Hillhead 4th XI: 3
Kelburne Mens 3rd XI: 12
Kelburne looked to bounce back from defeat by Western the previous week by winning away to Hillhead and they done just that with a convincing win at Balgray. Kelburne welcomed back Adam McInnes from illness and Jason Cairns for his first game of the season. Kelburne took control of the game from the beginning and took the lead within the first couple of minutes. A penalty corner was slipped to Cairns whose flick was slotted in by Ryan Edgar at the back post. They doubled their lead soon after as Andy Bremner scored from a rebound after youngster Neil McIntyre had a shot saved. Kelburne kept up their constant pressure on the Hillhead backline and it paid off as Bremner finished a good move down the right involving Edgar and JG Shepherd by shooting high into the net. With a three goal lead, Kelburne seemed to switch off for a moment which allowed their opponents to score a quick goal on the break as their forward was left one on one with keeper Jonny Barlow who despite his best efforts could not stop the goal. But Kelburne didn?t take long to reply with a goal of their own as a solo run by Cairns ended with a stunning reverse stick shot into the top corner. Chris Mcnulty added the fifth soon after with a low flick at a short corner. Hillhead once again managed to cut the lead with another goal on the break. Kelburne?s Callum Blair had the chance to regain Kelburne four goal lead but somehow managed to scoop the ball back away from goal when it looked easier to score. It was an impressive bit of skill from Blair as the half ended shortly after.
Half time Kelburne 5 Hillhead 2
Kelburne started the second half much the same way as the first as Cairns completed his hat-trick with two quick goals the first a rocket past the keeper at his near post. Kelburne didn?t ease up on their opponents as a neat exchange of passes between Adam McInnes and Bremner ended with McInnes firing into the corner of the goal. This time it was Bremner turn to complete his hat-trick as more great work by Neil McIntyre seen his shot saved once again but Bremner was there to tap the ball into the goal. Cairns then managed to take Kelburne?s tally into double figures as he scored a carbon copy of his second giving the keeper no chance again. As Kelburne tried to keep the pressure up, Alan Ralph made a great interception at Hillhead breakaway and cleverly picked out Bremner to deflect into the goal. In the last ten minutes Kelburne seemed to lose their discipline and paid for this as a misplaced pass in midfield allowed Hillhead to score a third. But there was still time left for Kelburne to extend their lead after good work coming out from defence by Mark Connor and Connor Bain ended with Brodie McKay slotting the ball home and ending the match the way it begun with a goal.
Kelburne?s new coach Steve Foster was delighted with what he seen in the first game he has watched commenting ?That if the team continues to perform like that then there will be no need for me but that they need to continue to work on their discipline and if they do this then they should be challenging for the title come the end of the season."
With next week game in the cup away against Dundee Wanderers the team that disposed of Kelburne in the cup last season they will be looking to build on this great team performance. Captain Alan Ralph, who will be absent next week, adding ? Today?s performance was the perfect way to bounce back from last week?s defeat and sets us up nicely for a difficult cup game but I am sure if the boys play like they did today then they will have no problems and keep us in the cup in my absence."
Match Report by Andy Bremner