Harmony Row sealed a league and league cup double by overcoming Rossvale in a one-sided final. A minute’s silence was held before the game to acknowledge the events in Manchester earlier this week.
Harmony Row got proceedings under way, kicking off on a sunny Sunday morning. Harmony Row would go on to dominate the opening exchanges and the first attempt on goal fell to their attacker Thomas Seagrave.
A few minutes into the game Seagrave collected the ball just outside the box and fired a shot narrowly wide of the left side of the goal.
Rowan Gibson then went close for Harmony, bursting down the left wing and driving into the box, but tapped a tame effort wide of the near post.
Harmony then got the goal that their opening display merited. Rossvale right back Ryan Martin headed a cross-field ball away from goal, only for the ball to land at the feet of Harmony’s Ross MacKenzie at the edge of the box. MacKenzie did well to beat two defenders before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.
MacKenzie came close to adding to his tally just two minutes later, glancing Robbie Lennon’s corner just over the bar from around eight yards out.
The game’s next chance fell to Seagrave after a lovely chipped through ball from Reece Johnston. The forward broke into the box and fired a first-time strike at goal but couldn’t keep his shot down.
Rossvale struggled to break down the Harmony Row defence and eventually created an opening after 25 minutes. Left back Liam Johnson received the ball 30 yards from goal and fired a high shot towards the Harmony goal, but goalkeeper Matthew Boyle was able to catch the ball and held it well.
The Rossvale defence struggled to deal with Harmony Row’s long balls throughout the first half and Gibson went close to getting his team’s second after a good ball forward from Charlie Freedman. Freedman fired the ball to the far post from near the halfway line and Gibson tapped the ball just wide of the left post.
Rossvale’s best chance of the first half fell to Riess Blair when the ball fell at his feet following Christopher McLeod’s corner. The ball fell to Blair at the edge of the box but he fizzed a right-footed shot wide of the left post.
Harmony Row then grabbed a second goal shortly before half-time. Seagrave broke into the box, slid a clever pass through to Gibson on the left, who then knocked the ball back for Freedman who was unmarked around twelve yards from goal. The forward then fired a high left foot shot into the top right corner.