Victory down the Coast for 5th XI

Ayr 2nd v Kelburne 5ths
Saturday 12th October

The young development team traveled to Ayr for their latest game of this season. You would have thought they were playing on the beach if it were not for the missing donkeys as the pitch was very sandy. As the teams lined up to start the game it was noticeable that this Ayr squad was also a young development team.
Ayr started the game but it was not long before Kelburne had won the ball in the midfield and started on the attack with Miles driving forward and passing to Finn but there was no way through the Ayr defence for the youngster. There was lots of good play from the Kelburne team without creating a clear chance on goal. There was plenty of good running and creating space for the pass and it was not long before they won the first short corner of the match. Ian continuing to take the injections managed to get the ball out of the D at the first attempt but the defence were out quickly and the ball was cleared.
Kelburne appeared to have the upper hand in this match and it was felt that a goal would soon come if they continued to play the same passing game and so it was to happen. Ten minutes had gone when Duncan had a powerful shot which was inches away from the postage stamp leaving the keeper with no chance of a save. Ayr restarted the game and lost the ball to Kelburne who quickly moved the ball towards goal and Miles slotted the ball past the keeper.

The next ten minutes was a free flowing open match with both teams playing good hockey. The third goal of this match was for Kelburne and was scored by Lucas after some great play. Ayr did have a clear attempt on goal but this was easily saved by Blair. Duncan had another attempt on goal on the stroke of halftime but he missed.

Halftime Ayr 2nds 0 ? 3 Kelburne 5ths

Finn restarted the match and Kelburne were quickly on the attack and David had the first shot at goal which was saved by the keeper. Ayr broke away but Blair was sharply out of his goal and saved. The team were trying to keep their shape and take the match to Ayr and create more goal scoring chances and on a few occasions this lead to Ayr breaking away but the defence stood strong and cleared their lines. Another attempt by Ayr was saved and cleared by James at the back post to still keep Blair with a clean sheet. The midfielders were beginning to dominate and get the ball to the forwards and chances were coming. Such a chance fell to Ian who shot passed the post when the goal was empty.

Ayr had a shot at goal which produced a reflex save from Blair. David had another shot at goal. Ayr were reduced to ten players when a green card was shown for swearing at their own umpire but Kelburne were unable to take full advantage of this by scoring any more goals. The clock ticked down with no further goals being scored.

Full time Ayr 2nds 0 ? Kelburne 5ths 3

This was another great performance by the young development team. It was good to see Blair keep another clean sheet. There were a lot of positives to take to next week?s first home game of the season against Glasgow University. The team enjoyed hospitality after the match and a thank you must go to Ayr for this. On the return journey home the roving reporter asked captain Ian how he managed to miss an empty goal ?I?ll let you in to a secret don?t tell anyone? of course I won?t. ?I looked up and shot just inside the post which I thought I had done brilliantly and had scored my second goal of the season only to realise that it was the wrong set of goals that I had scored into.? To cheer him up I did say his injections were improving and maybe next week the ball might get out of the D quicker than the defenders.

G MacPherson (thanks I think)