5th XI continue to Improve despite loss

Kelburne 5th XI 1 - 5 Glasgow University 3rd XI

It was a bright crisp autumnal morning when the 5ths took on the visitors Glasgow Uni 3rds. Glasgow University was founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest University in the English speaking world.

The starting line up was Blair Martin in goals  defence of James Macpherson, Ewan Crawford, Stevie Bain, Ian Miller  midfield Lucas Farndale, Ronnie MaGuire, Sandy Sneddon, James Wood  attack Ali Urquhart , Ian McIntyre. Subs Andrew McCallister, Ross Wallace, David McCallister.

Glasgow Uni started the game and immediately went on the attack but Kelburne stood strong and won the ball then went on the advance themselves with some great passing and running which resulted in a penalty flick being awarded. Twelve year old Ali Urquhart stepped up and fired the ball into the back of the net to give Kelburne the lead.

Glasgow Uni were constantly on the attack but the defence stood strong and also some poor finishing kept the Kelburne goal intact. It came as no surprise when Glasgow Uni did finally equalise with a reverse flick which young Blair Martin managed to get to but unable to keep out of the goal. 

After a spell of good open play by both teams a Kelburne attack was thwarted and Glasgow Uni quickly moved the ball and were three players against Blair and they missed the open goal.

Kelburne changed their forward line and brought on youngsters Andrew and Ross.

Glasgow Uni did have most of the play and were looking the more likely to score and would have if Blair was not having a great day in goal saving shot after shot. Before the first half came to an end Kelburne were again on the attack and the ball fell to senior McCallister whose shot from the top of the D was saved by the keeper.

Halftime Kelburne 5ths 1 ? Glasgow Uni 3rds 1

Kelburne started the 2nd half with several drives towards the Glasgow Uni goal but were unable to convert  any chances into goals. Glasgow Uni won the ball from a slack midfield pass and were quick on the break and won a short corner which they converted. 

Kelburne were playing good passing hockey and were very much holding their own. The midfield were passing the ball well and movement from the front players were excellent but no goals were coming. Kelburne won a short corner after great play from the midfield the resulting shot on goal from Stevie Bain was saved by the keeper and then cleared by his defence. Glasgow Uni fitness began to tell and the chances that were missed in the first half started to go in.

Glasgow Uni scored their third after 25 mins from open play. Shortly after that they score a forth from the foot of a Kelburne player and before the game finished they managed to score one more goal.

Final score Kelburne 5ths 1 ? Glasgow Uni 3rds 5 

The score line does not reflect the work that each player put in to the game. They never gave up or lost heart and I am sure in the weeks to come the results will start to go in Kelburne?s favour.  As a spectator I would like to single outJames Wood for his tireless running and fine play, Ewan Crawford for his heroics in defence and 12 year old Ross Wallace playing in his first senior game.

Match Report by Graeme MacPherson