Kelburne 3XI: 0
Western 4XI: 4
Kelburne 3's welcomed Western toBellahouston on Saturday hoping to secure their place at the top of West District League 1. The game started with Kelburne in control of proceedings and maintaining most of the possession but it was Western who created the first goal scoring opportunity of the 1st half. A forced pass by Kelburne let Western get in behind the defence and suddenly Kelburne found themselves a goal down as the Western striker squared the ball to the back post, as Jony Barlow closed him down, to give his team mate an empty goal to tap the ball into. This seemed to waken Kelburne up as although they had been enjoying the majority of possession, they had not created a single chance up to this point. A good move down the left by Brodie found McNulty in space just outside the D and the resulting cross was fired across beating the opposition's defence but unfortunately their was no Kelburne player able to reach the ball to tap it in to the empty goal. This spurred Kelburne on and they were rewarded following a good move involving youngster Neil McIntyre that resulted in a short corner. This supplied Kelburne with a great chance to get the equaliser just before half time but unfortunately the good shot on goal was saved well by the Western goalie.
Half time 0-1.
second half got under way with a very bad start for Kelburne as a forced pass out of the defence allowed Western straight in to score their second goal. Kelburne did not allow this early set back to allow their heads to go down. The youngsters were all putting in great performances all over the pitch, especially Brodie, Fabian & Ruairidh. Kelburne tried to build on these performances but unfortunately the possession was not turning into any great goal scoring opportunities. Kelburne did however secure another short corner and a well worked move looked as though it was going to result in a goal but unfortunately one of Western's defenders made a great save off the line. Shortly after, a poor set-up by Kelburne on defending a 16 allowed Western to charged up the field and score the third goal. Kelburne were finally beaten in the last 5 minutes when another forced pass allowed Western to brake with numbers to spare against Kelburne's defense and they scored with another tap in to finish the game on 0-4.
3XI captain reflected on a game where they dominated the play but didn't score a single goal by saying: It was encouraging to see the youngsters coming on and maintaining possession well. We need to work on
some basics as these let us down on occasions as well as moving the ball from one side to the other when play gets bogged down. There were allot of positives to take from the game, despite the score, and over the games ahead that level of possession will allow chances to be created - I think the 2 week break had affected us more than we thought. I have confidence that we will bounce back with a solid performance against Hillhead 4's next week at Balgray.
Match Report by Ralphybhoy