Men's 1's retain top spot

Men's 1: 9
Menzieshill: 0

 

Menzieshill arrived at Bellahouston yesterday looking to repeat last season shock win against Kelburne. Burne were without both Steve Crossett and Ross Fitzgerald but welcomed Gareth Hall back into the squad after a 3 week lay off. The game started slowly with Burne struggling to find their usual flowing game and Menzieshill had several early chances to take the lead but 2 penalty corner efforts were well kept out by the defensive unit.
 
Burne were beginning to gain a foothold in the game and took the lead from their first short corner when player/coach Mark Ralph was able to despatch a low flick which wrong footed the Menzieshill goalie. Kelburne added a quickfire second minutes later when a cross field pass found Alan Forsyth in the D and he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
 
The game was very scrappy with both sides having the opportunity to score but it was Kelburne who went 3 up veteran striker Johnny Christie was able to score with a neat deflection at the near post following a low cross by Chris Nelson. Menzieshill were offered another opportunity to get back into the game as the clock ticked down but the flick from the corner was dealt with by Mark Fulton in goal.
 

Following some strong words from coaches Ralph and Fowler, burne started the second half well and were soon playing the free flowing hockey which has become their trademark. The fourth goal duly arrived from the ever impressive Michael Christie who ghosted into the D before sliding the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper. Kelburne were now in total control and further goals arrived from Ralph from the spot and a double from Forsyth to complete his hat trick, the first from a quick break and the second frm a slip at a penalty corner.

 
Burne were not finished and Michael Bremner and Ross McIntyre had good chances to add to the scoring but were unable to convert and it was left to Christie to wrap up the scoring with a double to complete his hat trick. Menzieshill had a late chance for a consolation but a deflected flick was well kept out by Fulton.
 
While not their best performance, Coach Mark Ralph will be pleased with the return of Hall and the clean sheet. With Grange drawing with Clydesdale, Kelburne are now 2 points clear at the top and next week travel to Edinburgh to face Cala at Meggatland with a 15.30 start.