The Men's 1st team entertained Grange at Bellahouston yesterday knowing that 3 wins would be enough to clinch a 6th successive title. The squad was weakened this week as Kenny Bain was serving a suspension and David Forsyth has unfortunately broken his thumb in last weeks game against Inverleith.
Grange set there stall out to defend from the outset, inviting Burne to try and break them down. Burne were able to dictate the game and Mark Ralph and Willie Marshall were able to play a series of penetrating passes which had the Grange defence scrambling.
Burne took the lead midway through the half when a fine passing move was finished off by top scorer Alan Forsyth for his 18th goal of the season. Coach Derek Forsyth had elected to field Michael Christie in a more attacking role within the game and this was to prove a masterstroke as Christie was able
to help himself to a first half hat trick. All 3 of his goals coming from a patient build up from the Burne backline followed by a swift injection of pace and some fantastic one touch passing in the Grange circle.
Kelburne started slowly in the second half and following a misplaced pass in midfield Grange were able to break through and grab a goal back. Burne struggled to get control of the game in the second half for a spell but normal service was resumed when the mercurial Christie pressed his claim for a permanent place in the forward line as he grabbed his fourth goal of the game.
Good pressure from the forwards allowed Johnny Christie to steal the ball deep in the Grange half, he fed Gareth Hall who calmly slotted the ball under the advancing Goalkeeper. Grange were able to grab a late consolation from the penalty spot to leave Kelburne as 6-2 winners.
A good solid victory for the team and they are back in action next week when they face Inverleith on Saturday in the league before they entertain Clydesdale on Sunday in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup