Goal-fest at Bellahouston

31/10/09
Kelburne Men's 2: 10
Inverleith Men's 2: 0

The table-topping Men's 2s went into this game against 5th placed Inverleith looking to continue the good run of form which had seen them score thirteen goals and concede only one in the last three games. Their ranks were boosted by the late addition of Michael Bremner to the squad.

The first fifteen minutes of the game were very scrappy with Kelburne showing none of the play that had recently returned them to the top of the table. With the scores still at 0-0, Keeper Rooney had to make a deft stick save from a set-piece as Kelburne struggled to find their bearings. However, the 'Burne soon powered to a 2-0 lead: Martin Shaw was first on the scoresheet taking a pass from Gordon 'Beast' Menzies and confidently beating the keeper. Josh Cairns soon added the second, cutting in from the left and smashing an unstoppable reverse-stick strike across a bewildered Inverleith keeper. It was only with these goals under their belt that the 2s finally started playing some of the hockey they are known for: Menzies slotted in from a Lee Morton cut-back after a flowing move and Josh Cairns added his second with an unstoppable set-piece conversion after good work by Ewan Carmichael. 4-0 at half-time but the Paisley team knew they could play better.

Unfortunately for the Edinburgh side this soon proved to be the case as Cairns Snr soon added another set-piece classic to complete his hat-trick. Kelburne were really turning the screw now: with Inverleith being stretched all over the park, goal number six seemed inevitable. Menzies drove a ball across the 'D' and Shaw was on hand with the deftest of touches to beat the keeper. The opposition really started to crumble now and 14-year old Lee Morton got the reward for his good play throughout the game with two McCoist-like short-range finishes. Goal nine was undoubtedly goal of the day as Shaw completed his hat-trick: chasing down the defender in possession, he quickly stole it and, to the delight of the watching Kelburne faithful, bludgeoned a powerful drive high into the net beyond a humiliated Inverleith keeper. Double figures were quickly achieved as Shaw, now filling in at right-back, powered up the field and just as the defence finally tried to close him down, he slipped the ball to Menzies who nutmegged the keeper for his eighth goal of the season. 

After a stuttering first half, Kelburne were much happier with their second-half performance and the mature performances of 14-year-olds Ed Greaves and Lee Morton up front. With three consecutive clean-sheets the back four of 15-year-old Jason Cairns, evergreen Stuart Robin, captain Fraser Scott and ever-improving Fraser Hutchison has been a key part in the team's recent resurgence with goalie John Rooney's return giving the whole team more confidence to play.

The 'Burne will now be looking to see out the last four games before the winter shut-down with four victories to set them up for the second half of the season.
Next week Kelburne's Men's 2's are at home (Bellahouston) to Stirling University.
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