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Falkirk pip EK to cup glory with last gasp double

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EK Rolls Royce
Falkirk Athletic
U21 Only Sport League Cup - Final
Shettleston Juniors
Scottish Cup semi finalists EK Rolls Royce took on title challengers Falkirk Athletic in the final of the Only Sport League Cup - a competition for Division 2 sides in the West of Scotland 21's YFL. 

EK had endured three tough ties on their passage to the final. A 1-0 victory over Johnstone Burgh FCBC was followed by a penalty shoot out win over Kilsyth St Pats and lastly a 4-2 semi final won over Barrhead Arthurlie. East Kilbride FC, Pollok Juveniles and East End United had fell to Falkirk Athletic at the various stages, with Athletic scoring exactly five goals on every occasion.

The match kicked off and Falkirk struggled to get a foothold during the opening period. No breaks, no passages of play and no shots on goal. EK Rolls Royce were more comfortable on the ball and did have one chance but James Penman saved well. The South Lanarkshire side did also have three shots from distance but Penaman handled well.

Falkirk's best opportunity came courtesy of a trademark Jordan Gray long throw, which was headed just wide by Scott Blair.

Half Time: EK Rolls Royce 0-0 Falkirk Athletic

Athletic started the second half with more purpose about their play, forcing a number of dangerous set pieces which couldn't be capitalised upon. At the other end the Falkirk back four were dealing with any threats on goal well.

On 75 minutes the deadlock was finally broken. The EK winger got in behind, burst into the box and cut the ball back for James Cameron to score. This probably reflected the game as Falkirk were struggling to find any fluency or threaten in any way. It was a complete off day for the men from the Forth Valley.

Martin Russell did have a chance to equalise after a scramble in the box but his shot was blocked well. Falkirk started to force some pressure through free kicks, corners and throws but the equaliser could not be found. A goal behind, substitutions were made and bodies were thrown up front by Athletic.

On 87 minutes Falkirk substitute Kevin Clark found space in the box to ram home the equaliser from 16 yards, the ball flying into the top corner to make it 1-1. 

Within minutes, a remarkable turnaround was complete. Zander Miller's half volley seemed to take an eternity to cross the line, but it eventually went in to the jubilation of the Falkirk players and supporters.

Falkirk Athletic hung on to lift their first silverware of the season. It was rough on EK Rolls Royce, who would have fully deserved their win had they held on, but Athletic came up with the goods at the right time and will now set about trying to make it a league and cup double.

Full Time: EK Rolls Royce 1-2 Falkirk Athletic

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