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Callaghan brace helps Rossvale United to league cup glory

North Kelvin United 1

Santos 56'

Rossvale United 3

Callaghan 34' 47' Napier 50'
  • Sunday, 14 December 2014
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 14´s
  • Central Scotland (B) League Cup Final

Euan Strathearn | YFS Central Region Journalist
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Rossvale lifted the league cup after a very entertaining game resulted in a 3-1 victory against North Kelvin. North Kelvin started brightly spurning a few early chances; but it wasn’t long before Rossvale began to impose themselves on the game and ran into the break one goal to the good courtesy of a Thomas Callaghan finish on the stroke of half-time.
Callaghan grabbed his second of the match, doubling Rossvales advantage before Lewis Napier added a third from a free-kick. North Kelvin pulled one back though when Djalma Santos was brought down in the box, converting the penalty to give the blues hope. The task was too big though for Kelvin and the game finished 3-1 with Rossvale deservedly lifting the trophy.
The game got off to a ferocious start with North Kelvin's Santos produced a fine piece of skill before threading through Evan Hunter who raced through on goal, only to be denied by an incredible save from Blair McLelland.
The team in blue continued their spell of early pressure with Hunter working the channels and using his pace to unsettle the Rossvale defence at every opportunity.
The game was very much going in Kelvin’s favour and it wasn’t until fifteen minutes before Rossvale began to edge into the game. Michael Murphy played an excellent through ball for Lewis Napier who narrowly slid the ball past the post.
Rossvale had the wind in their sails now at a blustery Ochilview Park as Dylan Black found the ball at his feet ten yards from goal and his vicious was shot blocked by a brave header from Kyle MacFarlane.
North Kelvin were not phased by the pressure and had their best chance of the half with the ball landing at Hunter's feet from a powerful goal-kick. On the edge of the box he was denied the opportunity to pull the trigger as Johnathon Mulgrew intervened with a superbly timed sliding tackle.
The team in blue responded quickly and their pressure paid off when on the stroke of half time Ryan Harrison fed a sublime ball through for Callaghan who slid the ball past the helpless El-Saigh, giving his team a crucial lead going into half-time.
  • Half Time:
  • North Kelvin United
  • 0-1
  • Rossvale United
The second half started at break-neck pace with the game going end to end in the first five minutes. North Kelvin went close twice with Fareed Sadiq before Rossvale’s Mulgrew narrowly missed the chance to double his teams lead with a thirty yard effort.
Just as the sun began to break through the clouds at Ochilview, Rossvale managed to pierce through the North Kelvin defence. Kevin Lleshi chipped an exquisite ball through for Callaghan who from 18 yards fired home his second to double his teams lead.
North Kelvin were struggling to match the tempo of the team in blue and it was only three minutes later when Vale trebled their first half advantage from a 25 yard Napier free kick.
The game began to become a midfield battle with Kelvin showing that they weren’t willing to give up the cup easily.
Their fighting spirit was rewarded when Santos was brought down in the box by a trailing leg. He stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot handing his team a possible reprieve with fifteen minutes to go.
North Kelvin pushed to get themselves back into the game but Rossvale held on to deservedly lift the trophy.
  • Full Time:
  • North Kelvin United
  • 1-3
  • Rossvale United


North Kelvin United
Rossvale United
1. Aaron El-Saigh
2. John Toland
3. Ian McLetchie
4. Kyle MacFarlane
5. Rui Goodwin
6. Josh Wright
7. Fareed Sadiq
8. Djalma Santos
9. Evan Hunter
10. Keiran Marshall
11. Kyle Sloss
12. Scott Smith
13.Joseph Mitchell
14.Inam Choudhry
15.Jack Murphy
1. Blair McLelland
2. Liam Alexander
3. Sean Heaney
4. Max Bogner
5. Daniel Heaney
6. Louie Holland
7. Kevin Lleshi
9. Michael Murphy
10. Thomas Callaghan
11. Dylan Black
12. Adam Smith
14. Ryan Harrison
15. Jack Dyer
16. Lewis Napier
17. Johnathon Mulgrew
Star Player
North Kelvin United
Rossvale United
Djalma Santos - Handed the MOTM award at the end of the game and was very unlucky to be on the losing side. His pace and trickery aswell as his ability on the ball made him a stand out player. Managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a cool finish from penalty spot
Thomas Callaghan – Was a threat throughout the game and grabbed two goals which sealed the victory for his team.
Magic Moment
North Kelvin United
Rossvale United
When Djalma Santos brought it back to 3-1, it gave his team a lift and was a well-deserved goal for a player who showed his quality throughout the game
Thomas Callaghan's second goal from the edge of the box. Gave his team an important two goal cushion and spurred them on to lift the trophy
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