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Stewart strike puts Fairmuir in pole position

Fairmuir BC 1

G. Stewart 17'

Arbroath Lads Club 0

  • Sunday, 05 March 2017
  • Charlotte Street
  • Under 14´s
  • League Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Graeme Stewart’s first half goal secured all three points for Fairmuir in their League Cup group tie against Arbroath Lads. The striker capitalised on an error from Arbroath keeper Shaun Watt, and put Fairmuir in pole position to reach the semi-finals in the process.

Fairmuir started on the front foot, winning a series of corners in the opening exchanges, but Arbroath managed to deal with all of Ruari Henry’s deliveries. Goalkeeper Shaun Watt was called into action after four minutes, pulling off a fine save to deny Graeme Stewart. Kai Guild was the next Fairmuir player to threaten the Arbroath goal, the defender dragging his left foot shot just wide after nine minutes.

Arbroath were struggling to get into the game, playing uphill in the first half meant striker Nairn Beaton was being starved of service. Fairmuir on the other hand were looking dangerous, Liam Hunt firing wide after 13 minutes.

With 17 minutes gone, Fairmuir got the goal that their dominance merited. Henry’s long ball looked to be simple enough for the Arbroath defence to deal with, but Watt’s kick sliced into the path of Graeme Stewart, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. An unfortunate moment for the Arbroath keeper, but credit to the Fairmuir man for applying the pressure that forced the error.

Fairmuir continued to press forward, defender Nathan Stewart shooting wide after 22 minutes. His central defensive partner Guild nearly doubled the hosts lead with six minutes of the first half remaining, but his header came back off the woodwork before being cleared.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-0
  • Arbroath Lads Club

With Arbroath shooting downhill in the second half, there was a sense of belief in their attacking play that had been lacking in the first 35 minutes. Despite Arbroath doing more attacking in the opening of the second half, they were yet to seriously test Adam Cameron in the Fairmuir goal.

Fairmuir were adapting to playing up hill far better than the visitors had. Dylan Rice had the chance to double Fairmuir’s advantage, but he couldn’t get a proper connection on Graeme Stewart’s cutback.

Arbroath’s new keeper Hayden Church produced a fine save to keep out Daniel Hart’s curling effort. The visitors continued with their direct style of play as they searched for an equaliser, but the Fairmuir defence stood strong. With two minutes remaining, Beaton nearly got the equaliser, but his effort was smothered by Cameron.

Despite these two teams sitting first and second in the D S Rennie League Table, both were clearly hampered by the playing conditions. Fairmuir are now in pole position in Group D, and look capable of making it to the semi-finals. Should they manage this, they will be the favourites to go and win the trophy in its inaugural season.

As for Arbroath, they already have a cup final to look forward to in the coming weeks and should they win their games in hand, they will be in an excellent position to go and challenge for the league title.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-0
  • Arbroath Lads Club


Fairmuir BC
Arbroath Lads Club
1. Adam Cameron
2. Paddy Boyle
3. Liam Hunt
5. Aidan McCann
6. Zain Ferguson
7. Dylan Rice
8. Derryn Thomson
9. Ruari Henry
10. Kai Flynn
11. Marcel Motyka
12. Jack Alexander
14. Graeme Stewart
15. Jack Wilkie
16. Daniel Hart
17. Kai Guild
18. Nathan Stewart
1. Shaun Watt
2. Ryan Laird
3. Aiden Hutton
5. Kai Cooper
6. Nairn Macdonald
7. Connor MacFarlane
8. Josh Paterson
9. Mason Anderson
10. Leo Boath
11. Lewis Hutton
12. Aiden Smith
14. Jamie Stewart
15. Nairn Beaton
16. Bartosz Kwiatek
17. Jarvis Chalmers
19. Hayden Church
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Arbroath Lads Club
Kai Guild - A comfortable game in the centre of defence alongside Nathan Stewart. Limited the Arbroath forwards to very little, and nearly bagged a goal for himself in the first half.
Josh Paterson - Competed well in the midfield and used the ball intelligently throughout the 70 minutes.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Arbroath Lads Club
Stewart's Goal - While the finish itself is probably one of the easiest that the striker will ever have, it was a fitting reward for his constant pressing and hounding of the Arbroath defenders.
Church's Save from Hart - A fine save from the Arbroath keeper at an important time in the match.
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