Kelburne prove too strong for Wildcats

MILNGAVIE. Wildcats hockey vs Kelburn at Auchenhowie.
MILNGAVIE. Wildcats hockey vs Kelburn at Auchenhowie.

Western Wildcats 2

Kelburne 4

National League Division 1

With both teams joint league leader, this Auchenhowie derby clash was a fixture high on excitement and action.

Kelburne were quicker off the mark with a pacey start scoring in the third minute.

The Wildcats hit back with an equaliser in the 5th minute. Vishal Marwarha forced the ball over the line courtesy of a deflection from a defender’s stick.

A midfield battle developed between Wildcats Niall Sommerville, Andrew Sinclair and Marwha and the visitors Nelson, Christie and Bremner. A solid defence restricted Kelburne to set-pieces.

However Kelburne went into the lead in the 20th minute when Scott Sutherland fired into the net to go into half time 2-1 up.

A disastrous 10 minute period early in the second half snuffed out a comeback from Wildcats. First, Bremner converted a scrappy corner routine to give the Paisley side a two goal advantage. Then, minutes later, a through ball from Bain was met by Lee Morton who placed a delicate finish under Cats keeper Gavin Sommerville.

Kelburne were 4-1 up but the Wildcats fought right to the end, thwarting Kelburne on a number of occasions and pulling a goal back to warm the hearts of the Wildcats faithful on the sidelines. Scott McCartney rifled a shot past goalkeeper Ben Rennie and into the top corner.

Coach Harry Dunlop, reflecting on a frustrating afternoon, said: “There was a difference in pace between the two side. Kelburne, who have recently competed in Europe, looked to get the ball in play quickly, whereas we were a little off the pace by comparison. The key, though, were the penalty corners and we will be working hard to improve these on the training field this week”.

Western Wildcats play Inverleith on Saturday with a 12pm push-back, and Edinburgh University on Sunday at 2pm - in a crucial home double header next weekend. Please come along and watch. Everyone welcome.

Western Wildcats are very grateful to Friends of Western for their generosity in sponsoring the match.