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Rossvale need extra time to see off plucky Syngenta

Syngenta Juveniles 2

McArther 75, Dillon 89

Rossvale FC 3

Ralston 21, King 75, Crumlish 103
  • Final Result: Syngenta Juveniles 2-3 Rossvale FC (AET)
  • Sunday, 02 February 2014
  • Little Kerse, Grangemouth
  • Under 16´s
  • Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup

James Black | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Both teams looked to progress to the semi final of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup in a hard fought, old fashioned cup tie. Despite a very strong swirling wind threatening to make life difficult;t for both sets of players.
It was Syngenta who had the first real opportunity of the match when Hamish Thomsons low shot was well saved by Graeme Milne in the Rossvale goal. After this early fright Rossvale quickly took control of the game and quickly learned that keeping the ball on the ground and playing short, sharp passes was the key to beating the elements. The visitors had a few early chances but should have really took the lead on 14 minutes when Paul Kings long looping pass sent Cammy Ralston clear through on goal but the forward could only sent his shot straight at 'keeper Kyle Fullerton.
In a slight break in the windy conditions Rossvale tried a number of more direct passes and struck gold when, in the 21st minute, Syngenta 'keeper Fullerton hesitated in coming to collect a long ball and Ralston casually stroked the ball past him into the back of the net. Rossvale thoroughly deserved their goal at this point and Syngenta looked to have a real fight on their hands to turn the tie around.
Just a few minutes later the referee turned away a very strong claim for a penalty when Richard Dunn appeared to be taken out by Fullerton. The 'keeper actually looked to come out worst from the challenge and needed some treatment on the pitch before continuing with the match.
Not long before half time, Syngenta fashioned themselves another chance when Scott Munros low cross was scooped over by Michael Ross from inside the penalty area.
Rossvale almost extended their lead right on the break when Kings cross from wide on the right hand side was cleared but only fell as far as Rossvale's Alan Dunsmore who saw his long distance struck fly just wide of the 'keepers left hand upright.
  • Half Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 1-0
  • Rossvale FC
Syngenta began the second half with a whole new determination and purpose and almost immediately drew themselves level. Hamish Thomson done well to create himself space to have a shot 20 yards from goal and only a fantastic save by Milne kept the scores level.
Next up to try his luck from distance was Lewis McArther. His free kick rattled off the far post and would have been a goal worthy of any level of competition never mind a blustery Sunday afternoon in Grangemouth.
Syngenta maintained the pressure on Rossvale in the hope of getting back into the tie with McArther and Ross both spurning great chances to equalise.
Rossvale then scored what looked to be the decisive goal. Some great running by King saw him out pace his marker and rifle a low shot past Fullerton. The Rossvale players looked delighted at the prospect at taking another step on the road to Airdrie but immediately let their opponents back into the match. A nothing free kick given away in a similar area to where he had already cracked the post from gave McArther a second bite at the cherry and this time his free kick sailed home and breathed new life into the tie and setting up a nervy finish for both sides.
It was Syngenta who kept up the pressure however and really looked as though they wanted to win this tie. The conditions had made the game very difficult and several players needed treatment for cramp.
Then with few minutes left to play Liam Dillon popped up to send the game to extra time, much to the chagrin of the teams waiting to get on the pitch next, after coolly rolling the ball home after something of a goal mouth scramble.
Syngenta had found a way back and now had a chance to seal a wonderful victory from the jaws of defeat in extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Syngenta Juveniles
  • 2-2
  • Rossvale FC

Both teams were now scrapping to stay in the competition and extra time became a very midfield heavy battle.

Rossvale substitute Andrew Davidson had the best chance in the early going and was unluck to see his shot blocked.

Jack Crumlish sealed his team's place in the last 4 when he slid the ball beyond Fullerton from close range.

A fantastic advert for the youth game with two excellent footballing teams on display. Rossvale now join a trio of teams from Edinburgh and the Lothians in the semi finals.

Final Result: Final Result: Syngenta Juveniles 2-3 Rossvale FC (AET)


Syngenta Juveniles
Rossvale FC

18. Kyle Fullerton
3. Jordan McKean
4. Jack Henderson
6. Ryan Laidlaw
7. Micheal Ross
8. Dominic Croy
9. Lewis McArther
10. Neil Highlands
11. Scott Munro
12. Liam Dillon
14. Hamish Thomson
17. Alistair Denovan

1. Graeme Milne
2. Jack Law
3. Ryan Kane
4. Kieran Craven
5. Alan Dunsmore
6. Aidan Widely
7. Daniel Crawley
8. Jack Crumlish
9. Richard Dunn
10. Paul King
11. Cammy Ralston
12. Bradley Nicklin
15. Stephen Roy
17. Andrew Davidson
19.Thomas McGuire

Star Player
Syngenta Juveniles
Rossvale FC
Hamish Thomson. Big, determined midfielder pushed his team on and showed some real glimpses of quality.
Cammy Ralston. Worked hard, scored and done the donkey work that allowed his team mates to flourish. Very intelligent player.
Magic Moment
Syngenta Juveniles
Rossvale FC
The equaliser in the 88th minute. A true 'cup tie' moment.
Any extra time winner is a magic moment so Jack Crumlish's winner will be remembered by the Rossvale players for a while.
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