Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3's 7
Glasgow Accies 0
After last weeks 2-4 mauling on the sands of Medinah Motherwell Astro at the hands of an experienced but physical team, it was back to the drawing board for Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3s on a similar slow sandy pitch at Linwood ON-X against Glasgow Accies.
The late hot summer afternoon on a bone-dry sand-dressed pitch didn't help anyone and the game was not expected to be of high quality, however in the end this proved not to be the case for the young Pro-life Fitness Kelburne 3s squad who set about their challenge to return to victory with relish.
With the experienced backbone of Robbie, Ralph, Fowler and Anderson holding the centre line, this allowed the younger players to flourish and demonstrate their undoubted skills. The first half started very slowly for the 3s, with Accies gaining the upper-hand in exchanges which resulted in an illegal stop on the line by Gordon Robbie - up stepped the spritely young Accies forward who then sqaundered the opportunity by slipping it past Dougie McEwans left-hand post. An early luck escape....!
However after 10 mins, the Pro-life Fitness Kelburne 3s pressure started to tell on the Accies when a Fowler through pass went to young Luke Hortin for a 1on1 with the keeper for a first-time shot which the keeper saved but he was still on hand to follow through on the re-bound and smash an unbeatable shot in to the net for a 1-0 lead. And just 5 minutes later came the 2nd, from a great inside left run by Fraser Bone ending with a cute cut-back to an on-fire Horton who threaded in another unstoppable shot while on the run. And after 20 mins, the game was more or less sealed with a goal from the mercurial forward Billy Anderson from a great 3-way move down the right by Mort, Morton and Hortin, ending with a cool square pass from Calum Mort to Anderson who slotted home past a beaten keeper after his first high-net bound effort was saved by the keeper.
With the game more or less over after 20 mins, the 3s then descended in to a period of poor play, slowing the ball down and running too much with it rather than using their norml incisive quick passing game. Half-time came at 3-0 and severe talking to by Captain Anderson demanded more effort, structure and quick play for the second half start.
After the break these demands were met with a quick-start goal which started another goal-rush. A smart move around the circle with a pass and save by the goalie at the back-post with Ross Wallace on-hand to snap up the re-bound and slot it home with his reverse stick for an un-assailable 4-0 lead. This was followed quickly by a Fowler-Anderson move, with the formers slide-rule pass a setting up Anderson to cooly slot the goal home from a very tight angle for a 5-0 lead.
The game then started to get a bit niggly as the hungry Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne team pushed for more goals and the Accies grew more exasperated, and eventually the 6th came which marked a glorious hat-trick for Hortin. Another slick move around the circle and cut-back for him to slap it home and his day was compete. But more was to come. A drive down the right-hand side of the pitch by Ryan Edgar was looking good until he inexplicably cut inside and left himself exposed, however a great recovery to reach the ball first and reverse-stick across goal was met by Adam Morton to grab only his 2nd senior goal for the Club, slapping it home from close range and making it a runaway 7-0 for the yellows....
Overall a very solid and committed performance by all the young players in the squad with the oldies propping up the rear-guard with ease, however the MoM award has to go to Luke Hortin with a brilliant hat-trick on the day. With injuries and wedding and University trips now complete, the return of Neil McIntyre, Stuart Robin and Mark Connor is certainly going to give the Selectors some headaches in the next fortnight - no doubt a combination of match fitness and training form will go a long way to deciding how the next Squad for 4 Oct against Uddingston will be made up.