Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3's 2
After a solid opening day victory at home last week, the young Kelburne 3's travelled to Motherwell to try and keep the good start going.
A good starting period, where we had nearly all the possession in dangerous areas, several chances and short corners all went begging - and frustration started to creep in.
A physical and scrappy Motherwell started to get some break away moves and one of these resulted in a short corner which they converted, although this was quickly followed by a disallowed short corner goal from Kelburne which disheartened them somewhat but they ended the first half on a positive note with more pressure and ball possession.
Half-Time 1-0 for the home team.
In response in the second half, JG Shepherd coolly took the ball on a mazy dribble from the 22 mtr line and slotted a nice slide-rule shot under the oncoming goalkeeper to square the match at 1-1. Kelburne kept on attacking and pushing up the pitch in waves which resulted in a second goal to go 2-1 up and well deserved at that point. A well worked interchange of passes between Adam McInnes, Sheperd and Fraser Scott, resulting in the latter slipping a pass-come shot which nicked the goalkeeper pads and arm and slipped in to the net. They all count.....!
Kelburne kept attacking in waves but in the end, left themselves exposed at the back to the unorthodox but effective direct line of play from Motherwell. This resulted in their equaliser quite soon afterwards to take the game to 2-2 with about 20 minutes to go.
Short Corners kept coming for Kelburne and various options were used and thwarted by solid defensive work or squandered with loose play around the top of the D. And it was to be from one of our failed corners that the Motherwell 3rd goal came - another breakaway up the park with some direct thrashing forward of the ball to a forward who lobbed the ball feebly in to the net. Now 3-2 down and 10 minutes to go and more Kelburne waves and more ball possession. Then another breakdown and direct smash through the middle to the forward to make it 4-2 with 5 minutes left.
Despite all the pressure, Kelburne couldn't score as time petered away for the team to make any in-roads back to score parity.
Decent possession and some nice play did not produce the goods today, but we must build on the performance and keep playing the right way against teams who block and stop at every opportunity. A better performance than the score suggests - so more of the same this week against - but a bit more clinical in the last 25 being the order of the day.