Thomsons Cycles Kelburne 2s opened their home league campaign against newly promoted league winners Rottenrow 1s, a side that hadn't lost in the league since they were created 5 years ago. The Paisley side started quickly, pushing Rottenrow deep into their own 25, creating a chance within seconds of the pushback, with the Glasgow side scrambling the ball clear, possession was retrieved on the left by Connor Bain who passed to marauding centre back Fraser Scott who fired the ball into the D for Gordon Menzies to touch past the helpless goalkeeper, 1-0 after 3 minutes.
A further 10 minutes had elapsed when Kelburne doubled their lead; Jack McKenzie calmly lifting the ball over the diving goalkeeper, after being found by Fraser Hutchison as he ran along the right baseline. 60seconds later, a mirror image of that move from the left saw McKenzie double his tally. 3-0.
Kelburne continued their high tempo pressing game and forced a number of short corners, from one of these a quick thinking Scott slammed home his first goal of the season. Hutchison's straight strike charged down and Scott smashed the ball beyond the stationary 'keeper. 4-0
John Gerard Shepherd was next to notch. Pressure from Andrew Duff on the halfway line forced the Rottenrow player to turn back into trouble, veteran Menzies was able to steal the ball and exchange passes with onrushing Duff, before shooting at goal, despite having his initial shot blocked Menzies retained sufficient presence of mind to provide JG with an easy chance from 3 yards. 5-0.
Just before the end of the half explosive forward McKenzie was able to complete his hat-trick. Gathering Michael Nichol's pass in his stride before running from the halfway line, using the runs of team mates as diversions, before rounding the goalkeeper. 6-0
Despite the halftime team talk asking for more of the same, and with only small tweaks to the tactics, Kelburne were unable to maintain the high level of intensity that they had set.
A running game developed and the former student side were allowed to fight their way back into the game, and were able to score a consolation. Slow set up play, and poor reactions resulted in the Paisley defence being out numbered and powerless to prevent Fergus Barrows being beaten. 6-1.
Kelburne restored their 6 goal lead. After being awarded a short corner Adam McInnis fed Duff, who was able to hit back post for Andrew Bremner to deflect home. 7-1. Shortly after, Kelburne could've added to their lead, but a forward was unable to control a bouncing pass, and was tackled by the post...
A great first half, was let down an inferior second half performance. Still Thomsons Cycles Kelburne 2s know that they're capable of playing to a very high level, and the challenge is to extend their purple patch for longer periods of their next game against local rivals Clydesdale at Glasgow Green on the 4th of October.