So close in Spain

Glynhill Kelburne came so close to defeating Spanish Champions RC de Polo de Barcelona in Spain.
 
Playing their first competitive match of the season Kelburne were excellent against their much fancied opposition.
 
The first half was a close affair with Kelburne more than holding their own, Mark Fulton made two good saves to deny the Spanish aces and veteran Mark Ralph controlled the Kelburne defence as the Burne rose to the challenge. Kelburne however were dealt cruel blow when the Spanish Champions opened the scoring on the stroke of half time.
 
Second half started with Kelburne pressing the Spanish Champions all over the pitch, and when Willie Marshall expertly stole the ball from a Barcelona defender his pin point reverse stick cross was coolly deflected in by Scottish Young Player of the Year, Alan Forsyth to give Kelburne a well deserved equaliser.
 
Barcelona then started to ake the game to the Scottish Champions, and Mark Fulton kept them in the game with a number of excellent saves.
 
With the clock running down Barcelona scored their second when a speculative hit in the "D" was superbly deflected past the helpless Mark Fulton to give Barcelona a 2-1 lead.
 
Kelburne once again came fighting back, and from the restart Alan Forsyth picked the ball up in the Barcelona "D" his goal bound shot was well saved by the Spanish keeper, but the rebound fell to Scotland skipper Chris Nelson and he expertly placed his reverse stick shot past all to give Kelburne the equaliser.
 
Glynhill Kelburne were not finished and they pressed for a winner, Johnny Christie saw the ball in the net only for it to be called back for an earlier infringement, and then in the dying minutes Gordon McIntyre thought he had won Kelburne a penalty corner only for the decision to be over ruled by the Video referee.
 
Final whistle went and Kelburne had secured a famous draw against their fancied opposition.
 
Coach Derek Forsyth must be pleased with the way his team played, especially the form of those who wre not on Commonwealth Games duty. EHL debutants Ross McIntyre & Chris Reid played well when called upon, Josh Cairns & David Forsyth were excellent in defence, Michael Bremner made some telling tackles in midfield and the Christie brothers were inspirational to those around them.

 
 
Next up are English Champions East Grinstead including old Burne boy Niall Stott, a similar performance will hopefully see Glynhill Kelburne proceed to the knockout stages of the competition.