5th's closer to Elusive win

Kelburne 5 XI 2-4 Western 5XI

The Kelburne 5?s development squad welcomed Western to Bellahouston for this return game hoping for another good game and a winning result with nobody having to go to hospital for treatment this time.

For the second week in a row the Fives faced their opposition with a seventeen man squad which was consented by the opposition. The line-up was David Ogilvie with defence combinations of Ed McGuire, James MacPherson, Alan Bryce, Steve Bain, Ewan Crawford and ten year old Andrew McAllister. The midfield was made up of combinations of in-form Martin Bryne, Ronnie McGuire, Willie Allan, Dick Donaldson, Lucas Farndale and Donald Campbell. The forwards were Grant Toghill, James Wood and youngsters Ally Urquhart and Jack Jamieson.

Western took the push back and immediately attempted to attack Kelburne but the team stood strong and created a good attack themselves. But after only a minute and a half Western were able to gather the ball and run the length of the park to the byline, the cut back found a Western player and the ball was in the back of the net. The team regrouped and started again and were soon on the attack displaying some excellent skills and were unlucky not to equalise after a short corner at three minutes when an excellent shot from Andrew McAllister was pushed wide.

Just like the first game between these two teams this game had a feeling of a good match. The game flowed from one end of the pitch to the other with both teams trying to create the space to have a shot on goal. It was Western who got the second goal of the game and again like in so many weeks now it was a goal that seemed to come from no where.

The development team stuck to the task and gradually got a foot hold on the game with some powerful running from the midfield and they started to create their own chances. Towards the end of the first half at thirty two minutes Dick Donaldson advanced from the midfield and fired a pass across the D which young Jack Jamieson just failed to get his stick to. You would have thought that Western would have learned their lesson from this near goal but from the same move a few moments later young Jamieson did get on the end of the pass on his front stick and fired the ball into the back of the net for his second senior goal in two weeks.

Halftime Kelburne 5XI 1 ? 2 Western 5 XI

Kelburne started the second half on the attack and won a series of short corners but were unable to convert any of them due to some excellent stops by the Western keeper. The development squad were constantly on the attack looking for the equaliser and this finally came through a great play which saw Martin Bryne deposit the ball into the net, Like Jack this was Martins second senior goal in two weeks. At this point the development team were looking good. Could they go on to win this game and break their 2012 duck? Well the answer was no!

Western managed to score a third goal which their umpire initially dis-allowed. He asked for the opinion of the Kelburne umpire and then the decision was reversed much to Kelburne?s disappointment. Kelburne dug in again and tried to rescue this game but their attacks were dealt with and at times the Kelburne team struggled to deal with the fast break away?s which Western were able to produce. With eighteen minutes to go the feet were swiped from Martin Byrne, Martins reaction earned him a yellow card.

Despite being down to ten men and huge amounts of pressure from the marauding Wildcats, the development squad dug in once more and did everything they could to contain the opposition and were unlucky to concede another goal.

Full time Kelburne 5 XI 2 ? 4 Western 5 XI

In summing up the game in his post match analysis player coach Steve Bain commented that the squad were doing really well until they went to ten men and it was nigh on impossible to contain a team on the ascendency a man short. Ewan Crawford?s work in defence earned him the coaches accolades and the man of the match went to Jack Jamieson.

Next week the development squad welcome Glasgow Accies to their home fixture ? can the Fives break their 2012 duck ? lets hope so!