Kelburne 2nd XI 4 vs 1 Grange 2nd XI
Kelburne under the leadership of captain Colin Bryce completed the league and cup double with a compehensive victory over Edinburgh rivals Grange.
The league champions started nervously against Grange and the Kelburne defence in particular made some uncharacteristic errors. Slowly however Kelburne started to waken up and drag themselves into the match. The Grange keeper was then called into action to thwart the Kelburne forwards with a string of fine saves.
Kelburne kept the pressure on the Grange defence and this resulted in a number of penalty corners that they were unable to convert, with Gordon Menzies and Colin Bryce both forcing fine saves fom the opposition keeper.
WIht Kelburne now in control of the match and pressing Grange all over the pitch it was no surprise when a wayward Grange defensive pass was intercepted by Gordon Menzies who coolly slammed the ball past the Grange keepr from the edge of the ?D?, to give Kelburne a deserved 1-0 interval lead.
Grange started the second half brightly and they won a penalty flick after an infringement in the Kelburne ?D? and the resultant poorly taken flick deceived Kelburne keeper Mark Fulton, score now 1-1.
Grange now seeking a surprise victory pressed Kelburne and the game became more attractive as both teams set about trying to score a second goal.
It was however Kelburne that took the lead when after a fine move involving Adam Bain and youngster Alan Forsyth resulted in the latters cross being deflected high past the Grange keeper by Gordon Menzies, kelburne now 2-1 ahead.
Gordon Menzies then somehow failed to seal the match when after a great move involving top goal scorer Raymie Wrightson and Adam Bain saw Gordon fail to score into an open goal from 18 inches out.
Gordon Menzies however made amends when his drag flick from a penalty corner flew into the Grange goal to complete his hat-trick and give Kelburne a 3-1 lead.
Top goalscorer Raymie Wrightson then added Kelburnes 4th when he poked home the final goal from 6 inches to allow Captain Bryce to pick up even more silverware.
Kelburne 2nd XI deserve a lot of praise and the form of youngsters Michael Bremner, Alan Forsyth and Josh Cairns is the most satisfying aspect of a very successful season.
Next season sees former 1st XI star Craig Walker take over the reins from Colin Bryce as captain and with the Kelburne conveyor belt continuing to produce talented youngsters there is no reason why Kelburnes domination of the 2nd XI scene will not continue.
Colin Bryce (Captain)