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Antonine beat Rovers in thriller to lift Scottish Cup

Albion Rovers 2

Gavin (2), McMillan (2)

Antonine Black 4

O'Kane, Shields

Fraser McLuggage | YFS Central Region Journalist
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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. 

An early goal in the second half gave Antonine the two goal cushion once again. A scramble in the goal line gave Andy Gavin a tap in at the far post. 
 
The Rovers’ keeper James Whyte had a scare when Aaron Graham rattled a shot from 40 yards, out but it was just wide of the post. 
 
Antonine killed the game off with what would be Daryl McMillan’s last contribution to the game. With his coach ready to substitute him, he dribbled along the 18 yard line before drilling a superbly placed shot into the bottom right corner.
 
Rovers were given a lifeline when Connor Shields floated the ball towards the back post and it eluded everybody to fly into the top corner, giving his side a fighting chance with twenty minutes to go.
 
The Antonine goalkeeper was called into action with a terrific double save, he saved the initial effort from Ryan McManus then the rebound from Shields. It proved to be the final chance for Albion Rovers as Antonine held on and secured a memorable Scottish Cup victory.
 
Congratulations to Antonine on continuing their fine tradition in this competition and commiserations to Albion Rovers who can be proud of their cup run and contributed to what was a thrilling final.

Lineups

Albion Rovers
Antonine Black
16. Colin Kilgour
12. Liam Dillon
1. James Whyte
9. Ryan McManus
6. Mitchell Robertson
14. Calvin Townsley
4. Ben Cappie
8. Jack Getty
19. Aaron Gray
5. Anthony McGlone
10. Anthony O'Kane
15. Aaron McGinlay
11. Connor Shields
3. Alexander More
7. Daniel Johnston
2. Dario Robertson
1. Paul McKenna
2. Euan Urquhart
3. Calum Campbell
4. Chris Dooley
8. Liam Deane
6. Aaron Graham
7. Ryan Forrester
9. Andrew Nixon
11. Daryl McMillan
14. Sam Gallagher
16. Scott Holmes
17. Darren McKinlay
19. Jamie Pollock
20. Andy Gavin
10. David Seagrave
18. Daniel Crawley
Star Player
Albion Rovers
Antonine Black
Connor Shields. He provided a lifeline for his teammates to keep pushing for a comeback for the last twenty minutes, which made the game entertaining right up until the final whistle. He looked dangerous when he had the ball in the final third.
Daryl McMillan. He scored goals and got an assist which helped his side win the Scottish cup. He made it difficult for the Albion Rovers' defence to track him as his movement was a different class. He was all over the pitch, and had the potential to play a killer pass.
Magic Moment
Albion Rovers
Antonine Black
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. It would have given the goalkeeper no chance of saving it if it had slightly more dip in the shot.
Paul McKenna was called into action with a terrific double save, he saved the initial effort from Ryan McManus then the rebound from Shields, which stopped Rovers from getting a third goal and kept the momentum in Antonine's favour.

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