4th XI lose narrowly at Motherwell

After a false start last week Kelburne's 4XI finally got their league campaign underway with a visit to Motherwell on Saturday. It was a youthful Kelburne team who took to the pitch eager to how their credentials as the newly promoted 2nd Division champions.

Kelburne started the brighter side displaying their skills with soe flowing hockey and they continued to dominate against their more experienced (and larger!) opponents who tried to counter the 4s skill with their own physical presence. Unfortunately this was to bring dividends for Motherwell as against the run of play they were to hit 'burne on the break to open the scoring. Undeterred however the 4s continued with their open style and soon replied through veteran Alan 'Alfie' Gillies who calmly slotted away the equaliser after a neat dummy from Jak O'Connell.

The 4s continued to press for the remainder of the half but to no avail as the Motherwell defence stood firm.

Half time 1-1.

The 2nd half started as the 1st ended with 'burne continung to press forward driven on by returning midfield general Callum McNaught who was clearly relishing in his nd debut in the yellow of Kelburne. However despite their best efforts Motherwell were to take the lead once more from a penalty corner, the initial strike saved well by 'keeper Douglas McEwan who was helpless to stop the ball being lifted into his net on the rebound. 

Spurred on by this Kelburne again pushed hard creating several opportunities with even centrebacks Currie & Morgan coming close after some fine passing and indvidual skills only to fire just wide to the relief of the Motherwell 'keeper.

Motherwell were to have the last laugh however when skipper Currie released an early ball to launch another attack which was unexpected by young Connor Cusack on the wing alowing the Motherwell left back to pick up the ball and drive through the centre to score to last goal of the game.

Full time 3-1.

On this performance Kelburne will be encouraged that they will enjoy a fine season with skipper Currie saying 'It was a disappointing loss but the performance of the team in particular the younger boys I'm sure we'll soon start to pick up the points our performances dese rve'. Special mention goes to newcomers Adam Morton, Luke Hortin and Fraser Bone who all enjoyed excellent debuts and which bodes well for Kelburne's future.

The 4s next game is away to Helensburgh @  Hermitage Academy on Saturday 21st September.