The Mens 2s went into this game knowing that Inverlieth are on of the teams that could present a real challenge for the title. Lee Morton was lost to injury so dribble-wizard Kiwi Steve Crossett stepped in from the first team.
The first fifteen minutes of the game were all Kelburne. Slick passing moves and ferocious pressing meant Inverleith could barely get out their half. This pressure soon told as Gordon ?Beast? Menzies advanced up the pitch slipping the ball to fellow veteran Colin ?Bomber? Bryce who bulleted a cross for 15-year old prospect Jack McKenzie to confidently finish high into the net. Despite the ?Burne?s dominance the Edinburgh team took only five minutes to score a breakaway goal completely against the run of play. Even with this goal, Inverleith were really struggling to cope with wave after wave of attack and soon after the first goal another sortie up-field by the Beckenbauer like Menzies resulted in a powerful strike into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. It wasn?t long before Kelburne added to their tally: a swift breaking team move gave the ball to the outstanding Ed Greaves on the edge of the ?D? from where he expertly picked out the overlapping run of Bryce who promptly rifled the ball into the goal. Fortunately half time came soon after and he was able to get his breath back.
After half-time Kelburne emerged a different team and not for the better. The Paisley side completely lost their focus and started making countless basic mistakes in their play which meant Inverleith not only came back into the game but started to dominate. This also resulted in a very unusual avalanche of green and yellow cards for Kelburne as the frustration at the sloppy performance grew. Inevitably this led to second goal for the East-coasters with some slack marking letting a cross and neat finish bring the score to 3-2. This seemed to bring some focus back as some of the home-side?s more typical free-flowing, attacking hockey started to re-emerge with Greaves again at the forefront. This pressure won several penalty corners but these were very poorly executed on the day. With Kelburne re-asserting themselves more chances came with Jack McKenzie in particular snatching at a couple of chances. However, a fourth home goal seemed to be on the cards and, following the keeper saving from an Andrew Duff deflection, Jack McAllister calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Overall, captain Fraser Scott was delighted with the progress of the team's many youngsters and a good result against a genuine title challenger. The next games against Edinburgh University and Clydesdale will give a good indication of where the title will be heading this year.