Gents 2's continue winning ways

Kelburne travelled through to Peffermill for this very early push back, with some of the squad unused to being awake so early! On the journey through the current Euro Hockey League was discussed in earnest with the youngsters being encouraged to learn from some of the fantastic hockey on display!
When the game started it became apparent that the wrong actions had been absorbed; the whole of Kelburne?s left went to sleep, allowing a Grange winger an unopposed run from push back to fire in a speculative cross. This wasn?t watched carefully enough, the ball rebounding from the post, across goal, presenting the lurking forward with an easy tap in. 30 Seconds gone 1-0.
Kelburne?s first touch of the ball was from centre. Things could only improve! As the Paisley side gained a foothold in the match, Grange were pushed back into their own half. Numerous passing moves out from defence carved deep into Edinburgh territory, and chances were created, only the killer touch was lacking. Eventually, the equaliser arrived. Kelburne?s defence retained the ball, moving it from side to side, forcing Grange to react. Space was created, allowing Colin Bryce to attack, at speed, down the right. Bryce beat a couple of defenders before unleashing a shot at goal; this was saved by the sprawling ?keeper, but Martin Shaw dispatched the rebound. 1-1.
   
Grange were becoming increasingly perplexed, as Kelburne continued to create chances. Gordon Menzies had his shot from a Penalty Corner saved on the line; a more positional aware Kelburne player could have scored the rebound. Another PC strike was returned to injector, Fraser Hutchison, but the final touch eluded him. In an effort to halt this Grange stepped up their tackling. A glimmer of skill from Ewan Carmichael wrong footed his marker and bought him space to work with, before he was felled by a tackle usually seen on a rugby pitch. To check Carmichael was Okay his marker then collapsed onto him. Shortly after Bryce was the recipient of a similarly ?enthusiastic??  tackle, as the Grange player allowed his momentum to carry him into Bryce after being dispossessed. Martin Shaw was also the victim of a crude and cynical challenge; Shaw was able to steal the ball and head for goal. The Grange player, perhaps inspired by the trees visible at Peffermill, took no ball and lots of stick to stop Shaw in his tracks. The Grange player was lucky not to be shown yellow by the increasingly myopic umpire! Shortly after Shaw was, again, dubiously halted when trying to shoot by a combination of GK and defenders with no decision being given.
Half time brought only minor tweaks to the press and a reminder of the ball pace expected. Kelburne picked up from where they had left off, probing for a second goal. Jason Cairns was happy to supply. Having dribbled up the left, Cairns saw his attempted pass intercepted for what looked like the end of the move. Good pressing, once again, from Shaw forced a turnover and a foul. With advantage being played the ball was returned to Cairns who rounded the ?keeper to score. 1-2.
By this stage a tired Grange had retreated into their own half with sporadic breakaways, these were easily dealt with by Captain Fraser Scott, GK John Rooney, and evergreen Stuart Robin who showed just how a reach around tackle from the back should be done! Space was beginning to open up for Kelburne and Bryce was encouraged to attack. His run and cutback to Menzies eliminated the GK, but the ball was dwelt upon and the chance lost. Finally Kelburne managed to seal the game. Shaw forced a Penalty Corner; Menzies dispatched his shot through the ?keeper. Shaw should have had a second when he ?stole? the ball and ran from the half way; his dink was enough to beat the GK, but unfortunately the wrong side of the post.
Overall Kelburne can be happy with an improved performance, the defensive press much better. Yet the forwards will need to be more clinical in front of goal, both in open play and from corners. The decision making, of the team, has potential for improvement. Next week, Kelburne host local rivals Western at Bellahouston, 1.00pm pb.