3rd XI continue winning ways

Western 4s vs Kelburne 3s

off the back of a 2 week break coming into this game with a semi final to look forward to, Kelburne were facing their QF match opponents in an end of the season clash with western 4s at Auchenhowie. Kelburne were delighted to see regular faces back in the squad after a few games out such as veteran Billy Anderson back up front as well as rising star Neil McIntrye to join him with the familiar centre back pairing of Mark Connor and the return of Ruiraidh McAuthur.

Kelburne started the game with all the ball, passing it around just so everyone could get a touch but because of the 2 week break they couldn?t quite create much to threaten their opponents, which started to cause sloppy passes and trying to force the ball towards goal but after 10mins or so, that all changed and kelburne started to play, with great play down the right by Adam McInnes who found Matt McGinley in the centre of the pitch, his pass towards the D caused problems for the western defence and conceded a short corner. From the short corner the ball was fired from top D and with the ball being stuck underneath the keepers pads, Andy Bremner had no problem slotting the ball into the goal which gave kelburne the lead.

Kelburne then wanted their second, chance after chance with gut bursting runs throughout the game from Alan ?Cafu" Ralph from right back were causing the western defence all sorts of problems. Finally with a moment of magic B.Anderson found himself chipping the ball over opponents sticks with ease and found A.Bremner who unselfishly passed across goal only to find N.McIntyre at the back post to put the ball in the goal.

Western didn?t give up easy and weren?t going down with a fight, finding passes in and out the midfield they found themselves attacking the kelburne D but nothing really threatening yet with R.McAthur and M.Connor dealing with anything coming towards them and with this gave Kelburne momentum to keep pressing with M.McGinley dictating the tempo of the game by pulling the strings in the centre of the kelburne midfield.

Just before half time kelburnes? efforts were rewarded with another short corner, which again came out only to find the stick of Neil McIntyre who took the responsibility to take the shot on and that he did, with a fine strike N.McIntyre scored his second and kelburnes 3rd of the match.

Half time 0-3

Kelburne again started slow at the start of the second half and western tried their hardest to take advantage with creating alot more chances by getting more shots on target towards the kelburne keeper but still they couldn?t get that goal. Kelburne then increased their lead to four when again M.McGinley was found with the ball in midfield who passed it through to the back post were he found B.Anderson who clinically finished it off.

This still didn?t stop western playing and finally their efforts were rewarded with short sharp passing and kelburne feeling fatigued, found the kelburne defence too flat and western made them pay for switching off for a moment with a calmly finished shot that left the kelburne defence standing and their keeper with no chance.

This didn?t dampen kelburnes spirits and again found themselves in front of goal with chance after chance, chances that fell to R.Edgar and J.G.Shephard that were so close to getting them on the scoresheet and making the western keeper play to his best to keep the score down with some great saves . Kelburne started to calm things down with passes between the defence with F.Goldie and B.Mackay making some great runs for their teammates to pass to them and after a while kelburnes efforts were again rewarded with a short corner which from that managed to win a penalty flick which R.McArthur calmly converted to give kelburne their 5th of the day.

Kelburne weren?t done there and from yet another short corner A.Bremner found himself slotting the ball into the western goal to give them their 6th which was the final score.

Full time 1-6

With the disappointment of not winning the league, kelburne 3s have responded in the right manner by winning their last four league games and find themselves in an intra- semi final with the kelburne 4s through at pefermill in the plate.

With such a young squad and this season being the first that most players have came into the team, things can only get better for the 3s next season.

By Mark Connor