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.