Mens 2s Goalfest in Granite City!

Sunday 23rd October 2011
Granite City Wanders 2nd XI  : 0
Kelburne 2nd XI                   : 8

Kelburne travelled to Aberdeen for their first round game of this year?s District Cup against Granite City Wanderers 2nd XI. Kelburne were without player/coach Gordon Menzies, Ed Greaves and Michael Nicol (missing due to work commitments to enable him to pay off his ever growing list of fines!), but welcomed back the Morton brothers and Miles Goldie. After the long drive up Kelburne were glad to see Fergus Barrows already there and a repeat of Saturday?s wrong pitch incident was behind him.  However, this time it was Carmichael?s car that was late in arriving. With the game delayed five minutes this allowed enough time for a short warm up before the start. Kelburne started the game on the front foot pressing Granite City deep into their own half and after some neat play in the circle, won their first short corner.  With Menzies unavailable, hitting duty was left to Colin Bryce who rolled back the years and clinically dispatched the ball past the keeper.
Shortly after the restart the Burne were two up when the ball was squared past the keeper for the simplest tap in by Andrew Duff.  Kelburne were now in full flow and pushing for the third which should have came when Jack Mackenzie brilliantly found Miles Goldie unmarked at the back post only for him to unbelievably miss from a yard. With Granite City not offering much up in the way of attack apart from the odd breakaway the Kelburne defenders wished they had a pair of Duff?s tights to borrow on the cold rainy day. The third goal came again from another short corner with Bryce firing through the keepers legs.  Some great passing and moving down the left flank between Ewan Carmichael, Harry Godfrey and Lee Morton won Kelburne their third short corner of the afternoon.  This allowed Bryce another shot at goal but this time the keeper saved well but unluckily for him the ball fell kindly to sharpshooter Lee Morton who fired home to open his account for the afternoon.

Half time 4 ? 0

10mins into the second half the goals continued to rain in with Morton grabbing his second and the team?s fifth after good work from Fraser Hutchison.  Not long after Kelburne had their sixth after wining a free hit outside the 25.  Jack McAllister had only one direction on his mind as he drove into the circle past two defenders before finding Lee Morton free on the baseline who squared to Duff for his second of the game. More spaces opened up with the home team tiring.  Another short corner was won; this time Morton fired low past the keeper to complete his hat-trick. The last ten minutes became a bit untidy with Kelburne taking their foot off the gas.  This allowed Granite City to apply some pressure.  The lead up to one of the highlights of the match was when Fraser Hutchison?s attempted aerial pass barely left the ground and went straight to the opposing centre forward who chose not to shoot and the danger was cleared. With little time remaining, not to be out done by his young brother, Craig Morton?s low shot found the bottom corner to round off the scoring. Kelburne can be very pleased with their performance, scoring some wonderful goals.

Full Time 8 ? 0

Special thanks must go to Ron Martin for travelling up to umpire, Ewan, Fraser and Colin for driving.  Also thanks to Granite City Wanders for providing crisps and sandwiches after the game.

The 2nd XI will return to league duty next Saturday against Hillhead 3pm at Bellahouston.

Match report by Fraser S