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Rossvale blow away Carbrain to lift Central Region Cup

Carbrain BC 1


Rossvale Madrid 4

Mulgrew 10, Shalley 49, Royce 60, Buchanan 70
  • Saturday, 07 June 2014
  • Ochilview, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 13┬┤s
  • Central Region Cup - Final

David Chalmers | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Rossvale Madrid of Bishopbriggs were crowned Central Region Under 13 champions after a rousing 4­1 victory over Carbrain BC of Cumbernauld.
Vale attacked early with Thomas Callaghan crossing from the left to Declan Royle, who tried to find a finish from an acute angle. Carbrain attempted their own early attack with Zak Maher and Lee Whitmore breaking but their passing was interrupted by Rossvale's captain.
Carbrain's Whitmore appeared to be the main threat after skipping past a few Vale defenders with some fancy footwork and then linking up well with Declan McGarvey before the final pass was intercepted. His side went close when a corner was swung by a lovely left foot but the delivery was just an inch above everyone's heads in a moment that could have been the opener.
It wasn't long after, however that the opener came. A Rossvale attack down the right was halted and a free ­kick given. Jonathan Mulgrew stepped up to the plate and deliver a superb free ­kick from 25 yards with Carbrain goalkeeper Blair McClelland rooted to the spot in a goal that was reminiscent of Ronaldinho's free­kick against England in the 2002 World Cup.
Carbrain stepped it up and Maher did well to control the ball past a few defenders with close ball technique, but their eagerness almost saw them go two behind when Mulgrew arrived in the box to attempt a cross-­goal effort which the 'keeper tipped wide. Whitmore had a free ­kick from the left which was cleared off the line by a Vale defender.
The equaliser came after 21 minutes when McGarvey played Whitmore through the middle, and he turned his man before driving a superb effort into the bottom corner to leave the goalkeeper beaten. 1-­1 it became and Whitmore went for a similar effort just minutes after but this ttime the keeper was a match for his effort, which strayed more to the middle than the corner.
Thomas Andrews and Cameron Connor combined well to set up Whitmore, who chested Connor's cross before chipping his striker over the bar and holding his face in the hands. It would have been some goal had he finished it, but a difficult one to pull off.
The half ended with a smile on everyone's faces as a toddler ran onto the pitch, clearly eager to score the winner himself. Perhaps he'll follow in his brother's footsteps, who escorted his younger sibling off the park, and represent Rossvale in the future.
  • Half Time:
  • Carbrain BC
  • 1-1
  • Rossvale Madrid
Rossvale went to the other end and Declan Royle challenged a Carbrain back pass to McClelland before the ball fell to Mulgrew, who tried an effort with the 'keeper out of position. Defender Aidan McAllister cynically brought down Whitmore and a free-kick from 30 yards was awarded. The confident youngster went for goal but hit the wall before his rebounded effort went well high over the bar.
The Bishopbriggs outfit took the lead again when substitute Ryan Shalley slotted home after a delivery from the left found its way to him just eight yards out. His low-powered effort was nearly cleared off the line by Maher but the referee eventually gave the goal after consulting one of his assistants. 2-1 the score and Vale had their tails up.
Carbrain kept trying to force things quickly and looked like they had lost their heads, but McClelland produced a fine save to stop Mulgrew's effort from nicking in at the near post. Vale gave themselves a two-goal lead soon after however as two Carbrain defenders failed to deal with a pass and Royle nipped in ahead of both to slot home under McClelland's sliding body. 3-1.
Rossvale goalkeeper Andre Coyle had to be quick to prevent Declan McGarvey from nipping a goal back after going one-on-one, and the keeper did well to clear the ball to the half-way line.
Patrick Buchanan rubber-stamped the victory after Carbrain's defender failed to deal with his man, who delivered a ball into the box; Kyle Gold attempted a clearance but it was a swing and a miss leaving Buchanan clear to score past the goalkeeper.
To their credit, the Cumbernauld side kept fighting until the final whistle. Substitute Marc Hastie received a cross at the back post late on, but sliced his volley wide of goal cementing the notion that it just wasn't Carbrain's day.
  • Full Time:
  • Carbrain BC
  • 1-4
  • Rossvale Madrid


Carbrain BC
Rossvale Madrid
1. Blair McClelland
2. Kyle Gold
3. Allan Stevenson
4. Ryan Duffy
5. Kern Marks
6. Zak Maher
7. Declan McGarvey
8. Thomas Andrews
9. Kiegan McCrann
10. Lee Whitmore
11. Cameron Connor
12. Myles Wilson
16. Marc Hastie
1. Andrew Coyle
2. Louie Holland
3. Andrew Beattie
4. Aidan McAllister
5. Cameron Henry
6. Thomas Kennedy
7. Alan Orr
8. Kevin Lleshi
9. Declan Royle
10. Thomas Callaghan
11. Jonathan Mulgrew
12. Robbie Clarke
14. Ryan Shalley
15. Patrick Buchanan
16. Michael Murphy
Star Player
Carbrain BC
Rossvale Madrid
Lee Whitmore looked great for his side as captain, but his Roy of the Rovers style performance wasn't enough to prevent his side's defeat. Zak Maher gets an honourable mention for a very tidy first┬şhalf.
Jonathan Mulgrew opened the scoring with a superb effort and set the tone for his side's performance with an efficient attacking performance.
Magic Moment
Carbrain BC
Rossvale Madrid
Whitmore's driven strike had to be it for Carbrain with the side losing their heads after going down 2┬ş1. A strike fitting to win a match, but ended up being a mere consolation.
Patrick Buchanan's strike was just the icing on the cake in the dying moments and meant there was no room left for a comeback.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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