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Cracker in Glasgow sees Rossvale BC leave it late to edge past Hampden BC

Hampden BC 2

Foster 5' Young 25'

Rossvale BC 3

Morrison 17' 50' McIntosh 68'
  • Sunday, 20 April 2014
  • Glasgow Green
  • Under 13´s
  • Glasgow and District YFL

Ameen Rabanni | YFS West Region Journalist
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A breath-taking top-of-the-table encounter at Glasgow Green saw Rossvale Boys Club edge out Hampden Boys Club 3-2 thanks to a dramatic late winner by Levi McIntosh in the Under 13's Glasgow and District Youth Football League.  
 
Both teams contributed to an excellent game that maintained a high tempo throughout with plenty of passion on display. 
 
Hampden started the brighter, taking the lead very early on in fine fashion when Shay O'Donnell surged forward on the left flank going past his marker, then fizzed the ball across goal which was side-footed home by Greg Foster.  
 
The home side took control, looking the more likely to find the next goal and went close when Jack Auld was one-on-one with Josh Ashburn but the goalkeeper made himself big and tipped the striker's effort wide. Another chance presented itself for Hampden moments later from a corner but again the finishing touch couldn't be applied. 
 
At the other end, Rossvale forward Jack Morrison showed some nice touches to link up with his team-mates, allowing his team to gain some possession and make their way up the pitch. On a couple of occasions the visitors tried to release the ball early to Morrison and midway through the first half it paid off when he was sent racing through on goal with only the keeper to beat and he coolly slotted the ball past Rio Gilmour.  
 
Hampden had the better of the first half with Auld in particular causing problems with his pace and movement. He created a chance for himself, making his way into the penalty area after a quality turn but again was denied by Ashburn who expertly palmed away his well-struck effort. Hampden continued to apply pressure and were rewarded with a goal from Lewis Young who tucked the ball into the far corner after a scramble in the box.  
 
Back came Rossvale though, determined to get back on level terms and they nearly did through Grant Johnstone who rounded Gilmour but as the attacker looked to slot the ball home, Gilmour made an excellent recovery to parry the ball away with one hand.  
 
Auld and Ashburn were the half's star performers and their personal duel continued with the former trying his luck from the edge of the box, the ball looked destined for the roof of the net but somehow Ashburn kept it out once more.
  • Half Time:
  • Hampden BC
  • 2-1
  • Rossvale BC
The start of the second half was more even and the game became a little scrappy. It still made for great entertainment to see plenty of energy with tackles flying in.  
 
Hampden almost took a two-goal lead though when O'Donnell let fly from distance but was very unlucky to see his attempt crash off the bar. Rossvale made some adjustments and wrestled back some control and looked more dangerous as they began to get a hold of the ball a lot more. They almost equalised from Owen Haggerty's long range strike which drifted off target but it was a sign of their intent to get forward more. 
 
They did find the leveller with an amazing goal by Morrison who chipped Gilmour from just inside the Hampden half; it was a fantastic and intelligent piece of play from the striker to spot the keeper off his line and execute it to perfection. 
 
It was the away side who were on top and creating chances; twice Hampden needed last ditch blocks to prevent shots from testing the keeper, one in particular from Maaz Malik stopped Hampden from losing a goal. Johnstone also went close with another shot from outside the box which didn't miss by much.  
 
As the game neared its conclusion, it was becoming clear that the next goal was going to be the winner and Hampden almost found it through O'Donnell's free-kick which was touched wide by the impressive Ashburn while Auld saw his attempt blocked after finding some space in the box.  
 
With just a couple of minutes remaining there was one last chance and it fell for Rossvale substitute Levi McIntosh who volleyed the ball into the bottom corner from a free-kick, showing excellent control and concentration, winning the game for his team.  
  • Full Time:
  • Hampden BC
  • 2-3
  • Rossvale BC

Lineups

Hampden BC
Rossvale BC
1. Rio Gilmour
2. Aaron Henderson
3. Shay O'Donnell
4. Justin Muir
5. Aedan Crumlish
6. Boab Archibald
7. Euan Gallacher
8. Mark Birrell
9. Jack Auld
10. Greg Foster
11. Lewis Young
14. Declan Harley
15. Maaz Malik
16. Robbie Trevett
17. James Anthony Murray
19. Niall Cannon
1. Josh Ashburn
2. Declan McQueen
3. Conner Coyle
4. Adam Hasson
5. Kevin Walsh
6. Paul Flannagan
7. Connor Carberry
8. Adam Smith
9. Jack Morrison
10. Owen Haggerty
11. Ryan Werson
12. Sean McLaughlan
14. Levi McIntosh
15. Sean Heaney
16. Liam Wilson
17. Grant Johnstone
Star Player
Hampden BC
Rossvale BC
Jack Auld - The striker was very sharp, particularly in the first half, he was Hampden's main source of danger and was unlucky not to score.
Josh Ashburn - The keeper kept his side in the game at 1-0 with a few tremendous saves and towards the end made another crucial stop to keep the score at 2-2 before Rossvale scored the winner.
Magic Moment
Hampden BC
Rossvale BC
Shay O'Donnell's strike from distance which hit the bar, it was worthy of a goal but couldn't quite sneak into the top corner.
Top class save by Ashburn from Auld when the striker was through on goal in the first half. The shot looked to be heading for the bottom corner but the keeper showed great reactions and agility to get down quickly and tip it wide.
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