Boys U16 Scottish Cup
The U16 Kelburne Boys narrowly missed out on a place in the Scottish Cup final by the narrowest of margins.
Kelburne 3 - 0 Clydesdale
1st match saw them face local rivals and holders Clydesdale. The boys took the game from the start to Clydesdale and totally dominated the match. Jason Cairns from the push back saw his fine run and shot crash off the cross bar and this set the tone for the match. Jason then converted 2 short corners to give Kelburne a 2-0 interval lead. In the second half Jack MacKenzie added a well deserved 3rd for Kelburne after fine work from Adam McInnes as they comfortably won their opening match.
Kelburne 1 - 3 Strathallan
In the 2nd match Kelburne faced a stronger and physical challenge from Strathallan, after a defensive error Kelburne saw themselves lose a goal to a penalty corner conversion. Kelburne then went further behind when goal keeper Blair Martin was illegally body checked and this allowed Strathallan to score from Top D into an empty net.
This was the wake up call that Kelburne needed and they then took the game to Strathallan, Jason Cairns, Adam McInnes and Andrew Duff all came close with efforts. Kelburne were then controversially denied a goal when Ed Greaves deflected Jason Cairns cross into the goal, the umpire minutes later then yellow carded skipper Cairns when he was fouled by 3 seperate players and no short corner was given, Jasons petulant outburst earned him a 5 minute suspension.
When down to 10 men Kelburne started to dominate their older opposition with Adam McInnes and Ed Greaves instrumental in Kelburnes improved play. Disaster struck when on the stroke of half time a defensive error allowed Strathallan to score a 3rd goal against the run of play.
In the 2nd half it was all Kelburne as the Kelburne forward line missed the chances presented to them,with 5 minutes remaining Jason Cairns scored a fantastic drag flick from a short corner to give Kelburne some hope but this turned out to be a mere consolation goal.
Kelburne 0 - 0 Aberdeen Grammar School
Kelburne re shaped their team for this match and again totally dominated their North East rivals. Andrew Duff, Jack McKenzie and Fabian Goldie all had efforts to no avail.
The second half belonged to Kelburne, Jason Cairns had countless penalty corners that were superbly saved by the Aberdeen keeper, Ed Greaves narrowly failed to convert a couple of rebound chances after another fantastic save by the Aberdeen keeper. Adam McInnes then had 2 surging runs into the D and he also saw his shots superbly saved.
On the rare occassions that Aberdeen ventured into the Kelburne half they were easily dealt with by the Kelburne rear guard, Harry Godfrey, Connor Bain, Brodie MacKay and keeper Blair Martin.
Kelburne 0 - 0 Inverleith
The final match saw Kelburne play old East Coast rivals Inverleith with both teams having a chance to progress into the final, this was going to be a nervy contest.
Once again Kelburne dominated the match and chances were created by Kelburnes industrious midfield that were spurned by the Kelburne forwards, both Jack McKenzie and Andrew Duff narrowly missing.
At half time Kelburne had one foot in the Scottish Cup final, with the match on the other pitch between Strathallan and Aberdeen GSFP being 2-0 to Strathallan at the same stage.
The second half saw Kelburne control the match and chances to score came and went and Kelburne were going to rue these. On the final whistle all eyes were on the match on the 2nd pitch that still had 2 minutes remaining at this stage Kelburne were through. With the last attack of the match Aberdeen Grammar School earned a penalty corner that was converted at the second attempt to earn Aberdeen Grammar School an unexpected point and a place in the U16 Scottish Cup Final at Kelburnes expense.
Kelburne can consider themselves unlucky in this years competition as they were the team that played the best and most entertaining hockey of the day and will rue the missed chances that they had.
Highlights for the young squad were; 10 year old Neil McIntyre making his debut at this level, the introduction of 13 year old Blair Martin as Kelburnes youngest keeper. The defensive performances of Brodie McKay, Harry Godfrey and Connor Bain were exceptional, and they can be proud of their performances. In midfield Adam McInnes and Ed Greaves played with a maturity and dominated the opposition.
Skipper Cairns also deserves special mention playing his last game for the club at this level, he led his team well and deserved more reward for his efforts.
Special thanks to Calum McNaught for donning the goal keeping kit for the first match before Blairs arrival.
1. Blair Martin
2. Callum McNaught
3. Connor Bain
4. Harry Godfrey
5. Jason Cairns (Captain)
6. Brodie McKay
7. Fabian Goldie
8. Adam McInnes
9. Jack McAllister
10. Ed Greaves
11. Jack McKenzie
12. Andrew Duff
13. Ruariadh McArthur
14. Stewart Anderson
15. Neil McIntyre
Coaches: Duncan McInnes Neil Godfrey