The Kelburne 5?s made the short trip north of the river to take on GHK2 at the High School of Glasgow today. The squad travelled to this important fixture with a number of noticeable regulars missing through illness and injury, however thankfully Miles Goldie agreed to step up to the plate to boost the development squad numbers to thirteen.
GHK2, a team who were demoted from the national league only last year, showed that it was their intention to take the game to Kelburne from the push back. Kelburne?s back four of Martin Byrne, Ewan Crawford, player coach Stevie Bain and youngster James MacPherson all mopped up the early attacks.
End to end play flowed in an exciting period and whilst the Kelburne opening attack formation of twelve year olds Aiden Fitzgerald and Jack Jamieson may not have been the development squads youngest ever attack formation, they may have been the smallest! The youngsters hassled the life out of the older, larger opposition and their endeavours resulted in Aiden winning a penalty flick after ten minutes. Taking the flick, Steve Bain sent the GHK2 keeper the wrong way to score.
GHK2 tried hard to create their own chances but poor finishing; resolute, often brave defending by the back four; and some great saves from David Ogilvie, who seems to have maintained his pre-festive period form, kept the Kelburne goal intact. Miles was inspirational in his role in the middle of the midfield, linking well with midfield team mates of Donald Campbell, Lucas Farndale, and Captain Willie Allan. His long probing runs deeps into the GHK half deserved a goal but the GHK2 keeper always seemed to be on hand to thwart his efforts.
Subs James Woods and Ian Kerr rotated in the midfield and forward positions, both playing well.
With minutes to go before the end of the first half the Kelburne defence stood back and allowed the GHK2 attack too much time on the ball. This resulted in their shot passing David as he rushed out to block and ended in the back of the net despite the valiant efforts of James MacPherson on the line.
Half time GHK2 1-1 Kelburne 5
Kelburne took the push back to get the 2nd half under way. GHK showed they meant business and pushed Kelburne back further and further into their own half and it did not come as a shock when they scored to go 2 - 1 up. What did come as a shock was that they scored a 3rd quickly after that.
The development squad dug deep, under the guidance of Steve Bain, soon finding their shape and form again, and they began to get back into the game with some brilliant runs from Miles and Willie aided and abetted by Donald and James Woods, along with good play by Ian, Aidan and Jack who tormented the GHK defence, all trying hard to create the much needed opening.
Eventually Kelburne got the goal they deserved and it was no surprise that it came from Willie Allan who scored with another of his infamous end to end runs.
Although GHK were doing their fair share of attacking David was in superb form in goal producing save after save.
A number of chances fell to Kelburne but the gritty determination of the older side, particularly the GHK2 goalkeeper, kept their goal intact.
The last play of the game, during which the final whistle went, was a short corner to Kelburne but despite everyone?s best efforts the ball failed to find the back of the GHK2 net.
Final Score GHK 2XI 3 ? 2 Kelburne 5
Player/Coach Bain reported in the match wrap up that it had been a good game to play in with lots of positives.
Let?s hope the development squad can get back to its pre-festive winning ways, their chances may improve if young Fitzgerald stops eating pies!