3rds win again

Kelburne 3XI - 4
Clydesdale 4XI - 1

For the second week in a row, Kelburne's 3XI development squad welcomed local rivals Clydesdale to Bellahouston looking to maintain their winning ways. This week it was the turn of Clydesdale's 4XI and Kelburne knew this was going to be a tough test following the last contest between the sides that saw the Clydesdale team come out as victors.

Kelburne's 3XI captain, Alan Ralph, was again this week left with a shortfall in his team selection due to the October holiday but Kelburne legends Don Tervit, David Fowler and Duncan McInnes made themselves available to help add experience to the enthusiasm of the ever improving youngsters. 

Kelburne started the game a little slowly with some wayward passing and poor basics but after about 5 minutes into the game they found their feet and started to dominate the play. Youngsters Jack Jamieson and Neil McIntyre have been in superb form recently and they both continued this week where they had left things last week, showing great determination and skill in working the opposition's defence to create opportunities for the team.

This hard work paid off for the home team around half way through the 1st half with two goals in five minutes. The move to create the first goal started with Adam McInnes making a great tackle in the centre of midfield to win the ball. From this, Adam then picked out a pass to Jack who made easy work of beating his defender to then find Don Tervit in space at the back post with a superb pass which Don coolly slotted under the keeper to give Kelburne the lead.

Great work down the right involving Connor Bain, Adam McInnes and Neil McIntyre resulted in the winning of a short corner which Adam McInnes put away with a powerful slap hit low into the bottom left hand corner of Clydesdale's goal.

Half time 2-0.

Kelburne started the second half with a focus on adding to their goal tally whilst defending their crucial two goal lead. With Mark Connor in fine form at centre back thwarting any attack from Clydesdale, it gave both Connor Bain and Frenchman, Maxime Dumont, the confidence to push forward and use the width of the pitch to create changes for the forwards.

One of these moves resulted in getting the ball to Chris McNulty just outside the D. Chris then confused the defender with a lucky break from an interesting touch that Dumbo would have been proud of. It allowed Chris to enter the D and dispatch the ball past the keeper for the third goal which put Kelburne well onto the road to victory.

Frenchman Maxime was showing great determination in trying to open his goal scoring account at Kelburne. After a great run down the left beating about 3 players in the process, Maxime found himself inside Clydesdale's D and he unleashed a powerful reverse stick strike that hit the cross bar with such force that the ball landed back outside the D. This display of great skill shook the Clydesdale defence, and shortly afterwards when Chris McNulty drilled in a quick pass trying to set up Fergus Barrows for a goal, the ball came off the Clydesdale keeper and went into the goal. Under the new rules this season, own goals now count and this made the game safe for Kelburne - it has to be noted that Fergus usually plays in goals himself and was desperately pleading that the ball did touch his stick!!

Kelburne then took their eye off the ball for the final 10 minutes and the team began to lose shape. This allowed Clydesdale to gain a few counter attacks and the pressure paid off with a late consolation goal.

Captain Ralph was pleased with his team's performance and noted the huge contribution being made by the younger players. It all bodes well for the future of the club if they keep on improving in the manner displayed over the last few weeks.

The 3's now have a week off as some of the team travel to watch the 1XI in action at the EHL tournament.

Match report by Alan Ralph