Kelburne U18s Scottish Cup at the Perth Bell Sports Centre
Kelburne entered the Scottish Cup without 3 Internationalists; Josh Cairns (International duty) Craig Morton and Alan Forsyth (Injury).
Kelburne 1 ? 1 Watsonians
The first game was against Watsonians and Kelburne started slowly and eventually gained a 1-1 draw (Jason Cairns Scored) in an evenly matched game.
Kelburne 5 ? 2 Bon Accord
(Jason Cairns 4, Ed Greaves)
The second game against Bon Accord started with a Bon Accord goal in the first two minutes, this seemed to wake Kelburne up and as the game progressed Kelburne gained the upper hand, eventually winning 5-2.
Kelburne 2 ? 1 Dundee Wanderers
(Miles Goldie, Ed Greaves)
The next game was against a physical Dundee Wanderers team, but tactics and good play prevailed and not for the first time this season Ed Greaves was left unmarked in the ?D? at the far post and slotted away the opener which turned the tide of the game, the game was completed with a Miles Goldie goal from some nice open play. Dundee did score in the last two minutes but that was too late and Kelburne won the game 2-1 and were in the semi finals as group leaders.
SEMI ? FINAL
Kelburne 2 ? 0 Western Wildcats
(Jason Cairns 2)
The semi final was against Western Wildcats and was a fluid open game with few chances. The game was won by two Jason Cairns short corners. 2-0 Kelburne.
SCOTTISH CUP FINAL
Kelburne 7 ? 10 Hillhead
(Lee Morton 4, Jason Cairns, Ed Greaves, Michael Bremner)
The final was against Hillhead who were relieved to see that Josh Cairns was missing.
The game opened with a Hillhead goal resulting from a short corner in the first two minutes this was equalized by a Kelburne short corner (Jason Cairns) 1-1. Two minutes later Hillhead played round the Kelburne defence to score 1- 2. The game then ebbed and flowed with a tactical battle that was broken by another Hillhead Goal 1-3. Kelburne then put together a concerted period of play resulting in Ed Greaves arriving at the back post unmarked to slot away the goal 2 - 3. The next attack had a Kelburne goal disallowed, the game was being played at a frantic pace and only the Hillhead defender Ian Duke twice prevented Ed Greaves coming into score by off the line clearances. Then Kelburne were awarded a penalty flicked but the keeper saved.
In the last three minutes of the first half Hillhead had a short corner which was turned away well. Then an over stretch from the Kelburne keeper left him writhing in agony Hillhead rounded the keeper to score, 2 - 4. The last two minutes was played with Kelburne having a kicking back as Johnny Barlow received treatment on the sideline. Half ? Time Score 2 -4.
The second half started as the first half had finished with a Kelburne kicking back while treatment was still being administered to Johnny.
Kelburne arrived with a goal in the first two minutes courtesy of a lovely effort by Lee Morton, 3 - 4. With Kelburne having a kicking back Hillhead capitalised and moved the score out to 3 - 8. Then Johnny Barlow returned after treatment and there was a passage of play over seven minutes which had well constructed Kelburne play and we had the Lee Morton show when the score went to 4 - 8 (Lee Morton) 5 - 8 (Lee Morton).
Then Hillhead broke back played for a short corner, got it and scored, 5 - 9. Not to be outdone another well constructed goal enabled Lee Morton to assist in Michael Bremner scoring, 6 - 9. Another sweeping Kelburne move resulted in another Kelburne goal by Lee Morton 7 -9.
The game then flowed with a Hillhead finally scoring with two minutes left to leave the final score 7 ? 10 and Hillhead crowned champions.
All credit to the young Kelburne team whose average age was 15.5 years and showed great maturity throughout, all were a credit to Kelburne Hockey Club.
The positive to come out of this is that most of the team is eligible to play next year unlike a lot of their rivals.
KELBURNE U18 SQUAD
COACHES: JEFF CAIRNS / ALAN FORSYTH