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Fairmuir lift Henry Dolan Cup after shootout victory over Ferry Athletic

Fairmuir 1

Scobie 23

Ferry Athletic 1

Lyall 43
  • 4-2
  • Sunday, 07 May 2017
  • North End Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Henry Dolan Cup

Iain Proudfoot | YFS East Region Journalist
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Finlay Scott’s successful conversion saw Fairmuir overcome Ferry Athletic 4-2 in a penalty shootout and lift the Henry Dolan Cup. Spot kicks were required to break the deadlock after each side scored a first half goal in the final held at North End Park.

With both teams enjoying an impressive Dave Puller League season, the stage was set for an intriguing contest in the Dundee sunshine. Any possiblity that the final may be a cagey affair and lack clear cut chances was dispelled in the opening moments as Ferry almost scored with their first attack.

A deep free-kick by Blair McCord found the head of Andrew Lyall who brought a smart stop from Fairmuir number one Rory McInally.

While making the save the keeper did well to palm the ball away from goal as it tightened the angle for the rebound which was sent wide by Jack Ferrier.

Having almost fallen behind in the early stages Fairmuir began to carve out opportunities with Bryce Murray heavily involved, first having an effort which flashed just wide and then striking the post after getting on the end of Ryan Scobies free-kick.

It was from a set piece on 23 minutes when Fairmuir would move ahead, quick movement between Arran McFadyen and Ross Bell drew the foul with Scobie striking the ball low into the bottom corner.

Ferry responded well and committed bodies forward in search of an equaliser and Ferrier was unlucky to direct a shot wide of target.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Ferry drew level and similarly to their rivals it came from a set-piece. Ryan Hush did well to release Lewis Smith into space and after he was taken down in the box Lyall stepped up to convert the penalty. 

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir
  • 1-1
  • Ferry Athletic

Having scored the opener from a free-kick, Scobie tried his luck as the second half began and forced a solid save by Stewart Linton

At the other end of the park, Hush showed good strength to ride several challenges and from the resulting space screwed an effort just past the post.

Ferrier continued to provide a good attacking outlet for Ferry and after rounding McInally, was prevented from getting on the scoresheet by a tight angle.  

An almost identical chance fell to Jack Taylor for Fairmuir and similarly to Hush, he did not have the space to squeeze the ball into the net.

As penalty kicks approached the last chance fell for Ferrier and with his effort being well saved by McInally, ensured the victor of the Henry Dolan Cup would be decided from the spot. 

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir
  • 1-1
  • Ferry Athletic
In the shootout Ferry Athletic saw their first two kicks saved by McInally and the advantage allowed Finlay Scott to slot home the decisive penalty.

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Final Result: 4-2


Ferry Athletic
1. Rory McInally
3.Arran McFadyen
4.Ryan Scobie
5.Ryan Bannon
6.Kane Alison
7.Robbie Gallacher
8.Finlay Scott
9.Ryan McLaren
10.Cavin Tosh
11.Bryce Murray
14.Ross Bell
15. Cameron Cruickshanks
17.Jack Taylor
1.Stewart Linton
3.Christopher McNeil
4.Blair McCord
5.Innes Middleton
6.Tom Banyard
7.Ryan Hush
8.Charlie McDonald
9.Rhys Fraser
10.Andrew Lyall
11.Lewis Smith
14.Cameron Steedman
15.Jack Ferrier
16.Gavin Westwater
17.Craig Low
18.Ross Fordyce
20.Calum Ross
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Bryce Murray - A constant attacking threat and a good outlet for his side throughout the final
Ryan Hush - Instrumental in his sides attacking play and can take great heart from his display.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Finlay Scott converting the winning penalty in the shootout and with it the Henry Dolan Cup
The movement between Ryan Hush and Lewis Smith that forced a penalty and a way back into the Final.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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