Rossvale were the victors of The Glasgow & District YFL U13s League Cup after a narrow win over Jimmy Johnstone Academy. Both sides played extremely well, particularly in defence, but Rossvale proved to be the more clinical of the two teams.
Early on and Academy were dominating the chances. SeanPlanderluth showing his set piece quality by whipping in a great crossed ball on seven minutes but Declan Healy couldn’t control the ball and the chance passed Academy by.
On 13 minutes Academy had another fantastic opportunity. Alexander Lynn played in Christopher Callaghan and just before he was about to shoot Rossvale defender Kieran Craven made a world class sliding tackle to deny Callaghan a chance. There were calls for a penalty but they were rightly disregarded.
It was an end to end entertaining game despite the fact there had been no goals. That all changed though on 25 minutes whenPlanderluth thundered in a free-kick towards goal. Nathan Adger made the save but couldn’t hold the shot and the ball landed at the feet of Lynn who finished off. Unfortunately for Academy the offside flag was raised and the goal didn’t count, much to the dislike of the Academy players and officials.
Rossvale started to create more chances themselves. Cammy Ralston crossed in a low ball from the right. It found Jonny Scott but wasted the chance by taking a touch instead of perhaps shooting first time. Only minutes later andJack Crumlish tried a more speculative effort from just outside the box but the shot lacked power and it was an easy save for Colin Linton.
An exciting first half with the unfortunate disappointment of no goals.
Half Time: Rossvale 0 – 0 Jimmy Johnstone Academy
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first except that we finally got the opening goal. Three minutes into the half and Ralston went through in goal. He tried to slip the ball past the keeper and partly succeeded as the ball hit of Linton and bounced across the goalmouth. It looked as if Academy would clear to safety but that was not the case and Jack Crumlish probably could not believe his luck when he had an open goal to smash the ball home and make it 1-0 Rossvale.
Two minutes later and Rossvale were on the ascendency as a Ralston long ball found Crumlish who went bearing down on goal. He proceeded to chip Linton but managed to lob the crossbar at the same time.
42 minutes in and Academy had a chance for an equalizer. Callaghan went through for Academy and again he was denied by Craven. The captain for Rossvale was proving his worth in defence much to the despair of the Academy forward line.
It was an action packed period of play and again Planderluth caused confusion in the Rossvale box with a crossed ball from the free kick. A penalty box melee ensued and eventually Rossvale cleared for a corner.
After the corner Rossvale countered. Lewis Warnock received the ball and attacked down the right hand side. He used his pace effectively and reached the Academy box, however he could not apply the finishing touches to the chance he created.
For the first time in the match play quietened down. It was only until the 60th minute when the next real chance occurred. Rossvale’s Crumlish went down the right hand side and Rankin came out to try and claim the ball first. However the goalkeeper completely missed the ball and ended up giving away a free-kick close to the corner flag.
He gave away the free-kick at his own cost as it lead to Rossvale’s second goal. Crumlish played a crossed ball in and Rankin seemed to catch comfortably on the goal line. Yet the linesman’s flag went up and after a brief discussion the referee awarded the goal. It bewildered most at the match, including the Rossvale players. But the linesman was in the best position to award the goal and seemed adamant the whole ball crossed the line.
After the goal Rossvale held out strong and deserved the keep their clean sheet. Limiting Academy to few chances in the final ten minutes of the game. Talking to Stewart Giltinan of Rossvale after the game he said “it was a very very tight game. We said at half time that if you want to win you have to pick it up in the second half.”
“We have a league decider of Friday and after our success and at Lenzie in an 11-a-side tournament we are effectively going for the treble now.” When asked about next season he said he hoped they could “win the West Regional cup. Consolidate on our league position.”
Full Time: Rossvale 2 – 0 Jimmy Johnstone Academy