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Goals galore as Albion Rovers defeat Rossvale

Albion Rovers YFC 7

Barclay 6 (pen), 27, 63, 74, Lochran 25, Sweeney 46, Heath 90+2

Rossvale Rovers 4

Eadie 21, Stewart 39, Hamilton 68, Royle 72,
  • Sunday, 16 September 2018
  • St Andrews High School, Coatbridge
  • Under 17´s
  • The Inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup

Albion Rovers defeated Rossvale Rovers 7-4 in an intense Scottish Cup 2nd Round tie. Four goals from Luke Barclay and other goals from Declan Lochran, Aaron Sweeney and Harris Heath sealed the win for Rovers. Rossvale's goals came from Darrell Eadie, Lewis Stewart, Ben Hamilton and Kian Royle, but on the day, Albion were too strong for Rossvale.

Albion opened the scoring on six minutes from the penalty spot. A long ball into the box by Declan Lochran was dropped by Rossvale keeper Aidan Mulholland, who then pulled down Aaron Sweeney as he was about to put the ball into an open goal, leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Luke Barclay stepped up and sent Mulholland the wrong way.

Rossvale then had their first chance. Good work from Lewis Stewart on the right to press the Albion defence and win the ball. He then found the space on the wing to cross into the box for Darrell Eadie whose first-time shot was well saved at point blank range by Alistair McMillan in the Albion goal.

Albion then had a chance to make it 2-0. A lovely through ball by Aidan McCarthy into the Rossvale penalty area caused a defensive mix-up at the back, which led to Albion being awarded an indirect-free kick. From the resulting free-kick, Sean Holmes laid the ball back to Luke Barclay, who struck an effort through the wall which was well saved by Aidan Mulholland.

Rossvale then levelled the scoring in the 21st minute. Cameron McKay played a ball into Kyle Martin who had the space and played a great ball into Darrell Eadie, who took one touch and dispatched the ball into the corner of the net.

Albion were back ahead just two minutes later. A corner from Harris Heath was knocked on at the front post by Barclay which was not dealt with by Rossvale and the ball fell to Declan Lochran who restored his sides lead with a cool finish from close range.

Their lead was then doubled on the 25th minute. Harris Heath again heavily involved. He found Barclay on the edge of the box who controlled the ball and carried it into the area before smashing a shot past Mulholland into the corner leaving him no chance.

Rossvale grabbed a lifeline just before half time. They were awarded a free-kick 30 yards from goal, which Lewis Stewart stepped up to take and his effort sailed over McMillan. A fantastic goal which put Rossvale right back into the tie.

  • Half Time:
  • Albion Rovers YFC
  • Albion Rovers YFC 3-2 Rossvale Rovers
  • Rossvale Rovers

Albion restored their two-goal cushion only 54 seconds into the second-half. Christopher Silvestro carried the ball from midfield and played a pass into Aaron Sweeney who took a touch and curled an effort in off the far post, once again, leaving the Rossvale keeper no chance.

The home side then scored their fifth on 63 minutes. Barclay did well to pick the ball up 30 yards from goal, he carried the ball past three defenders before calmly slotting the ball into the corner, sealing his hat-trick, which looked to have sealed the game for Albion.

But Rossvale fought back. In the 68th minute, they won a free-kick 25 yards out which Lewis Stewart took. His effort looked to be easy for McMillan, but the Albion keeper dropped the ball and Ben Hamilton was quickest to react as he poked the ball home.

Four minutes later the visitors scored again. A quick corner was taken to Ben Hamilton, who controlled the ball on the corner of the box and floated a cross to the back post for Kian Royle, who headed home from six yards out, continuing the fightback for Rossvale, who were now throwing everything at the Albion defence.

However, just two minutes later, again, Albion took another two-goal lead. Rossvale were passing the ball around the back but were caught out by the high pressing of Barclay who dispossessed Cameron McKay on the edge of his own area and Barclay took the ball into the box and smashed the ball past Mulholland to get his fourth goal of the game.

Albion rounded off the scoring in added time in stunning fashion. Harris Heath collected the ball 30 yards out and drove towards goal before unleashing an unstoppable effort which flew into the top corner, capping off a fantastic day for the home side.


  • Full Time:
  • Albion Rovers YFC
  • Albion Rovers YFC 7-4 Rossvale Rovers
  • Rossvale Rovers


Albion Rovers YFC
Rossvale Rovers
16. Alistair Mcmillan
3. Ryan Delahay
4. Joshua Lowe
5. Sean Holmes
6. Paul Mitchell
7. Luke Barclay
8. Neil Tobin
9. Liam Comiskey
10. Harris Heath
11. Aaron Sweeney
14. Aaron McCrone
15. Christopher Silvestro
17. Aidan McCarthy
21. Daniel Agnew
22. Declan Lochran
1. Aidan Mulholland
2. John Coyle
3. Kian Royle
4. Ben Hamilton
6. Cameron McKay
7. Reece Middleton
8. Michael Callan
10. Patrick McGroarty
11. Kyle Martin
12. David Andrews
13. Darrell Eadie
Star Player
Albion Rovers YFC
Rossvale Rovers
Luke Barclay - Excellent performance from the striker. Scored 4 goals, always a threat throughout the game.
Ben Hamilton - Worked hard for his team when they were both in and out of possession. Very good on the ball and played some nice passes.
Magic Moment
Albion Rovers YFC
Rossvale Rovers
Aaron Sweeney's goal in the first minute of the second half. A fantastic curling effort leaving the keeper no chance.
Lewis Stewart's free kick. From all of 30 yards out, Stewart produced an outstanding effort to give his side a chance in the tie.
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