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Jerviston advance to final after comfortable win over AC Rovers

Jerviston FC 3

Mooney 44, Battersby 47, Ferrie 62

AC Rovers 0

  • Saturday, 06 October 2018
  • King George V Park
  • Under 15´s
  • CSFA B League Cup Semi-final

Jerviston faced AC Rovers in this League Cup semi-final, played at King George V Park in Wishaw.

Both teams were desperate for a fast start as this was a great opportunity to reach a cup final so early in the season, however the initial stages consisted of both trying to adapt to the pitch and conditions, with a few slipping and sliding on the surface.

Jerviston started off the better and could have had several chances at goal had it not been for a great interception by the AC Rovers defence and a close offside call. 

Jack Cairns had the first good chance of the match for AC, when the ball sat up invitingly for him but his volley went just wide with Dominic Leary helpless.

This chance sparked AC Rovers into life and they began to pass the ball about well, with their captain Connor Moir in particular impressing with his dribbling and passing ability. 

Tony Mullen had the best chance of the first half for Jerviston and it was a brilliant opportunity to take the lead, but a great last ditch tackle from Isaac McCulloch saved his team. 

Both sides continued to struggle to create clear cut chances in what was proving to be a tight semi-final match.

  • Half Time:
  • Jerviston FC
  • 0-0
  • AC Rovers

The second half began in a similar pattern to the first with both teams desperate to create chances but both were lacking a cutting edge. 

The opening goal therefore almost summed up the pattern of the game as it required a huge slice of luck for Jerviston to take the lead early in the second half. The ball broke to Pearce Mooney just outside the box and his effort deflected and bounced just as Alexander McLenaghan attempted to grab it, and it spun agonisingly over the line to give his side the lead.

Much like buses, once one came, a second wasn't far behind and this time Mooney turned provider as a mix up in the AC Rovers defence allowed him to simply slide it across for Sean Battersby, who had the easy task of rolling the ball into an empty net to give Jerviston a huge advantage.

Rovers responded well to the double setback but they just couldn’t get past a stubborn Jerviston defence who were defending well as a unit.

Mullen had a great chance to finish the game off with 20 minutes remaining after his good pressing forced a mistake and it seemed like he would surely score but somehow the AC goalkeeper recovered to keep his team in it. 

Josh Ferrie, who had impressed throughout the game out wide, wrapped the game up once and for all for his side and secured their place in the final with a brilliantly struck free-kick that left the keeper stranded.

AC Rovers continued to battle to their credit to the very end to at least score a consolation and Jack Cairns believed he had scored but the referee disagreed saying that ball hadn’t crossed the line, which ultimately summed up their day. 

It was Jerviston who deservedly advanced to the League Cup final and they will fancy their chances against whoever they come up against in the final.

  • Full Time:
  • Jerviston FC
  • 3-0
  • AC Rovers


Jerviston FC
AC Rovers
1. Dominic Leary 2. Josh Connelly 3. Liam Battersby 5. Mark Fitzpatrick 6. Niall Burke 7. Josh Ferrie 8. Pearce Mooney 9. Liam Knox 10. Jay McKiddie 11. Sean Battersby 14. Dillon Bell 16. Dylan McClune 17. Robbie Tollan 19. Tony Mullen
2. Kyle Agnew 3. Kai Russell 4. Jack Cairns 5. Aiden White 6. Isaac McCulloch 7. Stephen Coyle 8. Charlie Weallans 10. Connor Moir 16. Jack Gillooly 17. Ross Crawford 18. Ben Darwin 19. Shay McKenna 22. Adam Dalziel
Star Player
Jerviston FC
AC Rovers
The star player for Jerviston on the day was Pearce Mooney, simply because he changed the course of the game inside three minutes in the second half. His first goal was slightly fortuitous but he also kept his composer for his sides second goal as he laid it on a plate for Sean Battersby to double the lead.
AC Rover's star player was their captain, Connor Moir, who was a stand out for his team throughout the game. He showed good composure in midfield and his passing and dribbling ability was evident.
Magic Moment
Jerviston FC
AC Rovers
The magic moment for Jerviston came from Josh Ferrie, who was impressive on the day and capped off a good performance with a brilliant free-kick into the top corner from almost 25 yards out.
The magic moment for AC Rovers, on a tough day for the team, came from their defender Isaac McCulloch who made a fantastic block in the first half to deny Tony Mullen from scoring.
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