On the back of their two recent victories and a 5-0 walkover in the three club round robin, the boys in the Kelburne U16 team were looking forward to facing rivals Clydesdale at Bellahouston with the prospect of winning a place against the East and the Midlands in the Scottish Cup Finals at Peffermill on 14th April at stake.
Tonight?s starting line up was Angus Laing in goal, Connor Bain, Edward McGuire, Ruairadh McArthur and Fabian Goldie in defence. Adam McInnes, Jack McAllister and Jack McKenzie formed the midfield, with Andrew Duff, Dean Kennedy and Jack Jamieson up front. Subs were James MacPherson, Neil McIntyre, Lucas Farndale and Aiden Fitzgerald. From the Kelburne push back it was clear that Clydesdale were not going to allow the Kelburne squad time to get into their stride and were after revenge for their recent narrow defeat.
Clydesdale controlled the initial passages of play and following a long corner at twenty minutes a fierce Clydesdale shot was whipped across the D for it to be slotted into the back of the net. A second goal followed only three minutes later from another break, down Kelburne?s left hand side. A defensive mistake at thirty three minutes was pounced on by the Clydesdale attack, and Kelburne found themselves three down at half time.
Coach Willie Marshall took the boys well away from onlookers for the full duration of half time and the Kelburne youngsters were only released from their half time ?talk? at the insistence of the match umpires.
Halftime Clydesdale U16 XI 3-0 Kelburne U16 XI
Kelburne?s woes continued at the beginning of the second half through poor passing play and unforced errors, which Clydesdale capitalised on by getting another two goals. Kelburne?s resolve did not diminish and it was not until midway through the second half that they had their first open shot on goal, Jack Jamieson?s shot was well saved by the Clydesdale keeper.
As the nervous Kelburne supporters contemplated the prospect of qualifying for Peffermill disappearing before their children?s eyes, Kelburne won a penalty flick, which Jack McKenzie coolly slotted past the oppositions keeper. Jack went on to pick up his second a few minutes later following an excellent solo run.
As the pundits worked on the goal difference calculations, the drama of the game continued right to the very end when a shot from a Clydesdale short corner was saved by Angus Laing in the dying seconds of the game, the ensuing shot from the rebound was cleared from the Burne goal by Fabian Goldie.
Final Score Clydesdale U16 XI 5-2 Kelburne U16 XI
The Kelburne U16 boys definitely did not play as well as they have in the previous games of this series however at the time of writing this report it is still hoped that their previous excellent play has been enough to take them to Peffermill.
Thanks to Duncan for umpiring; Willie for coaching (including his tail end substitutions); and to any parents with any nails left.