3rd XI Slump to Narrow Loss

Kelburne 3rd XI 2   3 Rottenrow 

Kelburne welcomed league newcomers Rottenrow to Bellahouston on a crisp autumn afternoon for a game which they knew would be tough against a team that has cruised through the leagues since their formation a few years ago. Kelburne welcomed back club legend Billy Anderson for his first game of the season as they looked to build on their win in the season opener at Helensburgh.

The game started scrappily becoming a midfield battle as both team looked to take control of the match. It was a half of few chances for either side. Kelburne had the best chance of the half as youngster Neil McIntyre hit the post after the best move of the half. Neither side could find a breakthrough and the sides went in even at half time.
Half Time 0 - 0

The second half started the same as the first but only a few minutes in Rottenrow managed to sneak in front on the counter attack. A flowing move down the left and a pass across goal left keeper Jonny Barlow with no chance as the forward tapped in at the back post. 

The goal seemed to press Kelburne into action and they soon started to put pressure on the Rottenrow defence. The pressure paid off when Andy Bremner won a short corner. The corner was slipped to Captain Ralph who returned the ball to Bremner who found John-Gerard Shepherd at the back post to slot in the equaliser. With the scores level 

Kelburne started to stamp their authority on the game and started to search for the winner. With just over ten minutes to go Kelburne got what they were looking for after Bremner won a penalty when as it looked like he was certain to score the defender made a terrible stick challenge which left the umpire with no choice but to award the penalty. Captain Ralph stepped up and led by example to put the ball past the keeper and out Kelburne into a deserved lead. 

With the lead theirs and looking to see out the game Kelburne started to take control of the game against a shell-shocked Rottenrow. But with five minutes to go a misplaced pass let in the Rottenrow forward to win a corner which was tucked away for the equaliser. With this goal the momentum turned and there only looked like one team that would score and Rottenrow done just that with two minutes to go to complete an unlikely turnaround. There was not enough time for Kelburne to find a reply before the game finished.

Although the result wasn?t what Kelburne was looking for there were some positives with the great performances of youngsters Neil McIntyre and Jack Jamieson. Captain Ralph said afterwards, ?we knew today was going to be a tough game against strong opposition. We are gutted we never managed to hold onto the lead especially with the short time to go but these things happen. But we can take the positives from the game like the performances of the youngsters and some great passing moves. We can also remember how we low we feel right now and use it to make sure we it makes us stronger. It?s early in the season and we will bounce back to challenge for the league this season and try and improve on last seasons position.