5ths lose thriller to League Leaders

Rottenrow 2nd v Kelburne 5ths

The development team travelled to Stepps to take on league leaders Rottenrow on a dry, crisp autumnal day under a sky that was a deeper shade of blue. The team were hoping for another good performance but knew it would be hard against such strong physical opponents
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Starting lineup was GK David Ogilvie, Defence Shaun Jardine, Ewan Crawford, James Macpherson, David McAllister, Midfield Lucas Farndale, Billy Anderson, Don Tervit, Andrew McAllister, Attack Duncan McInnes , Finn Halliday, Subs Sam Jamieson Alex Bogan.

Finn started the game by taking the pushback. The ball was played around the team to settle the youngsters and the first few minutes both teams tried to impose themselves on the match but chances were few and far between. Rottenrow started to gain the upper hand and had a few shots on goal.
 
The defence stood strong and cleared their lines. On the ten minute mark Duncan had a shot at goal which was saved and Don followed up but his shot was also saved by the keeper.

Rottenrow had five, six, seven, eight shots at goal before they managed to find the back of the net with fourteen minutes gone. Kelburne immediately hit back with Billy having two shots saved by the keeper before he won a short corner. This was injected by Duncan (if only captain Ian McIntyre was there to see how it is done) Billy had a great shot and Duncan almost scored the rebound. The driving force behind Kelburne at this point in the game was Billy who on this occasion drove the ball across goal where Sam was on hand to make the keeper save and Andrew had his follow up shot saved by the keeper. After twenty minutes young Andrew McAllister had the most wonderful shot instinctively saved by the keeper with the ball about an inch below the bar. The team won a sequence of short corners and came close to scoring.

Kelburne were certainly giving a good account of themselves in this match and it was no surprise when Don went on a strong run and fired the ball across the D to 11 year old Sam Jamieson who smacked the ball into the back of the net to draw the game level. I am sure scoring in this game was the last thing on his mind.
 
The next few minutes saw both teams trying to snatch another goal before halftime and it was Rottenrow who were to do so through a slight defensive blunder but this just made the team dig in and they quickly had the ball on the attack and won another short corner. Don injected to Billy who played the ball back to Don who calmly slotted the ball past the sprawling keeper.

??Halftime Rottenrow 2 ? Kelburne 2

Rottenrow started the second half and quickly lost the ball to enable Kelburne to go on the attack with Finn passing across goal and Duncan shot just passed the post. Rottenrow had a good spell on the ball and was passing the ball well stretching the Kelburne team but never really threaten David in goal, but then out of nothing the ball ended up in the back of the Kelburne goal.

The next few minutes saw some excellent play from Finn and his shot was just wide of the post. Rottenrow were to score again but I think this was a foot foul which their umpire missed as the Rottenrow players did not celebrate in their normal way. For the next part of the game Rottenrow had shot after shot which David in goal produced great save after save.

The team were digging deep and playing good hockey but just could not find the back of the net due to some brilliant saves from the keeper. An excellent move started from Ewan in defence to Billy to Shuan back to Billy to Don who fired across the D and David just failed to get his stick on the ball to guide it into the net.
James still breaking in his new size 12 shoes stomp on the ball on quite a few occasions and this stop many a Rottenrow attack and allowed the team to reshape and get behind the ball and get a breather.

The game started to get a little physical which was a surprise because Rottenrow were in the lead and comfortably dealing with all that Kelburne threw at them. David in goal brought of another great save from a strike for the top of the D but there was nothing he could do to stop the next shot at goal. There was just enough time for Rottenrow to score again.

Although the final score was Rottenrow 6 ? Kelburne 2. This in no way reflected the way the team played today. The older players certainly helped the youngsters through the game and they sure are learning each week and growing in character. I am sure Rottenrow felt it was a hard game to win.
 
 Before watching this plucky performance from the development team I thought this would be a game that would be better best forgotten but this was not the case. I think the whole team can be very proud of the game they gave the league leaders.

Next week the development team travel to Ayr

Thanks to roving reporter Graeme McPherson