Mens 1's: 3
The Men's 1st team returned to action last night to begin their preparations for the upcoming season against a strong Clydesdale side. Due to several of the players being selected in the Scotland side for Delhi the side had an unfamiliar look to it with no less than 8 starting players sitting this one out.
Burne started the game well and with a strong spine of Josh Cairns, Michael Bremner and the Christie brothers they began to dominate possession. Kelburne took the lead following some good build up play down the right hand side, the ball broke to ace marksman Johnny Christie and he fired the ball home from close range. Burne were now in control of the contest and with debutant Ross McIntyre, Christie and Bremner in fine form they were winning the midfield battle. Following some pressure on the Clydesdale defence Kelburne were able to win a series of short corners. Josh Cairns was able to slot one of these away with a trademark low flick past ex Burne goalie Stuart Brown. Clydesdale were able to grab a foothold in the game when a softly awarded penalty was despatched past the otherwise redundant Fulton in goal.
Kelburne started the second half in a similar vein to the first and were soon on the front foot and created several more chances but these were not able to be converted.
The turning point in the game came midway through the half when Clydesdale were again awarded a rather soft penalty flick. This time Fulton was able to turn away the shot. Minute?s later burne were awarded another short corner which Cairns duly despatched in the bottom corner. Burne tired slightly towards the end and this allowed Clydesdale to create a few chances and Fulton had to be at his best to turn away a drag flick to keep the score at 3-1.
Kelburne will be happy with the result and also with the performances although there will be some areas they will look to brush up on in the coming weeks prior to the season commencing. Their next game is next Thursday, when they travel to Jordanhill to face Hillhead.