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.