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Clinical Rovers blow Campsie away in regional final

Albion Rovers BC 3

McIntosh 6, Cogan ­29, Neill ­46

Campsie Black Watch 0

  • Saturday, 07 June 2014
  • Ochilview, Stenhousemuir
  • Under 19´s
  • Central Region Cup - Final

David Chalmers | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Albion Rovers were the victors in Saturday's Central Region Under 19 final after blowing away Campsie Black Watch with an impressive display of teamwork and individual talent. 
Campsie almost opened the scoring when Cameron Donaldson had his header cleared off the line, but straight away Albion found themselves up the other end of the pitch and McIntosh scored with his knee to give his side a 1­0 lead. 
It took another 15 minutes before either side had a shot on goal with Rovers' David Banks getting on the end of Craig Grierson's free­kick, however goalkeeper Jamie Brown saved well to keep the deficit at one. 
Rovers doubled their lead through a dream goal when Banks held the ball up well before back­heeling it to Paul Cogan who glided past several Campsie defenders before shooting across goal into the far right corner to make it 2­0 and give Albion a safety net.
The game got a bit heated with both sides going in for challenges, but the remainder of the first half saw little in the way of clear­cut chances with just half­chances seeing Albion's Grierson's tame effort saved well and Campsie's Oliver Meggan slicing an effort before being blown offside.
  • Half Time:
  • Albion Rovers BC
  • 2-0
  • Campsie Black Watch
Albion Rovers again came firing quickly out of the blocks as just a minute into the second­half full­back Leighton Neill fired high into the corner from just inside the box to make it three and out.
From then on it was all Rovers as Grierson jinked his way past several defenders but took a touch too many before managing to lay it off to Banks, who found Neill but his effort failed to match the accuracy of his previous strike. Jamie Newton attempted a drive of his own but his powerful effort seen itself just wide of the keeper's post.
Grierson was again right in the mix as he picked up the ball in the hole before playing a through ball to Banks. He returned the favour and the former should have hit it first time but instead took a touch too many before the move pittered out.
That would be it for the winners as their confident and composed performance saw a fairly routine win. One wonders how the final would have played out had Campsie scored with that early chance, but Albion Rovers are 2014's Under 19 Central Region Cup champions.
  • Full Time:
  • Albion Rovers BC
  • 3-0
  • Campsie Black Watch


Albion Rovers BC
Campsie Black Watch
1. Jamie McAllister
2. Leighton Neill
3. Stuart Conway
4. Liam Hastie
5. Andrew Shaw
6. Mark McIntosh
7. Paul Cogan
8. Jamie Newton
9. Conor McCormick
10. David Banks
11. Craig Grierson
12. Daniel McCloughey
14. David Meechan
15. Scott McCallum
16. Jamie Rooney
17. Conor Stewart
1. Jamie Brown
2. Jordan Wightman
3. Lee McPherson
4. Rory Holmes
5. Marc Brodie 6. Connor Neilson
7. Connor Nicol
8. Cameron Donaldson
9. Oliver Meggin
10. Neil McConnochie
11. Matthew Mannison
12. Grant McKean
Star Player
Albion Rovers BC
Campsie Black Watch
Craig Grierson has to take the praise as his performance as playmaker was superb. Never looked like rushing anything, knew where to be, when to play the ball and what kind of ball. A great performance.
Goalkeeper Jamie Brown might have been beaten three times, but it could have been much worse had he not been on hand in several other moments.
Magic Moment
Albion Rovers BC
Campsie Black Watch
It had to be Rovers' second goal after Banks nonchalantly back­heeled for Paul Cogan to run onto and score with his left foot. Brilliant link­ up play.
Cameron Donaldson's early powerful header was so nearly the opening goal which could have changed the outcome of the match.
Club Views
Albion Rovers BC
Campsie Black Watch
Interview to follow.
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