Kelburne 5th XI: 0
Rottenrow: : 3
Kelburne took on the league leaders in a midweek fixtureunder the lights at Bellahouston. It was Kelburne who started the game brightly when Adam McInnes and Neil Godfrey combined only to see Neil's effort saved by the keeper. Paul Maguire back from injury was in the centre midfield role dictating play as Kelburne matched their opponents blow for blow. Rottenrow however scored from a lightning break stealing possession from Kelburne on the half way line saw them cross ball into "D" to see a forward diving to deflect ball high past David Ogilvie in the Kelburne goal. Kelburne were soon 2 behind, when an attempted clearance from defence was intercepted and again at lightning pace the error was punished with another goal that gave David no chance in the Kelburne goal. Defensively Kelburne were playing strongly but it was easy to see why Rottenrow were league leaders.
Half Time 2 - 0 Rottenrow
Second half started with Rottenrow having a lot of possession and pressing Kelburne, again the defensive unit of Ed & Ronnie McGuire along with Donald Campbell and Ewan Crawford were performing heroically to prevent Rottenrow from adding to their lead. David Ogilvie pulled off a fantastic save when he dived full length to prevent Rottenrow from scoring as the ball crashed off his helmet. As Rottenrow pressed again Paul Maguire dropped deeper and his aerial clearances started to ease the pressure on the Kelburne "D", with Aidan Fitzgerald and Jack Jamieson tirelessly chasing these clearances. Rottenrow added a 3rd when a shot from the Right Hand side of the D came through a ruck of players to leave David unsighted in the Kelburne goal and the ball got past him.
Match ended 3 - 0 to Rottenrow
The scoreline however did not
reflect the quality and effort of hockey put in by the young 5th XI squad,
Rottenrow will deservedly go on and win this league and challenge for titles in
the higher division. At no point did the youngsters heads drop and they were all
a credit to Kelburne.
Match Report by Duncan McInnes