Grange 2nd?s 0 ? 4 Kelburne 2nd?s
Kelburne 2nd XI travelled to Edinburgh on Sunday knowing that victory would put them back where they belong at the top of the league. Despite not having the best of prepartations for this match with one car delayed in traffic due to rubber neckers on the Kingston Bridge and the fact that youngsters Forsyth and Bremner were tired from their Scotland adventures abroad, the team pulled together in time to have an important chat before the game began. The game started off with both teams not willing to give any territory away to the opposition due to the importance of this fixture but after 5 mintues Kelburne began to eat away at Grange. Openings were soon being created by a hard working Kelburne team who were by now passing the ball around with confidence. Menzies was then found clear at the back post and after an attempt at goal was stopped by the Grange defence, the ever reliable Wrightson used his strength to ensured he got to the ball first and scramble it over the line to make it 1-0. From this Kelburne then push hard for the second and were rewarded for their efforts when Menzies made it 2-0.
Grange then started to get worn down and turn their attention to making some rash challenges which the umpires were letting go but Kelburne maintained their composure and with youngster Bremner putting in arguably his best performance of the season in central midfield, kept this game well and truly under control. Kelburne were dominating the battles in every position on the park with Grange not really creating anything close to a clear chance. Another great move down the right side by McPherson found younster Forsyth in the D who kept his composure once again to make it 3-0 to Kelburne. Kelburne kept pushing hard to ensure the tie would be put beyond Grange?s reach and when they were awarded a penalty corner Bryce was there to blast the rebound into the Grange goal to make it 4-0.
Then with 9 minutes of the first half remaining, Kelburne were dealt a massive blow when the ball came up and hit Menzies in the face and ruled him out of the rest of the game with a nasty cut to the face. McCrea then took over up front and Kelburne saw the rest of the half through to half time without conceeding any advantage to Grange.
A solid team talk ensured Kelburne were focussed on their target for the second half and ensured that Grange struggled to make it out of their half of the pitch. Kelburne?s keeper Fulton, despite playing the league leaders at that point, only had to touch the ball twice during the whole game. Kelburne?s confidence was clearly visible and still created some chances to add to their tally but when Wrightson tried a reverse stick shot the outsome would only have been useful in Rugby than it was at hockey to add to the score! Kelburne saw out the rest of the game and only conceeded one short corner which was dealt with by the solid defence. Kelburne hope to see Menzies back in the team for the 2nd round of this title decider at Bella on Sat and plan to ensure that the same level of performance is put on display again. A fantastic result deserved due to the hard work put in.
This Sunday sees the 2nd XI take on Inverleith in the Quarter Final of the District Cup.