Kelburne Youngsters Go West in Style

Five Star Performances from Kelburne youngsters helped a predominantly West District U13 squad to within a whisker of taking the U15 Inter District tournament on Sunday after a narrow 1-0 final defeat to a strong East District side.

The youngsters were using this tournament to prepare for the forthcoming British Divisional tournament in Nottingham in 3 weeks time and produces some excellent displays. Current U16 internationalist Jack McAllister was in fine for and ably supported by club team mates Andrew Duff, Jack McKenzie, Connor Bain and Fabian Goldie.

The opening round robin game of the day saw the West lose out to the East 2-1 but it also produced one of the best goals of the day from Fabian Goldie, who turned a defender inside the circle and crashed a shot high into the roof of net and gain the wild applause of a very appreciative crowd.

Game two against the North was a pretty stuff affair with the West running out deserved 2-0 winners.

The third game against Midlands meant a win for West would almost guarantee a place in the final. After dominating the first half, an early second half goal by Ayr?s Charlie Adam?s seemed to have secured their place, but with seconds remaining, a break out by the Midlands resulted in a late equaliser, much to the delight of former Kelburne player and Assistant Midlands coach Lyndsey Steele.

This meant that only a high scoring win against Highland would get the West into the final. The players responded magnificently and produced the highest win of the day, thrashing Highland by 7-0 with a couple of the Kelburne boys getting amongst the goals, fine strikes by Andrew Duff and Jack McKenzie, who both produced good attacking displays throughout the day.

His result meant West had to face their East coast rivals for the second time in the final and they produced a terrific display, making light of the age gap between the teams. A fiercely contested first half saw the East score from a deflected short corner just on half time. Western?s Murray MacDiarmid produced a fine save from the initial strike, injuring himself in the process. With the keeper grounded the ball squirmed free and was prodded over the line by an alert East forward.

Buoyed by their goal, East came out strongly in the second half and put the West under some early pressure but they weathered the storm and gradually began to take control of the match with some excellent defensive an attacking play. With Jack McAllister and Clydesdale?s Murray Collins commanding in midfield, it was Connor Bain who began to cause problems for the East with surging runs down the right hand side and combining well with Hillhead?s John Reid. But despite numerous chances and some excellent saves from the East keeper, West couldn?t find the elusive equaliser to take the game to penalties.

Squad manager Steve Bain was delighted with the boys performance. ?Overall it was a great day for these kids. The main aim of the day was to give them much needed practice before the tournament in Nottingham. Not all of the U13 squad were playing today as the squad also included four U15 guys who have not had any district level experience so it was important that they got a lot of playing time and they all did well. However, for these guys to pick up a silver medal at this level is outstanding and they did it in front of the Scotland U16 coaches as well. All the Kelburne lads were terrific today and you can see the bond and understanding they have from playing together at both junior and senior level, but it was even more pleasing to see two of the normally unsung players getting the plaudits. Fabian and Connor normally produce good performances at club and district level but today they produced a very high and consistent level of performance. Fabian?s goal in the first game pretty much summed up his day, it was right out of the top drawer and he was always a major threat to the opposition in every game, while Connor was a stand out today in both attack and defense and showed a great range of passing and tackling. So we move on from this to Nottingham and we look forward to challenges this will present to the youngsters?.