HELENSBURGH Hockey Club ended their first indoor league season with a penalty shoot-out win after coming back from three goals down to draw their final fixture.

At the end of a campaign of mixed emotions, the Burgh team took on Western Veterans, a combination of the most experienced players from clubs in west of Scotland district.

Throughout the first half the pace built and Helensburgh’s ill-discipline resulted in several short corners being given away.

The Veterans were looking dangerous from the set-pieces and scored threetimes in the first half – and could have had more but for some impressive defending from Stuart.

Many chances were put through on goal but unfortunately the Vets keeper was playing a blinder.

The Burgh fightback began when Black and Stuart went for the tried and tested method - the ball went straight to Stuart, who played it back to Black, who in turn deflected in goalward to pull one back.

From a short corner, Stuart’s shot was saved but McMenemin followed up to poke home the rebound.

And captain Stuart clinched the equaliser after playing a neat one-two with Black, deftly touching the ball home to send the tie to a shoot-out.

Helensburgh had never been involved in a penalty shootout before and the nervous five took their positions while the West Vets were feeling calm and collected.

Captain Stuart was up first and dispatched easily, West Vets equalised!

Young MacAuley stood up to the task next, but his shot was just in the reach of the Vets keeper, who then watched as his team scored their second flick.

Morris Kelly dispatched his attempt coolly before McGregor pulled out a great save to draw Helensburgh level.

McMenemin was up for Burgh’s fourth, but he dragged it wide – only for McGregor to save another to keep it level.

Black was the final penalty taker for Burgh and dispatched a shot into the top corner – and the pressure got to Vets as their last man put his shot wide, leaving the Helensburgh players ecstatic.

This week, the outdoor league restarts with the first XI at home against Strathclyde Uni with a 12pm pushback.

The indoor team are in the cup on Sunday and have a chance to return with silverware.

Helensburgh: D. McGregor, A. MacAuley, A. Stuart, G. Black, Morris Kelly, Morgan Kelly, A. Kelly, C. McMenemin.