Kelburne 5 XI 1-5 Ayr 2 XI
After the fives last encounter with Ayr 2 in which they drew 2-2, the development squad were looking forward to a home game in which they could potentially arrest their recent run of defeats.
Despite the bitter conditions at Bella on Saturday, the mood was buoyant in the warm up and supervet Alan Bryce even opted to use his finesse stick as opposed to his trusty ?thumper?.
In order to enhance the skills of the squad, Player Coach Steve Bain is rightly mixing up the playing positions of the younger members of the squad so that everyone gains experience in a variety of pitch positions. This week saw the trio of ten year old Andrew McAllister, in his second senior game, twelve year old Edward McGuire, and thirteen year old James MacPherson join the more experienced central defence duo of Ewan Crawford and Alan Bryce to form the back line in a variety of player combinations.
It was clear from the outset that Ayr had a ?few? of their first team players amongst their ranks and it was only after five minutes that they were able to scythe through Kelburne to make the opening score, despite the best efforts of the midfield, defence, and in form keeper David Ogilvie.
During the ensuing period of play a number of Kelburne attacks fizzled out before they got any momentum due to unforced errors resulting from a lack of composure and losing their previously rehearsed shape, as Player Coach Bain was to later point out in the half time break the development squad were barely able to string four passes together and were really making it hard for themselves. The forward combination of Lucas Farndale, Grant Toghill, Sandy Sneddon, and James Woods pushed and pushed at the Ayr defence but the Fives were not able to capitalise on their chances.
Ayr continued to press with attack after attack and managed to win a long corner after twenty three minutes. The resulting shot hit the back of the goal and was followed by another within a couple of minutes.
Half time Kelburne 5 XI 0-3 Ayr 2XI
In his half time team talk Player Coach Steve Bain asked his players to step up to the mark and play the pass and move hockey which he knew they were capable of. He suggested that if they did not then they would not be able to contain what was clearly an over strength team and if they failed to show composure then they could lose by a ?barrel load?.
The Fives had a much better second half, keeper David Ogilvie pulled off a number of spectacular saves, and the defence harried any attacks away with the youngsters James, Edward and Andrew showing great resolve, inspired by their older colleagues. The midfield combinations of Martin Byrne, Steve Bain, Ronnie McGuire, Ian ?Bambi? McIntyre, Donald Campbell and youngster Jack Jamieson worked their socks off. After fourteen minutes the Fives thought that they had pulled one back following an excellent strike from five yards out by Jack which was thwarted from goal only by the bottom of the opposition keeper?s foot.
Lucas Farndale was unfortunately forced to retire due to illness and Ian McIntyre moved into the forward rotation.
The game ebbed and flowed for another thirteen minutes before Ayr broke through and scored. The Fives showed fantastic spirit and this was rewarded by a penalty flick following a brilliant strike from Donald Campbell which was illegally blocked. Andrew McAllister stepped up to the plate, sent the keeper the wrong way and opened his senior goal account!
Ayr picked up a late goal in the 32ndminute.
In his wrap up Player Coach Bain commented that the Fives had deserved to win the second half, he named David Ogilvie and Andrew McAllister as joint men of the match. He went on to comment on the excellent effort of everyone and was pleased that it had turned out to be a game of two half in which the development squad could hold their heads high again.
Full time Kelburne 5XI 1-5 Ayr 2XI
This week the Fives return to Bellahouston for a home tie against Hillhead 5?s, let?s hope that they can get back to their winning ways and that both Lucas and James Mac are feeling better and are up for the challenge.