The sixteen man squad, under the guidance of coaches Willie Marshall and Duncan McInnes, was made up of equal proportions of experienced players and inexperienced younger players, four of whom are only twelve years old, yet as a team they have bonded really quickly.
The squad was Blair Martin in goal, defence combinations of Connor Bain, Ruairadh McArthur, Fabian Goldie, Martin Byrne, Edward McGuire and James MacPherson. A midfield of Andrew Duff (Captain), Jack McKenzie and Jack McAllister, and upfront Adam McInnes led the forward combinations of Neil McIntyre, Dean Kennedy, Lucas Farndale, Aiden Fitzgerald and Jack Jamieson.
It took Kelburne only eight minutes to gain the lead through a superb strike from Adam McInnes which he rifled into the back of the Hillhead goal and it was from this point that the Burne never looked like loosing the lead for the rest of the match.
Following some excellent work down the left hand side youngster Neil McIntyre found the back of the net with a simple tap in, after fifteen minutes, for number two and the goals just kept coming, Adam McInnes picked up his second of the game shortly after.
Half time Kelburne U16 XI 3-0 Hillhead U16 XI
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, the fourth soon followed from a brilliant solo run by Jack McKenzie. In the next period of play an excellent through ball from Captain Andrew Duff allowed young Jack Jamieson to send the ball high past the Hillhead keeper for number five. Kelburne were all playing very fast, confident hockey at this point and on the odd occasion when Hillhead were able to break out of their own half and get past the robust midfield, stalwart defenders, Connor Bain, Ruairadh McArthur and Fabian Goldie , aided and abetted by their young helpers, mopped up the trouble.
The closest Hillhead got to scoring was when they gained two short corners, one after the other. Two superb blocks by Blair snuffed out the shots and Adam McInnes was on hand to clear the ball from the goal mouth melee.
Kelburne continued to move the ball back and forward, left and right with consummate ease, keeping the ball well clear of the beleaguered opposition. Goal number six started of in defence , with a series of passes through the mid field and concluded with a crisp one two between Andrew Duff and Jack Jamieson to allow the Duff Man to score.
As the game was coming to an end, Kelburne continued to press and it was no surprise when Jack McAllister slotted the ball past the Hillhead keeper for goal number seven from a short corner.
In summing up the match coach Willie Marshall stated that the U16?s had played some brilliant hockey, particularly in the second half. This was a fantastic team effort with the older boys leading by example and it was clear from their own performance that their younger peers had not been phased by the task before them.
Full time Kelburne U16 XI 7-0 Hillhead U16 XI
Thanks to the coaches, Blair dad for umpiring and the parents who attended on a chilly Wednesday night