3rd XI continue winning ways

Kelburne 3rd XI 3 - 1 Clydesdale 3rd XI

Kelburne were heading into this game with back to back away wins after the heartbreaking loss to Rottenrow, shipping in 14 goals in the process with none conceded. Kelburne weren't going to be easy to play against and being at home was going to make it even harder for Clydesdale. It was a bitter cold autumn morning, so Kelburne weren't going to lie down and get cold.

Kelburne were missing a few players coming into the game, with the likes of A.Bremner, R.McArthur, JG Shepherd and C.Bain but they did have their skipper Alan Ralph back in action and had to call in a few veterans from the 50's i think? Kelburne favourites Duncan McInnes and Don Tervit joined 3rd XI regular B.Anderson to sky rocket the average of the team for at least one week.

There was also a debut for Frenchman Max Dumont who is looking to fill fellow countrymen Victor Everard shoes who was at the club last season.

Both teams started well with each having their own style of play, Kelburne were working the ball from the back moving the Clydesdale team from side to side and Clydesdale were waiting for the chance to hit Kelburne on the counter whenever they could but both styles were having the same outcome, both couldn't find that final pass to make something happen. but it was Clydesdale who got the first break with a short corner.

The short corner was worked well with a well practice routine which deceived the defence and keeper and was sure to score if it wasn't for in form defender M.Connor making a save on the line knocking the ball by the post. This proved to be the turning point of the half, from this Kelburne found an extra gear with quality passing from Adam McInnes and good defensive work by Neil McIntyre whose tackling in midfield was crucial at times. Kelburne were finally awarded with a short corner. ball was pushed out to top D and was then fired back post by Chris McNulty to where the pusher Billy Anderson was standing to slot the ball home. 1-0

"your most vunerable when you've just scored" Clydesdale were putting this to the test, straight from the restart Kelburne were under so much pressure with the keeper J.Barlow having to make some saves. but this was only a spell of pressure as Kelburne looked for their second. from a side ball on the left side of the pitch in Clydesdale half M.Dumont made a 50yrds pass to M.Connor who fired the ball to right back R.Edgar who so delicately deflected the ball up the line(though is debatable if he actually meant it) to D.Tervit who then squared it to C.McNulty who was in loads of space, he then unselfishly passed the ball back post to the 3rdXI young gun Jack Jamieson to score his 2nd of what is an impressive start to his first 3rdXI season and to finish a move that our 1st XI would be proud of. 2-0

This killed the first half off and Kelburne were just seeing the half out. HT 2-0

The 2nd half started the same way as the first with Clydesdale now trying to add more pressure to the Kelburne defence, their efforts were rewarded when a forced ball was fired into the "d" causing confusion, the ball then hit the keepers pads and went in and with the new rules in place that is now counted as an own goal and gave Clydesdale hope. 2-1

This new hope didn't last long though as Kelburne scored their 3rd. with a switched ball from right to left by Ryan Edgar to Billy Anderson who then fired the ball into the "d" to who else but Duncan McInnes who tapped the ball in from back "top d" post to give kelburne their two goal lead back 3-1

This killed the game off completely and Kelburne were able to see the game out comfortably. FT 3-1

This is now 3 wins out of 3 and Kelburne don't look like they want to lose the run of form anytime soon and look to make it 4 out of 4 next week at home against clydesdale 4XI.

Great performances all round and a strong start for french star Max Dumont who looks like he will be one of the 3XI key players this year and a great return for Duncan McInnes who could be out for a month after his 20 mins of fame.

Match report by "IN FORM" Mark Connor