Kelburne 13 - 2 Granite City Wanderers
(Andrew Duff 3, Alastair Urquhart 3, Jack MacKenzie 2, Drew Berry 2, Molly Godfrey 2, Adam McInnes)
Kelburne were holders and although most of the squad were still in place from last years tournament there were some nerves in the squad. However early goals from Andrew Duff and Adam McInnes settled the nerves and at the interval they had a 5-0 lead.
The second half was a goal fest with Andrew Duff completing his hat trick and 10 year old Alastair Urquhart also scoring a hat trick.
Kelburne 4 -1 Perthshire
(Andrew Duff 2, Drew Berry, Neil McIntyre)
Kelburne faced up to a more physical challenge of Perthshire in the second match. The young Kelburne side quickly raced into a 2 goal lead with Drew Berry & Andrew Duff both scoring, but in a rare Perthshire attack they pulled a goal back but Andrew Duff restored the 2 goal advantage at the break.
The second half saw Kelburne in total control and although a lot of chances were created the only goal scored was by 10 year old Neil McIntyre.
Kelburne 2 - 1 Watsonians
(Andrew Duff, Molly Godfrey)
With both teams having already qualified for the semi- final this match was to decide who won the group.
Kelburne started brightly with Andrew Duff scoring an early goal after a superb 30 yard pass from captain Adam McInnes, Molly Godfrey then added a second after a crashing drive from the edge of the shooting area. To give Kelburne a 2-0 interval lead.
Kelburne were in total control of the match and although Watsonians managed a late consolation goal Kelburne never looked like losing this match and all the squad got a run out in a highly competitive match.
SEMI - FINAL
Kelburne 2 - 0 Clydesdale
The semi-final saw Kelburne face local rivals Clydesdale in a repeat of last years final.
Kelburne started strongly and the back 3 of Paula O'Malley, Connor Bain and Adam McInnes coped well with Clydesdales early attacks. It was however one of Kelburnes unsung heroes who scored the opening goal when hard working Ruariadh McArthur who had worked his socks of all day netted from a rebound after his initial shot had been well saved by the Clydesdale keeper. Clydesdale were continually on the back foot as kelburne pushed to finish the match off and it was only a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping that kept the score 1-0 at the interval.
The second half saw Clydesdale push for an equaliser and this gave Kelburne more room to exploit the Clydesdale defence, and after good work on the right hand side by Jack McKenzie abnd Drew Berry; it was 10 year old Neil McIntyre who was in the right place at the right time to touch in the 2nd and winning goal at the back post.
Kelburne ran down the clock effectively and Clydesdale were not offered any chances to get back into the game. Briony Coyle playing in her first national tournament, played extremely well in the 2nd half as Kelburne snuffed out the Clydesdale threat.
Kelburne 1 - 0 Inverleith
Kelburne faced East Coast rivals Inverleith in the final as Kelburne looked to secure the title for the 3rd year running.
Kelburne pushed early for a goal and were unable to score any of the chances being created, with Neil McIntyre, Drew Berry & Jack McKenzie all going close. A controversial incident happened on the stroke of half -time when a fantastic shot by Molly Godfrey touched into the goal by Andrew Duff was disallowed as it was too high; the umpire was the only one who thought that. Half - Time 0-0
The second half saw Kelburne push forward more looking for the breakthrough but to no avail, Inverleiths keeper was in inspired form denying Molly Godfrey, Jack McKenzie, Ruariadh McArthur & Drew Berry.
With time running out and penalty flicks looming Andrew Duff picked up a long pass from Adam McInnes and slotted the ball past the Inverleith keeper.
This proved to be the cup winning goal and the Kelburne players ran down the clock.
This was Kelburnes 3rd victory in a row at this level and the team can be rightly pleased with all their efforts. Highlights were the defensive quartet of Adam McInnes, Connor Bain, Paula o'Malley and Briony Coyle who never let the opposition in either the semi-final or final a shot on goal and to keep 2 clean sheets was a remarkable achievement.
The midfiield trio of Molly Godfrey, Jack McKenzie & Ruariadh McArthur totally dominated the opposition in all matches and can be proud of their performances.
Finally the forward line led by cup winning hero Andrew Duff who although carrying an injury managed to score 7 goals on the day including the winner in the final. Drew Berry worked her socks off for the team and although did not score as many goals as her strike partner she harried the opposition and was a constant threat as well as provider of many of the Kelburne goals. 10 year olds Neil McIntyre & Alastair Urquhart were the youngest there by far and they also chipped in with important goals at crucial times and they will look to part of the Kelburne teams as they look to build on this success for the future.
Special thanks to Junior Internationalists Emma Barlow & Craig Morton who were Kelburnes development umpires on the day and both were excellent.
CUP WINNING SQUAD
Adam McInnes (Captain)
Coach: Duncan McInnes
Asst Coach: Neil Godfrey