Broughty United have won the Jim Duffy Cup after coming out on top in a close-fought derby match against Ferry Athletic. In the latest final to be held at Dundee’s North End Park it was Broughty’s Ewan Faulkner who grabbed the headlines as he scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute.
Ferry Athletic came straight out of the traps in the opening stages of a perfectly poised cup final. The first opportunity arose just four minutes into the match when Louie Porter latched onto a long ball from midfield. The Ferry number six fired a shot at goal, from within the penalty area, but the ball sailed high over the target.
After this early warning for Broughty United they then began to respond to the Ferry threat. In the eighth minute, Brogan Rourke made a fantastic run straight through the middle of the park and into the Ferry Athletic penalty box. He managed to impressively weave his way through every challenge that came his way until he reached the six-yard line. He then looked to get his shot away at goal but in flew Ferry’s Cameron Murray, who blocked his effort with an outstretched leg.
As the game ticked into the 11th minute, Porter came close to opening the scoring for Ferry Athletic once again. He received the ball inside the box following a cross from the left flank. He struck his shot at goal but was denied by a superb diving save from Daniel Edelstone. The Broughty United goalkeeper’s strong left hand was enough to parry the ball away and save his side.
The next golden opportunity at goal fell the way of Rourke 22 minutes into the game. The Broughty number nine managed to successfully beat the offside trap after being played in beyond the Ferry defence. With a clean run at goal he eventually pulled the trigger just yards from the target. Unfortunately for him his shot went just wide of the post.
Ferry Athletic started to reassume control of the half and came agonizingly close to scoring through Murray. The boys in yellow were awarded a free kick a good 40 yards from goal on the 28th minute. Murray stepped up, unperturbed by the distance, and unleashed a bullet of a strike towards the Broughty goal. His spectacular effort so nearly paid off as the ball thundered against the crossbar before being cleared away from danger.
Despite Ferry slightly edging the first-half performance, it was Broughty United that took the lead three minutes from half time. Ewan Faulkner picked up possession of the ball, drove at goal, and managed to keep control despite the numbers of challenges that came his way from the Ferry back line. Through sheer determination he was able to worm his way to the six yard line and slot the ball past the oncoming Ferry keeper Robert Black and into the back of the net.
Going a goal ahead spurred on Broughty as they ended the half with a plethora of chances. Within a minute after scoring Faulkner turned provider as he put Rourke through on goal. Rourke fired a shot towards goal but Robert Black excellently parried it behind for a corner.
From the resulting corner, Rourke had yet another opportunity as he was afforded a free header at goal. However, he could not get it on target and it went wide.
The referee soon concluded the first period of the game. Both teams could be proud of the efforts that they had put in so far but, for Ferry, they had to come up with a way to get back on level terms.