Dryburgh Athletic swept Fairmuir aside in the potential G Taylor League title decider. Ewan Stewart’s brace, as well as goals from Ben Wilson and Dylan Smeaton secured the three points that put Dryburgh level with Fairmuir, whose only goal came from Ryan Smith, at the top of the table.
The hosts have been victorious in their two previous meetings with Fairmuir this season, and with Fairmuir missing their influential captain Mark McCrory, Dryburgh got off to the perfect start as they took the lead after nine minutes. Fairmuir’s Kane Hynes failing to clear a long ball, and presenting the ball to Ewan Stewart, who drilled a low shot past Cameron Hendry at the near post.
Dryburgh were on top in the opening stages, and nearly added a second after 11 minutes, but Sol Heary hooked his effort wide. Fairmuir’s first chance came courtesy of Nairn Bonnar after 20 minutes, but the forwards effort was easily saved by Aaron Cosgrove.
Fairmuir were beginning to grow into the match, and had their best chance of the game after 29 minutes. Ryan Smith’s free kick looked destined to end up in the back of the net, but Cosgrove managed to get his fingertips to the ball and push it over the bar.
Dryburgh would have added a second five minutes before the break if not for some excellent goalkeeping by Hendry. Ewan Stewart again getting away from the Fairmuir defence but was thwarted by the Fairmuir keeper, who got down low to push the shot away. The resulting corner eventually fell for Ewan Stewart, but Hendry again kept out the low shot with his feet.