Rossvale 0 Forth 3
Forth overcame a robust Rossvale side by 3 goals to nil at New Petershill Park this afternoon. The Wanderers goalscorers were Tony Traynor,Chris Lennon and Andrew Gilchrist.
Forth have made a habit of scoring early this season and today was no exception, the Kingshill Park men taking the lead after only 7 minutes. Chris McGroarty fed Marc Howson whose teasing cross was met by the head of Andrew Gilchrist and although the home keeper managed to effect a block, the ball fell to Tony Traynor and he drilled the ball home. It was almost two minutes later when David Grant met a clever Traynor free kick, but the defender rolled his shot agonisingly wide. In response Rossvale rattled the top of the Forth crossbar after 10 minutes but their reliance on the long ball was causing the Forth defence few problems.
The home side had signalled their intentions with a scything tackle on Chris McGroarty within the first minute and this was to be a feature throughout the match as they struggled to combat some slick passing football from the Wanderers.
Forth, playing into the wind, were dominating the match at this stage and after Chris Lennon shot wide, a McGroarty shot was deflected into the keeper’s arms. Another Wanderers goal was looking likely and it duly arrived on 23 minutes. A McGroarty free kick was eventually worked out to Tony Traynor on the left and his pinpoint cross was volleyed home by Chris Lennon at the back post. Forth almost increased their lead on 34 minutes, but McGroarty’s dipping volley sailed narrowly over and Lennon also fired over just prior to half-time as the Wanderers finished the half strongly.
The second half began with Gilchrist shooting wide for the Wanderers but as the half progressed Rossvale began to gain a foothold and JC Hutchison in the Forth goal had to pull off a double save on 53 minutes before the ‘Vale centre forward fired over from a good position. At the other end, Traynor shot narrowly over for Forth before Gilchrist came even closer, his speculative lob landing on the top of the net with the keeper struggling. Chris Lennon then embarked on a surging run, his pace leaving the home defenders in his wake but his final shot was straight at the keeper.
Rossvale were more of an attacking threat in this half and Hutchison was again called into action on 65 minutes, saving comfortably. However, any chance of a comeback died in the 77th minute when their centre half received his marching orders for a second yellow card. Forth almost immediately made their numerical advantage count but Jordan Smith headed the free kick narrowly wide. Undaunted, the Wanderers made it 3-0 on 80 minutes when a perfectly weighted through ball from substitute Yamikani Misanjo found Andrew Gilchrist in the clear and the striker coolly slotted home the third.
It could have been more for the Wanderers but Traynor inexplicably shot wide from a great position after being setup by a Misanjo cutback and the home keeper did well to block a Marc Howson shot at the death.
Overall a fine team performance which lifts the Wanderers up to fifth in the league. Cup duty beckons over the next two weeks, with another visit to Springburn to face Petershill in the West of Scotland Cup before the short trip to Whitburn in the Scottish junior Cup.
‘Mon the Forth.
Forth team : Hutchison,Howson,McLean,Smith,Grant,Canning,Traynor(Trialist),McGroarty,