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Harmony Row dominate final to lift PJ&DYFL League Cup

Rossvale FC 0

Harmony Row 3

MacKenzie 8, Freedman 41, McManus 85
  • Sunday, 28 May 2017
  • Parklea
  • Under 17´s
  • Paisley Johnstone & District YFL League Cup

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.

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

Rossvale started the second half by bringing the game to Harmony Row, with a fresh determination to leave their mark on the final. McLeod did well to find winger Sean Edwards on the right, but Edwards could only float his shot harmlessly past the far post after cutting inside.

Rossvale enjoyed more of the ball in the second half but Harmony almost put the game beyond them when striker Lewis Carey broke into the box and lobbed the ball over the onrushing Finney, but the ball didn’t have enough dip to land in the back of the net.

Craig Friel came close to pulling one back for Rossvale after Edwards broke down the right wing and squared a pass to Friel, but the striker’s effort was blocked by Boyle. The ball bounced around the box and eventually fell to Friel again, but to no avail as Boyle did well to save his second shot in quick succession.

Harmony Row kept pushing for a third goal to kill the game and were almost rewarded from a corner. Lennon struck a high ball from the left corner into the far post that was met with a decent header from Carey, whose attempt beat the goalkeeper but was then cleared behind for another corner.

With five minutes left on the clock right winger Daniel McManus then sealed the game with his team’s third and final goal. Harmony Row hit Rossvale on the counter when Gibson drove from the centre circle to the edge of the box and slid a neat pass through to Freedman for a one-on-one. Finney did well to parry Freedman’s effort, but McManus was waiting by the far post and poked the ball in calmly to seal the cup.

Towards the end of the match the Rossvale players looked tired and replacements were unavailable, with only two substitutes on the Rossvale bench. Shattered players kept taking pot-shots at goal but their efforts were in vain. The referee soon blew for full time and Harmony Row deservedly lifted the cup after a dominant performance.

  • Full Time:
  • Rossvale FC
  • 0-3
  • Harmony Row

Lineups

Rossvale FC
Harmony Row
1. Pierce Finney
2. Ryan Martin
3. Liam Johnson
4. John McCrae
6. Rob Fowler
7. Riess Blair
8. Robbie Brown
9. Craig Friel
10. Christopher McLeod
11. Sean Edwards
12. Adam Watson
14. Luke Traynor
15. Ronnie McCluskey
1. Matthew Boyle
2. James Thomson
3. Greg Murphy
4. Nathan Hewitt
5. Daniel O’Neill
6. Reece Johnston
7. Kenny Duffy
8. Ross MacKenzie
9. Lewis Carey
10. Rowan Gibson
11. Daniel McManus
14. Robbie Lennon
16. Charlie Freedman
17. Chrissy Drennan
19. Connor Gunn
20. Thomas Seagrave
Star Player
Rossvale FC
Harmony Row
Robbie Brown - Gave an assured second-half performance in midfield and was a threat with his set pieces throughout the game.
Reece Johnston – The centre back stopped nearly everything that came his way and his dominating performance kept the Rossvale attackers at bay.
Magic Moment
Rossvale FC
Harmony Row
Liam Johnson’s shot from distance in the first half was an excellent strike, and unlucky not to find the back of the net.
Matthew Boyle’s two saves in quick succession from Friel kept his team in the game at a time when it looked like Rossvale might reduce the lead to just one.
Club Views
Rossvale FC
Harmony Row
I think we just ran out of puff. We tried to play football, that's our normal game but we didn't have any subs and two walking wounded. In the heat, on a massive park against a good team. They've done really well this season but we can't change our game, we just want to play football.
Both teams showed their class. They're both strong teams and they both performed well in the league. We were luckier this year, we won the league. They won it last year so you've probably got the right teams playing in the cup final.
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