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Riverside see off Fallin challenge

Fallin Violet 1

Kelly 59

Riverside FC 2

Sharp 26, 54
  • Saturday, 14 June 2014
  • Recreation Park, Alloa
  • Under 17´s
  • Forth Valley FDA League Cup - Final

David Chalmers | YFS Central Region Journalist
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Fallin Violet
  • 0-1
  • Riverside FC
Fallin tried an attack early on with Scott Kelly attempting a cheeky flick past the goalkeeper but his effort wasn't to be. Stephen Collins screwed his shot wide moments after when he broke free on the left hand side of the box.
Despite Fallin's early second-half urgency, Riverside doubled their lead through the impressive Sharp when Alistair Orr appeared on the left wing after beating his man and keeping the ball in play, and he played his pass across the face of goal for his team-mate to slot it home.
A free-kick was awarded 25-yards out for Fallin and Scott Kelly took the honours. He ran up and placed an inch-perfect effort into the top right hand corner to the delight of the Fallin side, who were back in the game.
Nonetheless Riverside continued to be the better side and had the majority of the chances thereafter. Andrew Stewart had to be focused and he did well to keep the score down after a series of chances where Sharp continued to test him. Substitute Alessandro De Lucas should have added to the scoreline with some nice link-up play with fellow substitute Callum Parry but the referee called time on the final with Riverside the victors.
  • Full Time:
  • Fallin Violet
  • 1-2
  • Riverside FC


Fallin Violet
Riverside FC
1. Andrew Stewart
2. Brian Kirkwood
3. Jamie Howieston
4. Thomas Laurie
5. Innocent Maramba
7. Scott Kelly
8. Scott Robertson
9. Zander Ryan
10. Josh Bennett
11. Stephen Collins
12. Aaron McEwan
15. Liam Kelly
16. Lawrence Gilvear
17. Ryan Moore
1. Stuart Davidson
4. Gavin Anderson
6. Calum McMurdo
7. Andrew Innes
8. Daniel Szarvas
9. Alessandro De Luca
10. Tomi Ouhibi
11. Ross Weir
12. Alistair Orr
13. Craig Sharp
14. Blair Forbes
16. Callum Parry
17. Ryan Glynn
18. Craig Collier
Star Player
Fallin Violet
Riverside FC
Scott Kelly just gets the nod ahead of Andrew Stewart, with the outfield player netting a brilliant free-kick which he made it look effortless.
Craig Sharp was a constant hassle for the Fallin defence and opened the scoring superbly. He by far had the best performance on the pitch.
Magic Moment
Fallin Violet
Riverside FC
Kelly's free-kick was just one of those moments you could feel it was going to happen. As soon as he placed the ball and started his run up you could already hear the rustling of the net and the cheering of the crowd.
Sharp had to be, well, sharp to take advantage of Kirkwood's error and had the confidence to chip the keeper from the edge of the box. A nice way to open the scoring in any match I'll bet, less the final.
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