The visitors looked a different side in the early exchanges of the second half, and with five minutes played, pulled a goal back. Blacklock hit a powerful drive from 25 yards that swerved over Lewis Burns, and into the net.
Blacklock looked to be Dundee West’s most potent attacking threat, and saw his header kept out by Burns moments after his goal. This would prove to be an important bit of goalkeeping, as Ferry got their third after 46 minutes.
Yousuf Ahmed played the through ball that found Jack Moir, who coolly passed the ball into the far corner of the net.
Not a team that is deterred easily, Dundee West scored again two minutes later. Derron Forbes was given too much space at a corner, and he headed the ball back across the face of goal for the unmarked Patrick Todd, who prodded the ball into the net from close range.
The game was now end to end, with Boath passing up the chance to complete his hat trick after firing straight at Walker when one-on-one with the keeper.
With seven minutes remaining, Ferry wrapped up the points. A Dundee West corner fell to Blacklock at the edge of the box, and his shot cannoned off the crossbar.
From this Ferry broke with Harrison Taylor sending Boath in behind, and the striker made no mistake as he rounded Walker, and rolled the ball into the empty net, despite the best efforts of the recovering Declan Lamarra. If ever a goal could sum up Dundee West’s misfortunes, this was it.
Ferry nearly added a fifth with three minutes remaining. Walker managed to tip Nicolas Matthew’s shot over the bar, after a Ferry passing move that saw nearly every player touch the ball.
On the day, their first half performance cost Dundee West. In the second period, their play was more purposeful and they got the goals they deserved. While today wasn’t their day, they have a talented squad that will win matches this season.
As for Ferry, their work rate and pressing stopped Dundee West imposing themselves on the game. While Owen Boath will rightly grab the headlines for a game winning hat trick, Ferry’s central defensive pairing of Jacob Sharpe and Struan Kier were immense today. They limited the Dundee West forwards to very little and made countless blocks and interceptions throughout the 70 minutes.
Going forward, Ferry look to have the foundations of a side that is capable of finishing in the top half of the league table, and reaching the latter rounds of the domestic cup competitions.