The weekend’s P&JYFL Cup finals were off to a flyer as Barrhead YFC 2003s lifted the trophy in style at Parklea. It was a deserved victory in the end, but Division Two Champions Rossvale made this a game right up until the closing stages, with two sensational second half strikes.
It was a match won in the midfield, where Barrhead took a firm grip after falling behind to an early stunner from Leeroy Shannon. It seemed to focus minds and before long Barrhead were playing a lot of the game in the Rossvale half, pushing their opponents deeper and forcing mistakes.
The opener came from a great strike from Shannon on the edge of the box on 16 minutes. Rossvale started brightly and hoped to sit in and protect their lead.
Through Lewis Hobbs and Aiden Green though Barrhead began to dictate the tempo, Green and Joshua Groden having shots saved by Gabriel Ommer after good build ups through the middle. It seemed only a question of time before Barrhead would find a way through, and sure enough in a quick-fire two-minute spell they had turned the match on its head before half time.
The danger came through the middle again, with Rossvale stretched to pick up runners as Ethan Furze found space to shoot from close range. This time Ommer could only parry out to a grateful Vincent Scott who dispatched for the leveller.
And there was to no let up before half time, with Rossvale perhaps hanging on for the referee’s respite. Right on the whistle though Barrhead won a spot kick after Furze was tripped in the box, and up stepped Hobbs to fire his side in front at the break.