Honours Even for 4s after Feisty Fightback

Saturday 15th October 2011 
Kelburne Mens 4th XI: 4 
Clydesdale 4th XI:       4

Kelburne 4XI welcomed Clydesdale 4XI to Bellahouston fora 10:30am push back looking to build on a strong performance in their last match. Kelburne welcomed the return of Ally James but were missing Ross Lee, Scott Hamilton and Callum Blair. Right from the push back the game was played at a high intensity and there was a shock decision to award the visitors a penalty stroke in the first minute after a seemingly fair challenge from young keeper Blair. Despite an excellent stick save from the 'Burne keeper the ball found it's way into net. 0-1.
Some brilliant attacking and defending from midfielder John Ferguson was appreciated by his team mates, although more pressure on the Kelburne goal and some poor decision making from right back Steven Robbie lead to a second Dale goal. 0-2.
As half time approached it was clear that the Kelburne side were failing to release the ball at the right moments which resulted in a fairly poor first half appearance from a team that should have been well rested after their week off.

0-2 to Clydesdale HT.

There was, however, a much better start to the second half by Kelburne. Some fast passing lead to a well worked move which resulted in a short corner being put straight back to the injector on the post and Captain James Currie made sure he didn't miss. 1-2.
More well worked moves with a quick ball pace and good communication resulted in a strike from the edge of the 'D' being deflected by the keeper into the path of Alfie Gillies who stuck the ball with high stick on goal line to ensure the equaliser. 2-2.
The players' efforts were short lived though as Clydesdale had not given up and showed this by finishing off a quick counter attack which split open the Kelburne defence. 2-3.
Shortly after a similar counter attacking move from the 'Dale side put the visitors two goals to the good. 2-4.
A now stronger 'Burne defence took care of the 'Dale attackers while some more well worked passing earned a short corner for the home team. Much like the first 'Burne goal the ball was played back to Captain James Currie, who once again swept his effort past the keeper on the post.
This gave the 4XI hope and Alfie Gillies then put the pressure on with some good footwork allowing him to strike a brilliant turning shot into the left side of the goal. 4-4.

Well fought point for the Kelburne 4XI but they will feel that they could have had all three and will be disappointed in their errors in the first half. They play Grange Development next week in the Reserve Cup.

Match Report by Steven Robbie