From Barcelona to Bishopbriggs – Messi end to the season for Rossvale!

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THEY might ply their trade a world away from Rossvale FC, but Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba inadvertently helped to throw a spanner in the works for the Bishopbriggs team last week.

Rossvale were forced to play Maryhill last Tuesday night after junior fixtures were switched from the Wednesday to avoid the Champions League match between Chelsea and Barcelona.

Gaffer Ian Gray was left scrambling to get a team on the park as some of the players who work were unable to switch.

Maryhill won the game 3-1 – the third match in six days for Vale – all away from home.

Gray said: “They changed the fixtures to the Tuesday as they didn’t want the games to clash with the Champions League – Chelsea-Barcelona. The fixtures are really farcical.”

Despite problems including suspensions and long-term injuries, Rossvale managed to keep the score at 0-0.

However, just after half-time, a defender succumbed to an injury and Gray was forced into a shake-up.

That saw Maryhill net a trio of goals, with Chris Cadman nabbing the consolation for Rossvale.

Gray admitted: “Maryhill deserved to win the game. They’re going for promotion so it was game they had to win.”

This Saturday sees Rossvale play their final game of the season – the first for them as a junior side.

They will welcome Forth Wanderers to Petershill Park – kick-off at 2pm.

Gray said: “Forth are second top so they’re going for promotion as well. They really need to win.”

Again, Rossvale will be struggling to field a team, with Gray asking a couple of boys from Rossvale Amateurs to help the numbers.

It’s been a tough first season for Rossvale as a juniors team.

The club were only given confirmation that they had been allowed into the league in the middle of June.

Gray said: “The squad is far stronger now than it was at the start of the season.

“If we had taken the second half of the season and replicated it in the first half of the season, it would probably have been enough to get us up.

“Hopefully we will be able to re-sign everybody I want to keep and I’ve also got a number of boys I’ve targeted.”

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