Game 7 - Watsonian 4s (A)
The 4s were off to Edinburgh this week with a cup match against Watsonian 4s. After suffering a defeat in last week?s league encounter, the 4s were desperate to record another victory, and continue their cup run. In recent weeks the 4s have been compared to an ageing AC Milan side, if this is the case then it was a return game for ageing centre back Maldini, in the form of Stevie Bain. The 4s were also missing some players, Peter Gosh due to injury and Kenny Young incapacitated with a bout of man flu.
Despite the missing players, Kelburne started the match brightly, creating plenty of opportunities within the first few minutes. John Fergusson was the first to score in this encounter, finishing with a delightful back stick shot into the bottom corner. A few minutes later Kelburne scored again, this time a screaming drive from top ?D? into the bottom corner by Greg van Homberg. It quickly appeared that Kelburne were going to control this match, as after a creating more chances, the ?burne scored again. This time another goal from Alfie, who turned quickly to beat the goalkeeper and score into an empty net. Kelburne quickly began to turn on the style and Mark Fulton managed to score at the backpost after a passing move that even Arsène Wenger would be proud of. Incase the opposition thought it had been a fluke, the 4s did it again. A pass down the line saw a deflected pass to the middle of the park. A first time strike sent it into the ?D? and it was another first time touch from Alfie that put the ball into the back of the goal. It seemed that Kelburne could score no more goals this half until they won a shot corner which was an easy tap in for Fergusson after the ball was saved from the initial strike. Half time and Kelburne were 7-0 and crusing.
The second half started pretty much where the first had left off. Perhaps it was the influence of ?The Flying Dutchman? in midfield, or perhaps not, but either way the 4s were beginning to play some continental style hockey. Alfie opened his second half account with a strike from practically on the baseline. A classic Gillies goal who shoots from almost any angle! His second goal was a simpler tap in at the back post after yet another flowing move from the 4s. In a rare moment, the 4s were somehow caught at the back. Outnumbered, the Kelburne defence could do nothing but despair as Watsonians ruined the 4s clean sheet. In retaliation, Fergusson scored yet another goal with a hard strike inside the ?D.? Kelburnes next goal was scored when Alfie flicked it over the goalkeeper. The next goal was again a team effort. A stunning pass into the ?D? from 1XI goalkeeper Mark Fulton, allowed Alfie to deflect the ball into the roof of the net. Fergusson then scored yet another reverse stick goal, proving that his earlier finish hadn?t been a fluke. Alfie then wrapped up the 4s scoring run with another tap in after the goalkeeper had saved the initial shot. Final score, 13-1 to Kelburne. A clinical result with the 4s having to play a lacklustre Watsonian team. The game also saw Alan ?Alfie? Gillies go top of the clubs goal scoring chart after netting seven times. No doubt he?ll be looking for the same in a tough encounter next week against arch rivals Western.