Riverside FC were crowned Under 17 Forth Valley FDA League Cup champions after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Fallin Violet. A brace from Craig Sharp was enough after Fallin failed to add to Scott Kelly's free-kick.
Riverside started well with Ryan Glynn testing Fallin goalkeeper Andrew Stewart with a well-driven low effort which Stewart palmed strongly out. They again went close when Craig Sharp took the ball past Stewart but held onto it too long and seen his open goal chance quickly blocked by the arriving Fallin defenders, and his late effort was off-balance and went wide.
Fallin nearly took the lead when Zander Ryan went one-on-one with Riverside goalkeeper Stuart Davidson who challenged the striker. He fell under the challenge and ended up hurting himself immensely. The match took a long stoppage as the medical staff took a long hard look at the injury and called an ambulance to take the player to hospital. It is not known yet to YFS what kind of injury was sustained in the challenge and it would be irresponsible to speculate on the matter. We wish Zander a speedy recovery no matter the severity of injury.
The match was restarted and Fallin took their corner before Riverside flew up the other end with Sharp capitalising on a defensive error. Brian Kirkwood failed to clear the overhead pass which allowed Sharp to control the ball and run in from 40 yards on goal before confidently chipping the 'keeper from the edge of the area to make it 1-0.
Riverside's Ross Weir played in Glynn with a good through ball before the latter crossed into the box but the goalkeeper blocked a Riverside player's effort. Fallin's Scott Robertson set up Scott Kelly with a nice overhead through ball but Riverside's Stuart Davidson was quick off the mark.
Fallin's Ryan Moore produced an interesting back-heeled clearance after another Riverside attack before mounting a counter of their own. Stephen Collins was on the end of a knock down and rifled an effort which was superbly blocked by Andrew Innes. The last attack of the half came as Ryan Moore tested Riverside's resolve with a well-hit left-footed free kick but the sides went into the break with Riverside in front.