4th XI make it 5 in a row

Kelburne 4 th XI 3 - 2 Ayr 2nd XI

So far this season Kelburne 4XI have started very strongly, playing 4 games to this point and and winning all 4. The 4XI now faced Ayr 2XI on the 20th of October in their 5th game of the season and so travelled to Ayr with a bare 11 for an away game that could extend their 100% record and see them remain at top of the league in Devision 2. 

Push back for the game was delayed as the pitch did not look in a playable condition due to patches of heavy, wet sand. However, after the pitch had been brushed the two teams respectfully decided to allow the game to start with the condition that the safety of the game would be under review throughout. Thankfully, it was not necessary to stop the play after push back as there were no safety issues.

The game started at a high tempo with it being clear that the policy of both teams would be to attack from the outset. Kelburne 4XI managed to put the Ayr defence under pressure with some passing around their 'D' which finally lead to an attempted shot from Alfie Gillies making it's way to Jack O'Connell who calmly directed it home, making the score 0-1 and giving this ambitous Kelburne side the lead.

Ayr 2XI very quickly looked to level the scoring by pushing forward and catching the 4XI on the break, resulting in a short corner being given. A straight strike from the top of the 'D' followed and unfortunately it found it's way through keeper Dave Ogilvie's legs and crashed against the backboard. 1-1.

Kelburne 4XI now raised their game, allowing for a more attractive style of play to commence. They began passing the ball on a rather sticky pitch more fluently and managed to secure the lead again from a well taken strike from Stuart O'Connell. Making the score 1-2 and giving an advantage to the Kelburne side.

An onslaught of Kelburne short corners then followed, which the 4XI were unable to make anything of until another strike from Alfie Gillies again made it's way to the hard working Jack O'Connell, who deflected the ball, giving it just enough height to direct it past the Ayr keeper. 1-3.

Shortly after an Ayr midfielder pushed forward, releasing the ball to his forward. Which resulted in a swing and a miss inside the 'D' from the Ayr forward, no foul was given however and the same forward managed to get a second swing away which beat keeper Dave Ogilvie. 2-3.

HT - Kelburne 4XI reflect on the first half and draw thoughts to their ambitions for the current season.

The second half continued in the same manner of the first, with both teams having oppurtunities to further the scoring. However, Vice-Captain James Currie saw yellow following a reaction to a bad tackle and left the 4XI with 10 men. Never the less, Some courageous defending from Richard Morgan and Gordon Robbie, added to keeper Dave Ogilvie's shot stopping allowed the Kelburne side to see out this period without conceding.

After James Currie's return Kelburne were awarded a penalty flick following some brave attacking from Stuart O'Connell, who all day put his body on the line. Unfortunately he left the penatly to be taken by Son, Jack O'Connell, who dragged the flick dramatically wide of the keeper's right post. 

Kelburne 4XI held out for the remainder of the game and the scoring ended 2-3. Giving the 4XI a well earned 3 points and keeping them top of the table. They now face Glasgow Uni at Bellahouston next weekend in a game which could prove to be an exciting watch.

Match Report: Steven Robbie