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Rossvale hold on for battling cup win over Harmony Row

Rossvale 2

Smith 2' Morrison 20'

Harmony Row 1

McKeown 57'
  • Sunday, 07 June 2015
  • Toryglen Regional Football Centre
  • Under 13´s
  • Glasgow and District YFL Cup

 
Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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An early goal from captain Adam Smith helped Rossvale claim the Glasgow and District YFL U13s Cup in a hard fought encounter with Harmony Row. Despite being two goals up at half time, Rossvale had to hold on for dear life at the end as Harmony Row threw everything at them in a bid to capitalise on the lifeline given to them by Callum McKeown’s second half free kick, but the Rossvale defence held firm to win the cup.

In blustery conditions in the south side of Glasgow at Toryglen, Rossvale got off to the best possible start when Smith’s free kick from the right wing curled in at the near post for the opening goal after only two minutes. Harmony Row goalkeeper Shaun Robertson was not helped by his defence’s decision to not use a wall and Smith took advantage and went for goal rather than the expected cross.

Harmony reacted well to the early blow and put Rossvale keeper Josh Ashburn under pressure with a neat turn and volley from Sam Muir that he saved comfortably and then Ashburn showed his confidence in the air by coming out to collect Niall McClean’s free kick whilst under pressure in a busy box.

Ashburn was called on again to make a save after good play on the edge of the box started by Dylan Boyce who passed to Cameron King then on to Kai Cook who laid it back to Boyce who fired a shot at the goalkeeper. It was a good exchange of passes and Harmony looked comfortable on the ball and growing in confidence despite being behind.

A mix-up at the back for Harmony gave Rossvale an excellent chance to extend their lead however from an indirect free kick inside the penalty area. With the wall forced back to the six-yard line Smith rolled the ball to Levi McIntosh who shot over the bar.

McIntosh made up for the miss moments later when he set up Jack Morrison to score Rossvale’s second midway through the first half. It came from a long punt by Ashburn, possibly helped by the strong wind, that put the Harmony defence under pressure instantly. McIntosh worked hard to close down the defender and win possession before slipping it to Morrison who chipped the goalkeeper beautifully from 25 yards. Harmony had been looking the more likely to score and get back in the game but it was a killer counterattack from Rossvale. 

With the momentum back in their favour Rossvale came close to a third. Ryan Nielson’s free kick found McIntosh in the box but with the striker falling backwards as he collected it he could only manage to knock it across the box to Morrison who shot straight at Robertson.

Harmony were now looking for a way back into the game and Boyce set up Luke Butterfield for a long-range effort that was tipped wide by Ashburn with a fantastic diving save to his bottom right. He then caught the corner with ease as he continued to give a commanding display in the Rossvale goal.

It was not only Ashburn pulling off heroics in the Rossvale defence as after Cook attempted to capitalise on a slip at the back. He found left back Connel Coyle covering well for his teammate and putting in an important tackle to stop the attack.

Simon Miller was next to try for Harmony as he collected Butterfield’s cross ball on his knee before rifling a volley that dipped just over the crossbar. Miller was one of Harmony’s most potent attacking threats down the right wing and most of their play went through him as he skipped by players with ease.

The whistle went for half time with Rossvale in a commanding two-goal lead thanks to some clinical finishing and good goalkeeping, but Harmony certainly were not out of it yet.

  • Half Time:
  • Rossvale
  • 2-0
  • Harmony Row

Harmony looked to match Rossvale in the first half and get a goal early in the second to reignite the game as a contest. Miller’s cross ball after a good bursting run into the box went right across the face of the goal without a touch from any of the onrushing Harmony strikers.

It was a sign of things to come though as the second half was virtually one-way traffic. King was the next Harmony player to come close after a misplaced pass fell to him in the box but he shot straight at the goalkeeper. Miller then passed to Butterfield in the box but he was denied a clear goalscoring chance thanks to a last-ditch saving tackle by Adam Hasson. After Cook played Butterfield through on goal it was Hasson yet again with the tackle to prevent a goal as Harmony threw everything forward but the Rossvale defence held firm.

Excellent play by Miller on the right wing, knocking it by the defender and running by him with ease, allowed him time to put in a perfect cross for Boyce who could not get enough power on the header to beat Ashburn.

Harmony were knocking and knocking and eventually they got the goal their second half performance deserved.

McKeown’s free kick 25 yards out was lofted perfectly over Ashburn and into the far top corner. The keeper who had been excellent throughout had no chance and it was just about the only possible way to beat him.

With the game poised at 2-1 with 10 minutes to play, Harmony possibly thought they had spotted a weakness in the Rossvale defence and launched several more long-range free kicks at goal but none had the accuracy to match the first.

Rossvale were virtually camped in their own penalty box near the end as Harmony launched attack after attack but to no avail. They thought they had the equaliser from a corner, which momentarily sparked scenes of joy from the Harmony fans, but it was chopped off for a push in the box and the final whistle went moments later and gave Rossvale the victory.

They had to do it the hard way and were under attack for almost the entire second half but their defence held firm and did not let the first half lead slip away despite the pressure. It was a solid and mature performance from a well-organised Rossvale who were delighted to claim the cup.

For Harmony Row it was a case of what might have been, but it was an encouraging performance from a side that never lost heart and can count themselves very unlucky to be walking away without the victory.

  • Full Time:
  • Rossvale
  • 2-1
  • Harmony Row

Lineups

Rossvale
Harmony Row
1. Josh Ashburn
2. Sean Heaney
4. Kevin Walsh
5. Adam Hasson
6. Adam Smith
7. Declan McQueen
8. Ryan Nielson
9. Levi McIntosh
10. Owen Haggerty
11. Jack Morrison
12. Paul Flannagan
14. Grant Johnstone
16. Liam Wilson
17. Connor Carberry
20. Ross Johnstone
32. Shaun Robertson
2. Simon Miller
4. Callum McKeown
8. Kai Cook
9. Luke Butterfield
10. Sam Muir
11. Niall McClean
12. Cameron Lindsay
15. Dylan Boyce
16. Cameron King
17. Dylan Cameron
Star Player
Rossvale
Harmony Row
Josh Ashburn - Was calm, collected and confident in goal for Rossvale in the face of unrelenting pressure for the entire second half. He was helped by good defensice displays from those in front of him but made save after save to keep his side in the lead.
Simon Miller - Was a constant attacking threat down the right wing and he can consider himself very unlucky not to be on the winning side. He regularly beat his man and whipped balls into the box but unfortunately it just wasn't his day.
Magic Moment
Rossvale
Harmony Row
The opening goal coming in only the second minute of the match was a massive moment for Rossvale and for captain Adam Smith. His free kick deceived everyone and gave his team a lead that they managed to keep for the rest of the game.
Callum McKeown's goal gave Harmony Row a lifeline and it was a spectacular effort, sailing over the keeper's head from 25-yards out and into the top corner. It was unsaveable but unfortunately just wasn't enough to get his team back into the game.
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