5ths lose 9 goal thriller

Glasgow University 2nd XI 6-3 Kelburne 5th XI
The majority of the team met at the club before setting off to Anniesland for their second encounter of the season with Glasgow University 2?s. Captain Willie Allan was available for this game and spirits were high as this development team made their way to the game at Windyedge.

Supervet Alan Bryce would have been inspired by the number of youngsters present at this match, had he been here ? the defence this week comprised keeper David Ogilvie and combinations of James MacPherson, Edward McGuire, Ed?s dad Ronnie, Donald Campbell, Martin Byrne and current ball carrier Andrew McAllister. The midfield was made up of combinations of Jack Jamieson, player / coach Steve Bain, Willie Allan,Lucas Farndale, James Wood, and Ian ?Bambi? McIntyre, forwards were Aiden Fitzgerald, Grant Toghill and Sandy Sneddon. The fives also welcomed Ally Urquhart back into their forward ranks following his recent ?abortive excursion? to rivals Clydesdale.

The game started brightly with some excellent passing and running, unfortunately a slack pass was picked up by Glasgow Uni who advanced towards goal and before Kelburne knew what hit them the ball was in the back of the net. From the restart the development squad tried to move the ball around to create chances against their much bigger, more physical rivals and they were rewarded with a series of short corners. It was from one such short corner that Kelburne got the equaliser they deserved. The ball was pushed out by Steve to young Jamieson who smashed the ball into the back of the goal for his first senior goal.
When on the ball, Glasgow Uni always looked dangerous in their attacks and they soon scored again to make it 2 - 1. The game was held up for a moment when a Glasgow Uni player took a glancing blow to the side of his face from the ball after Ronnie had tried to start a Kelburne attack. This seemed to spur the oposition on and shortly afterwards they scored again to make it 3-1. As the clocked ticked down to halftime Glasgow Uni managed to score a fourth. Despite the score line reading 4 - 1 the development squad had played very well and the score flattered the opposition.
Halftime Glasgow University 2 XI 4 -1 Kelburne 5 XI

The second half started with some great movement of the ball around the pitch with strong tackling from both teams, the youngsters were giving as good as they were getting. By keeping their shape Kelburne were able to win some short corners, unfortunately they were unable to take advantage and score from them. In a subsequent passage of play Kelburne released a powerful shot from the right hand side of the D which the keeper saved and as the ball came to rest on the ground, he scooped the ball clear and a penalty flick was awarded. Martin Byrne from defence was selected to take the flick and he slotted the ball home to make it 4 -2.

The game restarted and was becoming a midfield tussle with few direct runs at goal by either team that was until, out of nothing the ball ended up again in the back of the Kelburne net. Glasgow were now flying and continued to attack the Kelburne defence. Kelburnes defence was at times dazzling with Donald Campbell clearing the goal line with shots which his cricketing colleagues would have been proud of.
Kelburne's best move of the match was when a quick ball was played out of defence to Willie Allan who took it on one of his famous runs, he passed to eleven year old Ally Urquhart who played a first time shot from the edge of the D which fooled the keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net. Kelburne continued to press forward and to try and claw back the game but as the clock ticked away Glasgow Uni scored a 6th goal.

Glasgow University 2 XI 6-3 Kelburne 5 XI

The development squad played some excellent hockey today, particularly in the second half, the defenders stood tall, the midfield worked tirelessly and the forwards put in a power of work but their rivals were just a bit bigger, fitter and older than 70% of the squad.

Next week sees the development squad at home to Western 5?s and hopefully by Saturdays push back Lucas will have changed his sweatband to stop his lost spaniel impression.

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