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Lochgelly fire four past Ferry to lift East Region Cup

Ferry Athletic 1

Hush 55'

Lochgelly Albert Colts 4

J. McDonald 5', 44', 59', Kelly (p) 90+1'
  • Thursday, 25 May 2017
  • The Canniepairt
  • Under 17´s
  • East Region Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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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.

 

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 0-2
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts

Despite Lochgelly doubling their lead with the last kick of the first half, Ferry pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half. The ball deflected up off Ryan Hush, and looped into the net. It was most definitely a fortunate goal, but Ferry more than deserved their slice of luck.

It took Lochgelly just four minutes to re-establish their two-goal lead. Ryan Connelly’s header was well saved by Linton, but the ball fell for Jack McDonald, who curled the ball into the top corner from inside the box. It was a fine finish to complete his hat trick, and put his side back in control of the cup final.

Ferry went back on the offensive, and nearly scored again through McNeil.

Low’s driven cross was met by the fullback, but he fired his effort just wide. Lyall was the next Ferry player to be denied, as he saw his effort from a corner blocked by a Lochgelly defender.

In the first minute of injury time, Lochgelly were awarded a penalty. Connolly was taken down inside the penalty area, and Liam Kelly dispatched his spot kick with confidence as Lochgelly secured the inaugural East Region Cup.

This was an impressive performance from Lochgelly, especially when you consider they only had 11 players available. They got their goals at the right times in the match. They were solid at the back and ruthless up front, and deserving winners of this trophy.

As for Ferry, this was an all too familiar story for them. They had plenty of possession, but couldn’t put the ball in the net. Despite this, reaching three cup finals in one season is still an impressive achievement, and if this squad can keep improving, then next year might be their year.

 

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 1-4
  • Lochgelly Albert Colts

Lineups

Ferry Athletic
Lochgelly Albert Colts
1. Stewart Linton
4. Blair McCord
5. Innes Middleton
6. Tom Banyard
7. Ryan Hush
8. Charlie McDonald
9. Rhys Fraser
10. Andrew Lyall
11. Christopher McNeil
14. Cameron Steedman
16. Gavin Westwater
17. Craig Low
18. Ross Fordyce
19. Dylan McCulloch
20. Calum Ross
1. Matthew Sutterby
2. Lewis Kerwin
3. Cameron Moon
4. Dylan Paterson
5. Scott Keatings
6. Patrick Armour
7. Liam Bell
9. Ryan Connelly
10. Jack McDonald
11. Daniel Dow
19. Keir Clemison
20. Liam Kelly
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Christopher McNeil - A hard working performance down the left flank. Defended well and was unlucky not to find the net in the second half.
Jack McDonald - Got his side off to the perfect start, and his second and third goals knocked the stuffing out of Ferry. A superb performance.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Lochgelly Albert Colts
Hush's Goal - How much the Ferry man knew about his goal is unknown, but it kept his sides cup dream alive.
McDonald's Second Goal - A fantastic strike that came right when Ferry looked like scoring.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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