Ferry Athletic lost their third cup final of the season as they went down 4-1 to Lochgelly Albert Colts in the East Region Cup final. Jack McDonald’s hat-trick and Liam Kelly’s late penalty secured the trophy for Lochgelly. Ferry’s goal came from Ryan Hush.
The effects of Ferry’s weekend cup final defeat were clear to see early on, as they struggled to match Lochgelly’s tempo in the opening stages.
It was the Fife side that took the lead after five minutes. Keir Clemison’s low cross was turned into the net from close range by Jack McDonald.
Ferry’s first effort came from Tom Banyard, who fired wide from the top of the box after eight minutes. Lochgelly had come flying out the traps in the opening minutes, but Ferry were beginning to see more of the ball.
Gavin Westwater shot wide after 23 minutes, before Banyard saw his effort held by Matthew Sutterby.
With 31 minutes gone, Ferry had their best chance of the match.
Chris McNeil’s drive brought a save out of Sutterby, the loose ball eventually fell for Craig Low, but his effort came back off the post. Just like in their previous cup final appearances, Ferry were seeing plenty of the ball, but were lacking that killer touch in front of goal.
Banyard’s low cross was met by Andrew Lyall, but he couldn’t hit the target from close range. As half time approached, Ferry were hit with a sucker-punch.
With 44 minutes gone, Jack McDonald picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and curled the ball past Stewart Linton in the Ferry goal. The Ferry keeper had no chance as the ball nestled in the bottom corner of the net.