Balclutha charges into strong second position
The Stirling Sports Balclutha first XI moved into second place with a win against previously unbeaten Melchester Rovers on the weekend.
This sets up a mouth watering tie next weekend with a game against table toppers, and last season’s nemesis, Technical AFC.
After a nervous start in his debut, 15-year-old Kellan Crowie settled into the game well. Melchester’s indulgent smiles faded as the youngster adapted to this level and started to show his class and why the coach had so much faith in him.
The youngster’s winning a corner led to Clutha’s first goal. A clumsy push on Jack Barraclough saw a penalty awarded, which Barracough converted. A number of chances were created by the team in red in the first half but a fantastic performance from the opposition keeper prevented any further score.
Balclutha doubled their lead just after the break. Cory Budge’s pinpoint corner cruelly struck an opposition player and went into their own net. The men from town scored the next goal with 25 minutes remaining and this set up a series of attacks against Clutha which were repelled by our stout defence. Man of the match for Clutha was Mzamo Mhlatshana, whose fast acceleration at right midfield and work ethic across the park made a real impact.
The Windy Ridge second XI travelled to town to play Green Island. In a great game against a younger side, the seconds twice had to come back from being a goal down and the scores were tied 2-all with 15 minutes to run. After Green Island took the lead again at that point, Clutha pushed for an equaliser, which led to two quick goals to the opposition. For our team, goals went to Mohammed Shaiyaz and Cleighton Bunting, while James Robson was man of the match.
Sadly, the women’s team lost their unbeaten start to the season. Matched up against the table topping Roslyn Wakari, our girls were doing well to go into half time at just 3-1 down after Victoria de Filippi converted a penalty. Clutha pulled the lead back to one goal when player of the day, Sarah Morahan, scored a scorcher early in the second half. The team in red lost shape as the game progressed, with Roslyn going on to score more unanswered goals for the score to end at 8-2.
The Stirling Sports Balclutha first XI foots it with the big boys.