies, there was only going to be one outcome, and he easily knocked the ball over the line, to give the 4?s a 1-0 lead at half time.

The home side started the second half much stronger than their East Coast rivals, and the second goal was soon to follow.

Once again, it was that man veteran top goalscorer Gillies on hand to smash home from yet another penalty corner.

By now the 4?s were flying and with the amount of possession and chances they were enjoying, there were surely more goals to follow.

Then came a contender for goal of the season. In a move that Manchester United would have been proud of in their demolition of Roma in last weeks Champions League match. Sweeper Greg Van Homberg easily dealt with a rare Carnegie attack, and his pass released the jet healed Wrightson who sped down the wing, and when his cut back found midfield maestro Paul Maguire, he crashed an unstoppable shot from 16 yards in off the underside of the crossbar, with the keeper routed to the spot.

Canegie were now being pounded into submission, and it was fitting that Wrightson himself got on the score sheet.

Once again, after another lung bursting run, he cut in from the right, and his angled drive gave the Carnegie keeper no chance.

A convincing victory for the 4?s, who will now be looking forward to their trip to the national hockey stadium at Peffermill where they will face Giffnock III for a place in the final.