Gillies in 7th Heaven

Kelburne 4XI  8 - 0  Hillhead 4XI

Saturday saw the Gents 4XI welcoming Hillhead 4XI to Bellahouston with both teams eager to get their new season off to a flier but it was to be the Paisley side celebrating a fantastic start to the campaign.

With the introduction of two new young recruits in the form of Dean Kennedy and Connor Cusack-McLean, international veteran Alan Bryce joined to ranks to add his 'experience' to the youngest 4XI team for many years. Kelburne were to put Hillhead on the back foot straight from the start with their mix of energy and guile provided through the impressive John Fergusson running the midfield.
It was not long before the pressure on the Hillhead defence provided 'burne with the first of many short corners which was crashed against the backboard by Alan 'Alfie' Gillies in his usual style. 1-0.
Young 'keeper Blair Martin then produced a fine triple save to keep intact Kelburne's advantage and the remainder of the first half showed sustained pressure on Hillhead with play mainly contained to the opposition half and any encursion into the Kelburne 25 quickly repelled. The constant pressure eventually paid dividends with a further short corner again despatched by Gillies.

Half time 2-0.

The 2nd half began with Hillhead determined to salvage their first game of the season and they surged forward from the restart. This renewed vigour was to be shortlived however as Gillies to his opportunity to complete his hat-trick and put the result in no doubt. From then on it seemed only to be a question of how many and could the 'burne defence ensure a clean sheet which so often eluded them last season.

Some superb flowing hockey from 'burne followed with Fergusson pulling the strings in midfield and Gillies dutifully finishing off the attacks time and again with two more short corner conversions, a fine strike from the top of the 'D' following defence splitting pass from skipper Currie and a cheeky little effort from between the legs giving Gillies a haul of 7 goals to start his season. Only Jack O'Connell managed to join Gillies on the scoresheet with a well taken backstick strike.

Full time 8-0.

After the match skipper Currie said "this was  a fine performance and an excellent start to what we hope will be an exciting season. Now we can look forward to our first inter club derby against Kelburne 3XI at Bellahouston next Saturday".