Forth 1 Rossvale 2
Forth lost 2-1 to Rossvale at Kingshill Park yesterday. A Yamikani Misanjo penalty gave the Wanderers a deserved half time lead but two second half goals from the visitors saw the points heading back to Bishopbriggs.
Forth began brightly, determined to take the game to the visitors, and after 6 minutes the lively Yamikani Misanjo broke towards the visitors goal but his final shot was easily held by ‘Vale keeper Scott Sommerville. Rossvale countered with a good cross from the right but this was well blocked by Ian Mathers and soon after they spurned a great opportunity to take the lead with 10 minutes on the clock. A Graeme Dempsey free kick from the right was flighted into the Forth box and Dylan Dastey found himself with a free header, but the striker couldn’t find the target and headed over.
The Wanderers were attempting to pass the ball at every opportunity and good interplay between Misanjo and Allan Stevenson nearly sent the striker clear but the through ball was just too heavy and Sommerville gathered. A Paul Cawley corner was then only cleared are far as Chris McGroarty on the edge of the Rossvale box but his sweetly struck volley sailed narrowly over. Another Cawley corner on 28 minutes was not dealt with by the ‘Vale defence and Craig Crawford was brought down by Andrew Scanlan in the box and a penalty awarded. Misanjo stepped up and, despite seeming to slip as he struck the kick, dispatched the ball into Sommerville’s bottom right hand corner. Forth were decent value for their lead at this point although Rossvale certainly weren’t out of it and constantly looked threatening on the break. Indeed, Dastey went close with a neat turn and shot which went narrowly over before Glenn Weir in the forth goal managed to block an Andrew Moore shot which slipped by for a corner. The final chance of the half fell to Forth’s Misanjo who picked the ball up just inside the Rossvale half and embarked on a powerful run towards goal, holding off several defenders, but his final shot was weak and easily held by Sommerville.
Rossvale began the second half strongly and Weir was called into action soon after the restart to hold a Jordan Danks shot. The visitors also forced a couple of early corners as they strove to get back into the game and a powerful Andrew Moore shot flew just over as they began to dominate. Their pressure paid off on 62 minutes when Dastey was on hand to meet a cross from the right and drill the ball low into the net for the equaliser. Ian Mathers was then booked for a hefty challenge which saw Scanlan requiring treatment and only an excellent save from Weir and then the crossbar stopped the visitors from going ahead. The game was getting rather feisty now and Rossvale had two players booked for dissent in quick succession as tempers flared. At the other end, good work from Misanjo saw his hot blocked and cleared for a corner. The second goal Rossvale goal was only temporarily delayed however and it arrived on 78 minutes. Moore initially forced an excellent save from Weir but the Forth defence failed to clear the ball and it was played back in from the right to Moore who blasted home.
Forth had by this point deployed all three substitutes as they sought an equaliser, and a fine through ball from Jamie McKenzie sent Misanjo scampering in on goal but the striker’s shot across the goalkeeper strayed wide of the post. The Wanderers forced a couple of late corners but despite one stramash in the box, they couldn’t find a final touch which would bring a leveller and the game ended with Rossvale victorious.
Next up are Royal Albert who will undoubtedly be on a high after a 5-0 victory against Newmains and will know that a victory will see them leapfrog the Wanderers in the table.
Further photos of the match can be found here.
‘Mon The Forth
Forth team : Weir,Grant,Harty,Mathers(McKenzie),Canning,Stevenson,Traynor(Trialist),McGroarty,Crawford,