Cup Progress in the Sun

After yesterdays 'walking all over' of a very poor Inverleith team Kelburne knew that this game against their bogey team, Hillhead, would be a much tastier contest.

The game started off at a reasonable pace considering the searing heat that had to be contended with as well heavy legs from a double-header weekend.  Both teams had equal share of ball possession with Kelburne creating slightly more chances but not capitalising on them.  In the first 10 minutes the 'burne won a couple of short corners but were unable to put the ball in the net apart from a Gordon 'Beast' Menzies strike but that was disallowed.

The breakthrough for Kelburne eventually came from the young but very experienced Craig Morton (right) after a good passage of play up the left hand side involving big Fraser Hutchison, the younger Morton brother Lee and Craig himself.  Craig then proceeded to deceive the goal keeper by slipping past his inside post from the edge of the circle.  Whether is was a cross or a shot at goal only Craig knows the answer to that.

The first half continued with both teams struggling to score a goal, Hillhead using there trademark aerial ball to try and penetrate the Kelburne defence including Craig Morton, Michael Nichol, Stuart Robin and Fraser Scott who all dealt with it well.

Hillhead's best chance in the first half came from a short corner which was flicked towards the top left hand corner but a sterling save from Mark 'Robbo' Robertson kept the scores the same.

The second half started much the same as the first half.  It was noticeable that both teams were struggling in the heat but continued to work hard.  Kelburne were doing well down the right hand side of the pitch producing good moves with Beast, Ewan Carmichael and Colin 'Bomber' Bryce being involved in the majority of them.  Also, good leads from the forwards Jimmy, Jason and Lee helped keep the pressure on.

Kelburne had a few chances at goal with Jimmy MaCrea hitting the post a couple of times from close range. The second goal came from a short corner strike from Beast which flew past the keeper giving him no chance. From here on in Kelburne looked comfortable with the two-goal lead held until the final whistle.

Kelburne now progress to face Clydesdale in Dundee in the Semi Final of the cup.