Rossvale v Glasgow Perthshire

2pm  3 February 2018

SJFA West Region, Central League, Division One
Rossvale 3 Glasgow Perthshire 1 (att 60)

It took no more than a couple of minutes to drive from the Springburn Football Centre to Rossvale's newly-opened home at the Huntershill Community Sports Hub, so I had ample time ahead of kick-off.

Normally if I've got time before the start of a Scottish junior game I'll seek out the tea bar in search of a hot drink and perhaps a pie, but while Huntershill is without doubt a fine facility, it's not like other junior grounds.

For a start there's no tea bar, but I was least able to get a coffee and a chocolate bar from vending machines in a building that also houses the changing rooms.

The pitch has an artificial surface, and two separate areas on the far side to accommodate supporters. Local rivals Glasgow Perthshire had quite a few fans with them, and while there was no formal segregation the support broadly divided into each 'pen' depending on their allegiance.

I counted around 60 people inside the ground, and it wouldn't take many more before getting a good view of the action would be a challenge. Rossvale are currently top of Central League Division One, and the ground capacity could be tested as they climb the leagues.

While off the pitch it wasn't the usual junior football experience, on the pitch it certainly was. Two good teams, well-taken goals, and very competitive with some eye-wateringly robust challenges.

Glasgow Perthshire were a little unlucky to be 2-0 behind at half time, and set the game up for an excellent second half when they reduced the deficit five minutes after the break. They couldn't find an equaliser though, and Rossvale's third goal ensured they were deserved winners.









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