Western 2 XI 0-2 Kelburne 2XI
Kelburne went into this fixtureknowing that a win would take them 5 points clear of their biggest
rivals and one step closer to another league title. There was an
additional edge to the game due to the abandonment of the previous match
between the two due to a horiffic injury to youngster Michael Nicol.
Due to the 1st XI's depleted squad a number of influential players were called up and the 2nd's had to call on the veteran Davie Fowler to assist at the back.
The game started at a high tempo with Kelburne having the best of the initial skirmishes. Not many chances were created but The 'Burne had the lions share of possesion.
It took Kelburne until the middle of the first half to break the deadlock. A short corner routine from Gordon Menzies took a wicked deflection off the Western teams number 1 runner and soared over the goalkeeper into the net.
This was the break the 'burne' needed and they pressed for more.
The second goal came again from a short corner rountine. Menzies again striking the ball from the top of the circle. This time the ball was stopped on the line by a Western defender but lightening reactions from Jason Cairns ensured the rebound crashed past the western rearguard into the net and it was 2-0 Kelburne.
Kelburne saw out the remainder of the first half to go in 2 goals to the good and looking odds on favourites to seal the victory.
The second half was to be a real
war of attrition with tackles flying in and Kelburne playing on the back
foot as Western pushed for an opening.
A rare flurry up field by Kelburne saw Michael Nicol in the opposition 'D' but poor decision making in a tackle saw Nicol 'clattered' across the face by a Western stick and Nicol's nose was plastered over his face with blood spurting from it.
This was to be Nicol's last acts of the game as he was withdrawn. This fixture has deemed to be a problem in the past for him and again the demons of Auchenhowie were back.
Some exceptional tackling and hardy defending from the Kelburne backline of Walker and Scott ensured that Western were going to get nothing, even when they breached the Kelburne rearguard, Mark '2012' Robertson was on hand to clear the danger.
The game ended with the 'burne' walking off 2-0 winners and looking favourites to retain their title.