The 4th XI went in to the game against Helensburgh in confident mood after a resounding 5-0 victory the previous week against ???? and also for once at full strength with a squad of 15 with veterans Fergusson & O?Connell returning along with Hamilton.
The visit of Helensburgh was seen as an opportunity to climb above them as they were 1 point ahead in the league table and should provide for a close and entertaining match although Kelburne were further boosted by the news that Helensburgh were only able to field 10 players.
The early exchanges saw Kelburne start with controlled free flowing passing and movement with midfield duo of Robbie snr & Hamilton pulling the strings to make the extra man count and to stretch the Helensburgh team. It was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken and it duly came after 15mins.
After working the ball from the back to Hamilton in the middle of the park he was able to make a pin point pass to Fergusson up from whom then played in his fellow strike partner Gilles to go through one on one with the keeper. Gilles shot was partly blocked by the keeper but the alert Fergusson followed up to slot in the rebound.
Almost 5 mins later the exact same move was recreated with Hamilton again finding Fergusson who played in Gilles and after his previous miss he showed even less composure in again hitting the keeper which this time resulted in Big AJ following up to sweep the ball home for his first goal of the season.
At this point the 4s were in full swing and tearing apart the Helensburgh defence at will and due to lack of composure in front of goal it would have been more. The 3rd goal arrived shortly before the interval when Fergusson was involved in a ?Joey Barton like?? collision which resulted in Willy Allan completing a fine move to effectively put the game out of reach.
In the dying seconds the 4s should have added a forth goal however Gilles was unable to return a simple square ball for Fergusson to slot home and pretty much summed up the frustrations the striker had in a 35 mins he would rather forget!!!!
Half time 4s 3 Helensburgh 0
Kelburne started the 2nd half looking to extend their lead but due to Hamilton loosing the ball out wide and poor defending Helensburgh scored to shock the 4s to make it 3 ? 1. Helensburgh were clearly boosted by this and came back into the game and put the 4s under some pressure and forced a couple of penalty corners. Home skipper Currie was trying to marshall his troops with his usual greetin face however whilst on their next attack Kelburne were able to break down the Helensburgh move and punished them with a classic counter attack move to restore the 3 goal cushions with the energetic Allan rounding off the move to complete a double.
From this point onwards Kelburne ran the show and when Helensburgh went down to 9 men with injury to their centre back it was only going to be a case of how many!!!!
Robbie & Hamilton were continuing to run the show in the middle of the park and were supported by the bombing runs from full back of Ross ?The White Cafu?? Lee getting forward at every opportunity!!!
The persistent Gilles picked up the 5th with a cool finish by the keeper. The best 2 goals of the game were still to come with Richard ?Buttercup?? Morgan storming pass several tackles into the Dee and with apparently no where to go on his reverse stick produced a piece of magic to unleash a thunderbolt reverse stick to leave the keeper helpless and Kelburne speechless. It was shades of Maradona in the Maracana!!!
The final goal of the game came from Allan who weaved his way from left to right across the Dee to unleash an unstoppable shot to the keepers to left to complete a deserved hat-trick.
There were excellent performances all round with the stand outs being Allan for his hat-trick, Hamilton & Robbie who controlled the middle of the park and Fergusson who lead the forward line exceptionally well.
Skipper Currie after the game commented ? It was a good performance however with more composure up front we really should have scored a lot more?? .
On this form and with the team the 4s had put out they will surely move up the league although face a difficult run in before the Christmas break with Western away next week followed by Anchor away & the league leaders Monklands at home.
Result ? Kelburne 7 Helensburgh 1
Man of the Match = Scott Hamilton