Thomson Cycles Kelburne 9
Thomson Cycles Kelburne this week hosted Inverleith in what was anticipated to be their toughest test of the season so far. With regulars Fraser Hutchison and Steven McKinnon unavailable due to work commitments, the team welcomed back Gordon Menzies to fulfil their roster.
After dominating the opening stages of the match it was Inverleith that drew first blood when Kelburne failed to clear their lines and Fergus Barrows? clearing kick rebounded off Captain Ewan Carmichael?s leg and into the empty goal.
Not long after the restart Kelburne were back on even terms when set piece expert Scott Sutherland flicked the ball high into the net leaving the keeper with no chance. Minutes later Sutherland got his second, again from a penalty corner, this time going low to the keeper?s right.
With half time approaching Kelburne were fortunate to get a third when Gordon Menzies? speculative pass deflected off the defender?s stick and straight to Andrew Bremner who gratefully tapped home.
Half Time 3 ? 1
A quick half time team talk, highlighting areas to improve and exploit, the team restarted determined to build on a sold first half. Ten minutes into the second half Kelburne?s fourth came when JG Shepherd?s cross pass was deflected by the Inverleith defender into his own net. Not long after Sutherland completed his hat-trick again from a penalty corner, this time the keeper getting a touch on it but injuring himself in the process. Unfortunately this resulted in the keeper leaving the pitch.
Kelburne sensed this was an opportunity to score more goals. Minutes later after good work down the baseline by Andrew Bremner his pass found Sutherland who slammed home Kelburne?s sixth. The seventh shortly followed again from Sutherland and his trusty drag flick, this time high into the goal leaving the defence with no chance.
Andrew Bremner got his second of the game with another tap in after good play from Andrew Duff. The final goal of the game came with JG Shepherd skipping past the defender and crossing to leave Bremner to slot home Kelburne?s ninth.
A good performance against difficult opposition leaves Kelburne top of the league, two points clear with a game in hand.
Thomson Cycles Kelburne travel across town next week to play local rivals Hillhead in a top verses bottom of the table clash.