Following a bad display in their previous game, the 3's bounced back to their usual form, with a brilliant home win against Western. Strong wind made for a difficult match, but Kelburne adapted well, kept their shape and in the end managed to dominate the whole game.
With a slight reshuffle of positions, the boys settled in quite quickly and were moving the ball far better than last week. A corner won by Mark Connor set Kelburne up for their first goal. Musky, who was actually playing in defence, assisted in the corner and ended up striking the ball well out of the keeper's reach and into the goal to put the home side 1-0 up!
Continuing with a good combination of long wide balls and short, quick sequences of passing, the 3's really seemed to threaten the opposition's defence, with the ball regularly working its way up to the left and right corners. Unfortuately, on the rebound, some long passes from Western caught Kelburne's otherwise solid back line off-guard, and despite some great keeping by Rooney, a deflection led to a goal for the opposition, 1-1.
Quickly regaining their concentration, the 3's carried on playing well, in all fields of play. A combined effort from all the forwards, set up Andy McIlwaine on the left for an excellent second goal for Kelburne. This was followed by another goal, this time by Mark Connor, who struck along the bye line for an impressive shot, leaving their keeper flailing.
Half time, Kelburne 3 - Western 1.
An optimistic Kelburne led into the 2nd half, now dominating the game. Western did make some good attempts at the home side's goal but excellent keeping by Jon Rooney and a strong defence led by captain Ralph denied any further goals. They eventually found a balanced formation, sagging left and right as a unit to stop any advances.
Edgar and Dooley on the wings did a lot of running, helping send the ball quickly upfield and Andy Bremner played a pivotal role in the middle of the pitch. The forwards worked hard, and plenty of on-target shots came from their hard work. Unluckily, a shot from an awkward angle from McNulty found its target, but was denied for a foul..
Towards the end of the game, a screamer from Magee found its way straight through the Western keeper's legs, leaving the final score at 4-1 to Kelburne.
Full time, Kelburne 4 - Western 1.
A much better peformance from the 3's has put them back on track for the season. Putting their last game well and truly behind them, they improved on almost every aspect. Some small problems still crop up, but in captain Alan Ralph's words, "We'll fix these at training!". So expect some intensive training in the next few weeks guys!
While there was no single stand-out player, Jon Rooney made a fantastic return from injury in this game and consistently kept the ball away professionally and as though he had never been away, making for a great game for the 3's regular.
The 3rd XI are looking forward, trying
to fix those last few issues and put their newly returned form to use
after a great win today!