Matt McKinnon’s hat trick helped Ferry Athletic advance into the final of the J Duffy Cup U14 with a 6-2 victory over Kirrie in the tie played at Drumgeith.
Kirrie started brightly and were first to make a foray into the opposition half forcing a throw in a promising area. The resulting delivery was cleared allowing Ferry to make inroads on the counter, with Liam Crockett striking the post after his initial effort was well saved by David McFarlane in the Kirrie goal.
Buoyed by almost breaking the deadlock Ferry continued to press and were rewarded with the opener from the penalty spot, Scott Galloway hitting the set piece into the corner of the net after being fouled by the keeper.
Moments later McFarlane was again called into action and had to be alert to collect a ball played into the box from Cameron Murray’s Free Kick.
Kirrie responded to the early pressure from Ferry through Andrew Kettles effort which was well held by Keeper Robert Black.
Ferry Athletic continued to press for their second goal of the afternoon and were almost rewarded through Matt McKinnon’s effort which was deflected away by McFarlane into the path of Crockett who fired wide.
McKinnon was to benefit from his endeavour moments later and sent a powerful shot into the roof of the net for Ferry’s second of the game. Three minutes later a third was added with a well worked goal involving Chris Mudie and Liam Crockett allowing Jude Hughes to slot the ball past the keeper.
Mudie continued to have a big impact on the game playing a through ball to Hughes with the third goal scorers advance on goal being halted by an offside decision and having a chipped effort himself which rose over McFarlane’s goal. Untroubled by the chip from Hughes the Kirrie goalkeeper was called into action to stop McKinnon’s effort from extending Ferry’s lead.
As the pressure continued McKinnon got his second of the game and his sides fourth after knocking past McFarlane.
Hughes and McKinnon continued to link up well and put pressure on the Kirrie defence leading to McFarlane having to come and collect a well waited ball from midfield. The fifth goal of the Semi-Final was worthy of the occasion, Mudie collected the ball outside the box and sent a powerful drive into the roof of the net.
Kirrie responded immediately and pulled a goal back through Robin Greens shot which cannoned of the post and into the net.
Having got a foothold in the game Kirrie continued to press and Matthew McSheffreys advance on goal was well dealt with by the Ferry defence.
The final action of the first half involved an effort by Hughes which was saved by McFarlane.