It was an early kick off at the Excelsior stadium, where Albion Rovers came up against Antonine Black in a battle for the inspiresport Scottish Youth FA Cup. Rovers made their first national cup final bow, whereas Antonine boasted a wealth of experience at this age group - including victory over Tynecastle (the side which they saw off in this season's semi final) in 2011. Rovers were also victorious over Edinburgh opposition in the final four, blowing away Leith Athletic 6-0 in an impressive display.
The all Glasgow & District YFL final kicked off at a frantic pace. There were no nerves from Antonine as they got a dream start to the match when Andy Gavin headed the ball home in the opening ten minutes.
Rovers put on the pressure in an attempt to have a quick reaction to going a goal down. Anthony O’Kane whipped the ball into the box, it was headed to the edge of the area, it sat up nicely for Connor Shields to strike a volley, but he couldn’t keep it down.
The Rovers had a terrific chance to equalise, Daniel Johnston got the ball out wide right, cut inside onto his left foot let the shot fly, but it was just over the bar.
David Seagrave played a brilliant ball over the top of The Rovers’ defence for Daryl McMillan to head over the keeper and into the back of the net, doubling Antonine’s lead.
The Rovers grabbed one back 10 minutes before half time. A deflected shot fell to the feet of Anthony O’Kane on the penalty spot; he kept his composure and slotted it into the bottom corner.
Antonine thought they had set themselves up for a more relaxed second half when the ball was played out wide left, it was whipped in by Aaron Graham for Seagrave to flick into the far post but the linesman had his flag up and it was disallowed for offside.