Cala Edinburgh: 0
Men's 1's: 9
The Men's 1st XI travelled along the M8 for their first trip to the capital this season to face Cala Edinburgh in a late push back at Meggetland. The squad was missing Willie Marshall and Steve Crossett, while Josh Cairns made his first appearance of the season.
It was clear from the start that Cala fancied their chances in this game and they were keen to put the Burne defence under pressure high up the pitch resulting in a couple of half chances for them. They were also awarded two short corners, the first swatted away by Mark Fulton and the second charged down by Michael Bremner. Burne slowly began to take control of the game with Mark Ralph and Josh Cairns controlling play from the back and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring in the 10th minute, when Michael Bremner followed up a rebound at their first short corner to fire home the rebound. Burne were able to add a quick second when Ralph fired a low flick past a confused Cala goalkeeper.
Cala were not lying down and mounted several attacks as half time approached and were awarded a further 3 short corners but a combination of Fulton, Ralph and Chris Nelson kept the score line blank. Kelburne delivered the sucker punch prior to half time when first top scorer Alan Forsyth converted from close range and drag flick specialist Cairns opened his account with a trademark low strike.
The second half proved to be a much more relaxed affair for the back line as the midfield of Michael Christie, Ross Fitzgerald, Ross McIntyre and Nelson began to dominate proceedings. Burne were able to play the ball around with ease as the intensity of the play began to show from the Cala players. The 5th goal duly arrived and it was Michael Bremner who was again on hand to double his tally for the season. Burne had several chances to increase their lead but were well kept out by the Cala goalkeeper.
Burne were not finished though as both Ralph and Cairns were able to add to their tally from corners while Forsyth kept up his fine scoring record of late with his second of the game. The best goal was kept until last as Ross McIntyre picked the ball up in the 25, waltzed past the static Cala defence and unleashed an unstoppable vollley past the Cala goalkeeper.
Another solid performance from the squad with the clean sheet in particular pleasing coach Ralph, with Inverleith beating Grange the tean now has a 3 point lead at the top of the table. This week the team are back at home against Edinburgh University with a 13:30 push back at Bellahouston