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On fire Arsenal sweep past Rossvale in Scottish Cup

Arsenal BC 5

Davis 18, Moran 22 39, Clift 32, Clark 45

Rossvale BC 2

Clarke 51, Stokes 86
  • Saturday, 05 October 2013
  • John Paul Academy
  • Under 21´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup

Alisdair Morrison | YFS West Region Journalist

Arsenal BC powered through to the third round of the TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup after an impressive 5-2 victory over Rossvale BC. A derby atmosphere surrounded the match and this action-packed game had everything to reward those that turned out at John Paul Academy to take in this classic cup tie.
Arsenal got the game underway in conditions that couldn`t have been better, as an unseasonably sunny October afternoon provided a fittingly heated backdrop to the game.
The opening minutes were scrappy, as both teams sized each other up before Arsenal took the initiative when Kevin Moran played in Marc Rogers to force the first corner of the game, though the set piece came to nothing.
Arsenal showed their ambitions early on as Marcus Clark won a free-kick on the edge of the Rossvale box. Clark himself took the free-kick and forced the second corner of the game as the ball spun off the wall. 
Winger John Davis played a great ball into the box and Kevin Moran was unlucky not to score, heading just over the bar.
Rossvale got a corner of their own as Connor Clarke did well on the wing to deflect the ball off an Arsenal player and out. Dominic McCafferty whipped a nice ball into the area but a scramble in the box ended with the ball dribbling out for a goal kick.
Arsenal had a golden opportunity to go ahead after 13 minutes as Ross Clift was brought down in the Rossvale box by Mark Brown and the referee pointed to the spot. Marcus Clark stepped up and hit a good shot low to the keeper`s right but Ciaran McDade pulled off a fine save, tipping the ball just round the post. 
The deadlock didn`t last for long though, as Arsenal went ahead in the 18th minute. Paul McCamley saw a swirling shot from the left hit the far post but the danger wasn`t over for Rossvale as Jamie McGlinchey put the ball back into the danger area for John Davis to finish.
Davis was involved again for Arsenal as they doubled their lead a few minutes after taking it. Paul McCamley forced another corner and Davis delivered a great ball in for Kevin Moran to nod into the bottom left corner.
Rossvale gathered themselves and started to create a few chances of their own. Striker Connor Clarke did well to wiggle through the Arsenal defence and found Kevin Corr who produced a decent effort towards the bottom left corner. Keeper Shaun Boyle did well to hold the ball though.
Rossvale continued to press on to try and force a way back into the game. Glen Stokes laced a lovely ball through to the overlapping Robert Finnan, and he dug out a good shot to the keeper`s right. The ball fell to Connor Clarke after Boyle parried but Clarke couldn`t find the target and blasted the shot well over the bar.
After showing signs of promise, Rossvale were dealt a sucker punch as Arsenal went three up. John Davis was sent down the right wing and put a dangerous low ball across the six yard box, finding Ross Clift at the far post to bundle the ball over the line.
Arsenal strengthened their vice-like grip on the game soon after, taking a 4-0 lead through a corner from the right. 
Marcus Clarke delivered the ball into the danger area and `keeper Ciaran McDade attempted to punch the ball clear, only for it to fall to the feet of Kevin Moran who smashed the ball into the back of the net for his second and Arsenal`s fifth of the game.
The tense atmosphere boiled over in the 40th minute when Arsenal`s Jamie McGlinchey and Vale`s Thomas Robertson were involved in a scuffle, both earning a yellow for their troubles. Robertson was sent off a few minutes later after an incident in the box, and Rossvale saw their last hopes of a result disappearing.
Arsenal rounded off a mightily impressive first half by adding a fifth through Marcus Clark just before the break. Defender Gavin McNicol sent a long ball into the Rossvale box from his own half and found Clark, who fired the ball past McDade into the bottom left corner.
  • Half Time:
  • Arsenal BC
  • 5-0
  • Rossvale BC
A reshuffle was in order for Rossvale in the second half as the manager added an extra man and deployed a back 4 to stem the flow. Arsenal made a change of their own as Jamie McGlinchey was taken off for Cameron MacIntosh.
Ten-man Rossvale came out firing on all cylinders and Glen Stokes was unlucky not to a goal, volleying just wide of the top left corner after receiving a tidy ball in by Sean McCall.
However Rossvale got a goal back through a penalty early in the second half. Kevin Corr tried to find an angle towards goal in the box and was eventually bundled over by David Storrie who after receiving his second yellow card of the game was sent off for Arsenal.
Connor Clarke got a well deserved goal, powering the ball high into the top left corner and leaving Boyle helpless.
Rossvale showed great spirit in trying to somehow haul themselves back into the game and they won a free-kick through Sean McCall on the edge of the box. McCall himself took the resulting set-piece but couldn`t find the target with his shot flying just over the bar.
The game returned to being a scrappy affair for the best part of the second with both teams tiring slightly, having both had a man sent off.
Glen Stokes found himself getting plenty joy down the left channel, bombing up and down the park like an old fashioned wing-back and creating a few clear chances or Rossvale.
After giving their all in the first half, Arsenal found themselves happy to sit back and soak up the pressure from the comfort of a four goal lead.
Good interplay between Robert Finnan and Connor Clarke saw Rossvale go close again. Finnan played a ground pass into Clarke`s feet and the striker showed ample strength to hold the ball up, teeing it up for Finnan to whistle a shot just past the upright.
Stokes again found some space down the left channel and aimed a lovely ball towards Dale Matthews who did well to control before firing just wide.
Rossvale kept battering at the door and won a free-kick on the right, some 40 yards out. A curling delivery from Dominic McCafferty found Stokes at the back post but the header went well over.
At the other end, Arsenal sub Alexander White threaded a beautifully weighted pass through to Ross Clift and his shot found it`s way past `keeper Ciaran McDade only to be cleared off the line by McCafferty.
Rossvale were to claim another consolation goal in the last significant piece of action. when McCafferty took the corner and swept the ball to the far post where Glen Stokes was waiting to grab his much-deserved goal.
  • Full Time:
  • Arsenal BC
  • 5-2
  • Rossvale BC


Arsenal BC
Rossvale BC

1. Shaun Boyle
2. Jamie McGlinchey
3. Cameron MacIntosh
4. Kevin Moran
5. Gavin McNicol
6. Alexander White
7. Jamie Hishelwood
8. John Davis
9. Paul McCamley
10. John McBrearty
11. Ross Clift
12. David Storrie
14. David Smith
15. Marc Rogers
16. Marcus Clark
17. Tresor Bessombi

1. Ciaran McDade
2. Dominic McCafferty
3. Glen Stokes
4. Jack Clubb
5. Mark Brown
6. Sean McCall
7. Kevin Corr
8. Dale Matthews
9. Connor Clarke
10. Robert Finnan
11. Thomas Robertson
12. Martin Bell
14. Tommy McGuiness
15. David Leadbetter
16. Nicholas Gardener
17. Andrew Cunningham

Star Player
Arsenal BC
Rossvale BC
Kevin Moran controlled the first half and grabbed two goals from midfield, effectively cementing his team`s comfortable lead before coming off early in the second half.
Glen Stokes had a great afternoon running the channels, causing problems for the Arsenal defence and getting a well-deserved goal at the end.
Magic Moment
Arsenal BC
Rossvale BC
The entire first half can be considered Arsenal`s magic moment as they put the game beyond Rossvale before the break.
Although it only held off the tide for a little while, goalkeeper Ciaran McDade`s wonderful penalty save at 0-0 was a stand-out moment.
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