Kelburne?s triple double
17 May 2008
With passion ingrained in their style of play, it was, almost inevitably, Azzurri Kelburne who came out on top, defeating Grange for the third time in consecutive weeks, this time by 3-1 in the Shepherd+ Wedderburn men?s cup final at Peffermill.
The result also brought an unprecedented third league-and-cup double back to the Paisley club, but great credit should go to Grange for producing one of the most thrilling matches to be witnessed at the National Hockey Stadium.
It was Grange who took the lead, inside two minutes, as Fergus Dunn?s long pass found Cammy Fraser o n the left of the circle, to slip the ball inside for Yan Adams to score.
With numerous chances at both ends, it took until the 20th minute for Kelburne to respond, with Jonny Christie neatly netting the cross from Kenny Bain for the equaliser.
Dunn had a great chance to put Grange ahead again when he intercepted a defensive pass, rounded the Kelburne keeper and then missed the open goal.
The passions spilled over when Ross Stott was red-carded for a potentially violent reaction to being harried, and even the Kelburne management became involved off the field before the half-time whistle brought a cooling respite.
The best goal of the game gave Kelburne the lead, when Chris Nelson combined with Bain down the left before the cross gave Jonny Christie the perfect opening to make it 2-1.
Grange?s counter-attacks became ever more anxious as time ran down. Michael Watt?s splendid effort was well saved by Gavin Somerville, and Adams deflected a cross from David Knipe into the post.
But Kelburne had one more goal in them, as Bain lashed home the aftermath of a penalty corner with only two minutes remaining.