Hillhead 2nd XI: 4
Kelburne 2nd XI started the second half of the season with a tough visit from a strong Hillhead side. With last weeks cup game cancelled and several training sessions interrupted due to the weather and Jon Rooney suspended, usual left back Fraser Hutchison dawned the keeper kit for only his third appearance in goals, it was not the ideal preparation for the game. After a nervous start Hillhead took the lead catching the defence sleeping and passing the ball round stand-in keeper, 1-0.
Kelburne still not their fluent selves grabbed one back through Gordon Menzies firing the ball low past the Hillhead keeper. Hillhead regained the lead shortly after slotting home the rebound from a well saved short corner. As the half progressed the 2?s started to get a foothold in the game and after a fine move down the right left Colin Bryce unmarked to square the game 2-2. In the dying minutes of the half Kelburne won another short corner. After the initial save Miles Goldie pounced on the rebound to give Kelburne the lead at half time.
The frantic pace continued after the break with Hillhead not willing to lie down. Hillhead scored 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half giving them a well deserved lead. It was up to Kelburne to drag themselves back into the game. With Scotland U16?s internationals Lee Morton and Ed Greaves up front Kelburne always looked dangerous and it was Morton who pulled one back capitalizing on the hesitant defence to slide it past the outstretched keeper.
With 5 mins remaining up stepped Jason Cairns to score with a trademark drag flick high into the roof of the net sending the home support into rapturous applause, 5 ? 4. Hillhead still thought they could get something out of the game, but Kelburne?s back four of Michael Nicol, Stuart Robin, Fraser Scott and Ian Horsfield held strong after a nervous first half.
A good result for the 2?s in a game they may feel fortunate to get all 3 points. Special mention must go to Ewan Carmichael for his tireless work in midfield and of course Fraser Hutchison (right) for stepping into goals proving he can turn his hand to any position on a hockey field.
Kelburne 2nd XI travel to Edinburgh University next week hoping to improve on their performance in their quest for more silverware.