After a half-time break, Cleland came roaring out of the gates, putting the tie to bed in ten minutes with three goals. With Rossvale losing Walker after the break, Louie Mitchel Grimes, who had been one of their most creative players by that point, was shifted in to central defence, and they gradually lost control of the middle of the park.
Greg Taylor set up Phairs for his hat-trick as he blasted in to the top corner in the 44th minute. Phairs was on a delightful run down the wing only minutes later, hitting the post with his strike before Jack Moore slotted in the rebound. Phairs put his fourth goal of the day away with aplomb – a delightful curling strike from outside the box. Eight minutes of madness ended up putting the game beyond doubt for Rossvale Milan.
For brief periods of the game, Rossvale kept the ball on the ground and showed that they had players of quality, with midfielder Cameron McGregor in particular looking comfortable on the ball and sparking moments of good play from the hosts. Cleland were impressive at the back though, keeping themselves organised and stifling the space that the hosts could use.
Their defence was the bedrock of their strong performance, allowing them to keep control of the game and spark swift attacks down the flanks. An example of this came with their next goal, with the team winning possession back to send an attack down the left, setting Aidan Rooney with a simple finish for his second goal.
With just over ten minutes to play Rossvale United pulled a goal back from a corner, with Cian Cameron pulling the ball back from the far post for Grimes to tap in from close range – a goal he deserved, having put in a strong performance for his team.
However, this brief moment of joy for Rossvale was short lived, with Cleland substitute Lewis Allan scoring within seconds of the restart with an absurd chip from the flank. The winger could have scored another within seconds, after beating three defenders only to have his shot saved from the left.
Rossvale got their third with five minutes to go from another corner, with Kyle Simeone delivering a great ball in to the far post for no.7 Buchanan to head into the net.
Cleland had not had enough and still had time to take their score in to double figures, with Reece Watson winning and then converting a penalty in the final minutes for his team and breaking this websites goal tally.
In the end a confident win for Cleland, who were tight and well-organised at the back and stylish and clinical when going up front, and will be a team to fear in the final. Rossvale will undoubtedly be disappointed with the result, and will perhaps feel that if they managed to keep the ball on the ground just a bit more then the score might not have looked so comprehensive as it eventually turned out to be.