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Rossvale march past Leith to reach Airdrie final

Rossvale Thistle 2

King 17, Flanagany 34

Leith Athletic 1

McBride 22
  • Friday, 17 April 2015
  • Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir.
  • Under 17´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Semi Final

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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This match had all the hall marks of a great game in the making, with two good sides that had scored a bundle of goals on their march to this cup semi-final at Ochilview Park. Rossvale Thistle ended up winners by a slender 2-1 score line, in what was a hard fought contest between two contrasting styles, Thistle’s quick counter attacking, which at times was against the run of play, ultimately proving to be the most successful on the night, and that of Leith Athletic which favoured building from the back with plenty of slick passing movements.
Leith won a corner early on that led to their first half chance, Archibald’s corner was hit high and to the far post, Laverty failed to connect with his head by mere  inches and Leith missed a golden opportunity to take an early lead. Leith were passing the ball about quite nicely at this stage, when on the ninth minute Archibald had a free kick thirty yards from the Rossvale goal, Thistle keeper Milne comfortably stopped the shot.
After about seventeen minutes of the match had been played, Rossvale Thistle looked to be way out of their depth against Leith, that was about to change when out of nowhere they managed to conjure up a fantastic goal that put them one up against the run of play. A dangerous long ball was played out of the Thistle half and up towards the Leith box, King managed to beat the Leith defender to the ball and casually struck his shot from the edge of the penalty area, over the keeper and in to the top corner of the net, many an EPL striker would have been proud to have this one on their CV. Minutes later the match was even when Davis struck a corner towards the far post, McBride connected and hammered into the back of the net with his head.
Immediately from the re start, Rossvale were on the attack when Martin won the ball in a challenge with the Laverty inside the Leith half, passing out to King on the wing who then ran in on goal but couldn’t manage to get past the Leith defence, he then held off a challenge and guided the ball towards Flanagany who struck from twenty yards, the shot whistled over the crossbar and he took a hard knock in the process. Leith then had a decent attempt when from a short corner the ball was played to Sheilds who passed to McBride ten yards from the goal line, the resulting shot was kept low and inched past the near post.
The match winner came on the thirty fourth minute of play, Flanagany and King, both of whom had been proving to be a handful for the Leith defence, combined well by passing to each other inside the penalty area, for the onlookers, it looked as if neither were willing to take the shot on goal, Flanagany made the decision and slipped the ball to the right of the keeper, leaving him with no chance of making the save. Leith had a go from the kick off and headed towards the ‘Vale goal, Reekie passed to McBride who then drilled the ball millimetres to the wrong side of the post.
  • Half Time:
  • Rossvale Thistle
  • 2-1
  • Leith Athletic
Rossvale’s Paul King started the second half strongly when he almost scored from a corner kick, the ball was swung in with speed towards the goal, Leith keeper Aaron King managed to get his hands to the ball but fumbled the ball onto the crossbar, King recovered however and safely brought the ball under control whilst under pressure. Both King’s were involved once again when Paul King struck another dangerous ball in towards the Leith six yard box, King the keeper punched the ball out, unfortunately it fell towards Flanagany who then brought it under control and shot low past the far post from eighteen yards.
Leith began to control the match for a good twenty minute spell with their passing game that was pleasing to the eye, but they didn’t manage to trouble the Rossvale Thistle defence in front of goal until late on in the match. Davis and Archibald combined nicely in front of the Rossvale penalty area before setting up McBride for a shot from thirty yard out, going narrowly wide of the post.
Reekie almost levelled from inside the Thistle box, he managed to keep his shot low and powerful but Milne managed to get down and make a wonderful save. The match wasn’t quite done and well into injury time when King shot on the Leith goal and his namesake in goal saved, the rebound came out to Dunsmore, his thirty yard strike was cleared from the line by a Leith defender, keeping the final score at 2-1.
As well as their league title hopes, Rossvale Thistle now have the chance to take some silverware if they can manage a victory against Lewis United Youth when they face each other at the Excelsior Stadium in May, whilst Leith Athletic have a League Cup tie away to Hutchison Vale to take their minds off of this defeat, hopefully they can take some comfort from the fact that they played some great football.
  • Full Time:
  • Rossvale Thistle
  • 2-1
  • Leith Athletic


Rossvale Thistle
Leith Athletic
1. G Milne GK
2. D Crawley
3. G Kalukenda
4. K Craven
5. A Dunsmore
6. K Allison
7. J Crumlish
8. R Flanagany
9. A Martin
10. P King
11. C Cassidy
12. L Lomboto
14. R Dunn
15. J Law
16. B Nicklin
17. J P Cuddihy
1. A King GK
11. J Chapman
2. R Aitchison
10. H Davis
17. M McBride
8. C Reekie
16. J McManus
4. S Laverty
12. B Archibald
14. C Sheilds
7. S McLaren
3. A Simpson
5. N Kane
6. J Burt
9. C Sandison
21. M McIntosh
Star Player
Rossvale Thistle
Leith Athletic
Paul King and Ryan Flanagany both had a good match, Paul King's stunning goal edges him for star player.
Coll Reekie. Great midfield performance, good range of accurate passing, comfortable on the ball and at ease under pressure.
Magic Moment
Rossvale Thistle
Leith Athletic
Paul King's first half goal.
McBride's goal was the best moment for the team but mention should be given to the excellent team display by Leith.
Club Views
Rossvale Thistle
Leith Athletic
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