Dryburgh Athletic and Ferry Athletic Yellows went toe-to-toe in the John Clark Motors Cup final on Sunday. In a closely fought encounter it was Dryburgh Athletic who emerged as 3-2 winners. Taylor Carroll and Kyle Anderson scored a first half goal each for Ferry either side of a Ryan Smith goal for Dryburgh. In the second half two goals from Scott Cole turned the score line in Dryburgh’s favour and they survived a late rally to claim the cup.
The first half was controlled by Ferry and it did not take them long to register the first goal of the game. Lewis Finnie delivered a superb ball, from the left wing, into the Dryburgh penalty box that was met by Carroll. Under pressure from the Dryburgh keeper, Carroll managed to turn the ball into the net, with his head, to put his team 1-0 up after just four minutes.
A couple of minutes later Ferry came close to doubling their lead. A corner was delivered into the box and, following a couple of ricochets, the ball fell to the feet of Harry Dow. Unfortunately for him he fired his effort just over the bar.
In the 18th minute Dryburgh were handed a golden opportunity to get back on level terms when Ferry goalkeeper Callum Langdale was adjudged to have handled a back pass. An indirect free kick was awarded and virtually every Ferry player was on the goal line ready to block the effort. The free kick was laid off to Scott Cole to take a shot but the Ferry defence did its job well. Cole’s effort was blocked and it bounced away for a corner.
Dryburgh continued to use this momentum to try and get back in the game. They succeeded as, in the 22nd minute, they grabbed an equaliser. Dryburgh’s Ben Amos made a superb run from the left and fired in a low cross that landed at the feet of captain Ryan Smith. Just six yards from goal, the tall midfielder was able to slot the ball home and level the score.
Dryburgh’s joy was short lived, however, as seven minutes later Ferry regained the lead. Once again Finnie was the provider as he fired a superb cross into the opposition penalty area. The ball found an unmarked Kyle Anderson who finished the move off with a neat volleyed effort.
Ferry continued to press throughout the remainder of the first half in an effort to increase their lead further. They were unable to and were eventually beaten by the referee’s whistle for half time.