Saturday 8th September 2012
The Kelburne 3rd XI travelled to Helensburgh for the first game of the new season. The team, missing veteran forward Billy Anderson, welcomed some new faces, and one slightly older one to the successful squad of last season.
Controlling the game, Kelburne began confidently. The team was passing well, with the defence of Connor Bain, Stuart Robin, Mark Connor and Ruraidh McArthur giving Helensburgh little chance to make any advances to the Kelburne goal, defended by Johnny Barlow. The first opportunity of the match fell to Andrew Bremner, who after a long, winding run saw his shot saved. This was followed by unrelenting pressure from the Kelburne midfield of Adam McInnes, JG Shepherd and Captain Alan Ralph and multiple shots on goal from the forward line of Martin Byrne, last season?s top scorer Andy Bremner and Ryan Edgar, none of which came to fruition. The breakthrough was to come from a 3rd successive short corner. A quick move from McInnes and Bremner at the top of the D left Captain Alan Ralph with a shot on goal, which he proceeded to fire low into the corner. 1 - 0. Kelburne maintained the pressure, and after waves of further attack, a low cross in to the D, resulted in a deflection from ?team boy" Jack Jamieson in to the goal. 2 - 0. The final chance of the fist half also fell to Jamieson, who was unlucky not to score a back post deflection from a low drag flick.
Half time: 2 -0
For the second half, the Kelburne line up was altered - with Ralph moving to defence and McInnes replacing him at the centre of midfield. Youngster Neil McIntyre was to fulfil the role of right midfield. The second half began with Kelburne eager to secure another goal. This was to come early on from Ryan Edgar, who helped an Andy Bremner effort on the way to its ?inevitable destination" . 3 ? 0. Amid waves of further pressure, Kelburne was awarded a short corner which was converted by a (right of centre) Adam McInnes drag flick. 4 ? 0. As Kelburne attempted to add to their lead, a Helensburgh counter-attack resulted in, despite the initial save of keeper Barlow, a goal. 4-1. Kelburne then once again increased their margin to 4, thanks to a second phase penalty corner conversion from Neil McIntyre, who slotted home a cross from McInnes. 5-1. Once again however, Kelburne was to be caught exposed at the wrong end of the pitch, and a fast Helensburgh breakaway resulted in another goal. 5-2. The final goal of the match came from a beautifully placed Alan Ralph pass, which was deflected in to the roof of the net by Andy Bremner. 6-2. Helensburgh?s last attempt on the Kelburne goal was thwarted by Connor Bain, who saved what was a certain goal with a clearance on the line.
Game finished: 6 ? 2
This was a
confident performance from the fresh-faced 3rd XI. It was great to welcome
back to the team ?club legend" Stuart Robin, whose experience and
influence will no doubt be of great value as the year goes on. Despite
the disappointment of losing two goals which were avoidable, the team
demonstrated the kind of strong, confident hockey which took them close
to league victory last season. If this performance is anything to go by,
there is no doubt that the season ahead looks extremely bright.
Match report by Adam McInnes