Dryburgh Athletic moved level with Fairmuir at the top of the G Taylor League table with a comfortable 4-0 win over Ferry Athletic. Goals from Aidan Nelson, Sol Heary, Ross Mcnaughton and Daryl Tosh secured the three points for Dryburgh, who need just a point from their final game of the season against Riverside to be confirmed as outright champions.
Ferry only had 11 players available for the match, and started with defender Jaye McGrath in goal. Aidan Nelson was the first Dryburgh player to test the stand in goalkeeper, but the Ferry man was equal to Nelson’s effort.
The Dryburgh captain did open the scoring after nine minutes. Nelson sent his free kick from 35 yards straight over McGrath’s head and into the net.
Dryburgh doubled their lead a minute later through Sol Heary. A long ball was misjudged by McGrath and his defenders, leaving Heary with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.
Ferry were trying to knock the ball about, but couldn’t get support to Owen McCord upfront. McGrath made an unorthodox save to deny Ross Mcnaughton after 22 minutes. The goalkeeper chesting Mcnaughton's shot around the post.
With 28 minutes gone, Dryburgh added a third. Mcnaughton worked the space at the top of the box and curled the ball into the bottom left hand corner. It was a fine strike from the midfielder that any goalkeeper would have struggled to keep out.
McGrath did well to smother Marcus Gray’s close range effort before Heary volleyed over from close range, just as the half time whistle sounded.