Reserve Plate Final 2012
Kelburne 3s, on their last game of the season at have a chance at some silverware at Pefermill if they can get over the finish line that only Inveleith stand in their way and can stop them on doing that. With all the hard work the 3s have put in this season, a final is only what they deserve.
The game started well for Kelburne, having the majority of possession early on, creating lots of chances most of them falling to promising striker JG Shephard but couldn?t get the break through and some individual efforts from Frenchman Victor Evrard and B.McKay. Kelburne eventually broke the deadlock after 8 mins from a routine short corner making the Inverleith keeper pull off a great save from a drag flick, however 3s top goal scorer Andy Bremner pounced on the rebound to settle some of the young kelburnes nerve.
This drove Kelburne to push forward for the second and get that comfortable two goal lead with captain A.Ralph and A.McInnes taking it in turns to dominate the central of the midfield, J.Barlow in goal shouting at the back four of D.Fowler, D.Magee, 3XI player of the year R.McArthur and F.Goldie having a quiet game, not having too much to deal with as the Inverleith couldn?t breakthrough Kelburnes control in midfield, M.Connor and A.Bremner linking up well on the left hand side, creating half chances and making the keeper pull off save after save but Kelburne just couldn?t get that two goal lead. Kelburne went into half time with a one goal advantage but because of the amount of chances and dominance in the first half, they?ll feel disappointed.
The second half started bizarrely with only half the Kelburne team on the pitch when Inverleith started the restart but wasn?t able to capitalise on Kelburnes lack of concentration. It was a huge let off. Kelburne then controlled the game as they did in the first half and eventually was awarded with the most bizarre goal of the season. With some well worked link up play from C.Bain and A.McInnes the ball was passed forward down the line to R.Edgar who passed it inside to Fabian ?cisse? Goldie who cut inside top D and went to reverse shot which was a total miss-hit (though he might tell you otherwise) found the ball loop right over the keeper and into the side netting of the goal. Kelburne got their two goal lead that they deserved.
Inverleith weren?t giving up without fighting but Kelburnes solid back four were able to deal with any threat thrown at them and found themselves with a 3 goal lead. A.Ralph found himself in space in the centre of midfield, as he was doing all game and fired a ball into the D which was met by the stick of B.Anderson.
Inverleith were still pressing to try and least get a goal in this game, with Kelburne being fatigued and a moment of lack of concentration let Inverleith one on one with the keeper who took it round and shot at goal but young C.Bain was made to pull off a goal line clearance that kept Kelburne to finish the game with a clean sheet.
With Kelburnes 3XI season, this was just what they deserved, all season the 3s have gone from strength to strength with every player having great seasons, with such a young team and most players being in the team for only one year, this reserve plate win and 3rd in the league was above expectations at the start of the season. This win is just a platform for this team and next year don?t be too surprised if this go even better and do the double, things can only get better for the 3XI.
Captain A.Ralph said at the end of the game ?I?m so proud with the team this season and I?m looking forward to what we can do next season?
There?s no doubt that the 3s cup success was not only the players performance but the man that gets the best out of them, Coach S.Foster has been a huge influence in how the 3s play and is no doubt the reason of the 3s cup win.
This game also marked the last for Frenchman Victor Evrard who has been a huge addition to the team this season but sadly is going back home. And I?m sure everyone from the club will wish him all the best.
By Mark Connor