5th XI open with a loss

Kelburne V 1 - 2 Motherwell II
Kelburne 5th XI under the guidance of new skipper Willie Allan travelled to Motherwell for their first competitive match of the season. The squad included 4 individuals making their senior debut for Kelburne, 12 year olds Ed McGuire and Jack Jamieson along with Sandy Sneddon and James Woods.

From the off it was Kelburne who took the game to their Lanarkshire hosts, with Willie Allan and Jack McKenzie taking control of the centre of the park and directing play.

It was no surprise when Kelburne took the lead from their 1st short corner, Duncan McInnes slipped the ball to Jack McKenzie whos shot was well saved and from the rebound Martin Byrne set up Willie Allan to open the scoring from close range.

The Kelburne rearguard managed to cope with all that Motherwell threw at them, with DOnald Campbell, Ewan Crawford, young Ed McGuire and super vet Alan Bryce all on fine form

At half time Kelburne led 1 - 0

The second half started with Motherwell pressing Kelburne and David Ogilvie was called upon to make a number of crucial saves.

Then the moment of controversy that turned the game, Motherwell were awarded a penalty corner that Kelburne appeared to defend well but the umpire gave Motherwell another corner despite them having played the ball dangerously, from the resultant corner Motherwell equalised.

Captain Willie Allan then questioned the umpires decision too forcibly and ended up with a temporary suspension, within a minute Duncan McInnes joined him on the sidelines when he too earned a Green Card for a reckless challenge on a Motherwell forward.

As both teams tired the game ebbed and flowed with Andrew Duff, Jack Jamieson & James Woods all coming close for Kelburne and the Kelburne defence managing to remain firm.

With 7 minutes remaining however Motherwell earned another penalty corner and from the corner David Ogilvie pulled off an acrobatic diving save to prevent Motherwell from scoring but from the rebound he was helpless to prevent Motherwell taking the lead.

The last 5 minutes belonged to Kelburne and they forced 3 consecutive corners that Alan Bryce & Willie Allan were unucky to convert after brave Motherwell defending.

Final score 2 - 1 loss for the Kelburne squad.

Skipper Willie Allan was delighted with the performance of the Kelburne youngsters with Ed McGuire and Jack Jamieson earning their captains praises.

No game now for the 5th Xi for a couple of weeks due to September weekend and Inter District fixtures.