HISTORY was made at the weekend as Kirkintilloch Rob Roy took on new junior side Rossvale FC – from Bishopbriggs.
Rob Roy................... 5
Surridge Sectional League Cup
AN indicator of how well Rossvale performed against their Super League opponents was perhaps reflected in manager Ian Gray’s disappointment after the match.
Certainly not with the manner of the performance or with any of his players – who excelled – but by the eventual scoreline that greatly flattered Rob Roy.
In the end – and as expected – Rob Roy’s experience, composure and ability triumphed.
But make no mistake, for considerable portions of this match Rossvale severely tested their East Dunbartonshire counterparts.
The Kirkintilloch side took the lead against the run of play after eight minutes when Chris Mackie struck a poacher’s finish from six yards, but Andy Collinge’s leveller on the half-hour mark after Andy Scanlon sprung the offside trap was very much deserved.
The only periods Rob Roy seemed to have any real assurance in the match were the seven-minute spell before half-time when Mick Fulton took advantage of a loose ball in the penalty area to fire home for 2-1 and then again when they were 4-2 ahead with 13 minutes left.
Fulton looked to have sealed it just before the hour mark when he ran onto Alan Lindsay’s expertly weighted pass to tuck home for 3-1, but Rossvale left-back John Bulloch’s fiercely-whipped cross was bulleted home with the forehead by Collinge just minutes later.
Rossvale played with real verve and passion in a youthful team which included five players aged 21 or under.
They tired in the final quarter though and Rob Roy secured the win with well-placed side-footed strikes from firstly Willie Easton and then David Gormley in injury time.
Rob Roy have players brimming with vast top-level junior or senior experience, but the squad is as thin as the latest Milan catwalk model and there is a noticeable lack of height in the team, particularly in the midfield area.
The Adamslie side’s substitute bench consisted of only three players on Saturday – two against Dunipace last Wednesday.
It will be very interesting to see how far each of these teams have progressed when the two meet this time next year in the League Cup.