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Ferry Yellows suffer shooutout heartache against Forfar West End

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Crighton 90+4'
  • Ferry Athletic Yellows 1-1 Forfar West End (Forfar win 4-3 on penalties)
  • Sunday, 14 May 2017
  • North End Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Peter MacAvoy Cup

Andrew Creegan

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Forfar West End secured the Peter MacAvoy Cup with a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Ferry Yellows. Kieren Crighton’s free kick in the fourth minute of injury time sent the game to penalties, after Adam Brown had given Ferry the lead midway through the first half.

Forfar had won the previous meeting of these sides in the league 2-1 seven days ago, but it was Ferry that had the first shot of the match. Blair Whyte’s low effort from the top of the box was wide of mark. Adam Brown was the next Ferry player to try his luck, but he fired narrowly wide after 13 minutes.

Ferry would have been ahead after 21 minutes, if not for some fine goalkeeping from Mark Smith. The Forfar goalkeeper did well to keep out Brown’s looping header. Brown was again denied by Smith two minutes later, this time the keeper pushed the striker’s fierce effort round the post.

Callum Beattie had Forfar’s first chance after 25 minutes. His half volley from 25 yards had plenty of power behind it, but lacked the accuracy to trouble Ferry keeper Elliot Smith.

With 34 minutes played, Ferry’s pressure told, and they opened the scoring. Cameron Hoskins wasdispossessed at the top of the box, but the ball deflected off the Ferry forward into the feet of Rory Faulkner, whose low cross was swept home by Brown.

Brown nearly added a second goal three minutes later. The striker couldn’t guide his header from Whyte’s cross on target.

In the last five minutes of the half, Forfar burst into life and nearly found an equaliser.

Owen Wilson managed to get in behind the Ferry defence, and his low shot came back off the post before rolling into the arms of Elliot Smith. The Ferry keeper then made a smart save to deny Fraser Edwards after 43 minutes.


  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic Yellows
  • 1-0
  • Forfar West End

Despite the first half being dominated by Ferry, it was Forfar that started the second period on the front foot. Owen Wilson shot wide two minutes after the restart. The boys in blue continued to up the pressure on the Ferry goal, winning a series of corners and free kicks, but they still hadn’t seriously tested Elliot Smith.

Ferry’s first real chance of the second half came on the hour mark. Whyte was sent in one-on-one with Mark Smith, but hit his shot straight at the oncoming goalkeeper. Brown’s follow up effort was also saved by the Forfar keeper, who was keeping his side in the game.

With 67 minutes gone, it was Elliot Smith that had to come up with a big save. The Ferry stopper had to be at full stretch to push away Morgan Evans fierce drive.

Even with Forfar seeing more of the ball, the Ferry defence continued to stand strong. Lewis Finnie and Harry Dow seemed to win every ball in the air, while the fresh legs of substitute Liam Fitzsimmons up front offered an outlet that had been missing for most of the second half.

Fitzsimmons had what proved to be Ferry’s last chance of the match after 81 minutes. Jay Foran’s free kick fell to the striker at the top of the box, but his low driven effort was straight at Mark Smith.

Despite Ferry’s admirable defensive performance, there was an inevitable sense that Forfar were going to get one more chance, and with 94 minutes played, they were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal.

With every Forfar player inside the Ferry penalty area, including Mark Smith, Kieren Crighton stepped up and smashed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net, forcing a penalty shootout with the last kick of the game.


  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic Yellows
  • 1-1
  • Forfar West End
Adam Brown was the first taker in the shootout, and he coolly found the net, putting Ferry ahead. Forfar captain Morgan Evans stepped up and made no mistake, as he sent his penalty into the bottom left corner, levelling the tie. Andrew Kelly was Ferry’s second taker and he sent his penalty into the top left corner of the net. Kieren Crighton was next and despite slipping as he struck his penalty, the ball just evaded Elliot Smith, who dived the right way. The striker was clearly relieved as he made his way back to the half way line. Harry Dow was the first player that didn’t find the net as Mark Smith pushed his effort over the crossbar. In fairness to the Ferry man, this was very much a good save rather than a poor penalty. Off the back of his save, Mark Smith was the next Forfar taker, and he gave his opposite number no chance as he arrowed the ball into the top right corner of the net. Taylor Carroll brought Ferry level in the shootout as he sent Mark Smith the wrong way. Alistair Wilson had the chance to put Forfar back in front, but he dragged his penalty against the post. This meant Jay Foran had the kick to put Ferry back in front, but he sent his penalty over the crossbar and straight out of North End Park. Once a new ball had been kicked on to the pitch, David Pearson had the chance to win Forfar the cup. The defender stepped up and found the net, meaning Forfar West End are the Peter MacAvoy Cup winners. To say that this is a tough one to take for Ferry would be an understatement. They were 30 seconds away from securing their second cup of the season, but were undone by a moment of magic. In the first half, they had more than enough chances to kill the game but came up against a goalkeeper in inspired form. Last week’s result between these two sides in the league means that the league title may well be shared between these two clubs this season. On Thursday, Ferry have a chance to add another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet in the form of the East Region Cup. If they do win the East Region Cup and league title, that will ensure that they look back on this season as a success. As Forfar, this was very much a smash and grab job. In the first half, they struggled to match Ferry, but managed to dominate the second period, and Kieren Crighton came up with a moment of magic when his side needed it most. It was clear going into the shootout that the Forfar players looked to have the psychological advantage over their Ferry counterparts, something that ultimately proved true, as they went on to lift their first piece of silverware of the season.

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Final Result: Ferry Athletic Yellows 1-1 Forfar West End (Forfar win 4-3 on penalties)


Ferry Athletic Yellows
Forfar West End
1. Elliot Smith
2. Liam Fitzsimmons
3. Kieran McDowall
4. Lewis Finnie
5. Logan Irvine
6. Blair Whyte
7. Cameron Hoskins
8. Harry Dow
9. Adam Brown
10. Jay Foran
11. Rory Faulkner
14. Arran Smith
16. Taylor Carroll
17. Andrew Kelly
1. Mark Smith
2. Arran Fraser
3. Robbie Gooderham
4. Liam Shortridge
5. Callum Beattie
6. Owen Wilson
7. Callum Clark
8. Morgan Evans
9. Kieren Crighton
10. Fraser Edwards
11. Aaron Mitchell
12. Cameron Fraser
14. Rhys Baer
15. David Pearson
16. Jamie Memuir
17. Alistair Wilson
Star Player
Ferry Athletic Yellows
Forfar West End
Lewis Finnie - Won nearly everything in the air and kept the rest of his teammates organised throughout the 90 minutes. An excellent performance from the Ferry defender.
Mark Smith - The Forfar keeper made a number of important saves in normal time as well as in the shootout. Also scored the best penalty of the day.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic Yellows
Forfar West End
Brown's Goal - A fine finish that deservedly had his team in front. Looked like it might be enough to win the cup, but ultimately, it wasn't to be.
Crighton's Goal - A fantastic strike that Elliot Smith could do nothing about. The goal that Forfar's second half performance deserved, and what a way to get it.
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