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Pitfour hit four to win Ferry thriller

Ferry Athletic 3

Caswell 10, Meldrum 60, Younger 78

Pitfour FC 4

Finnie 35, Turnbull 37, Alcorn 54, 68
  • Sunday, 17 September 2017
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Ally Alcorn’s double helped Pitfour maintain their 100% start to the season with a thrilling 4-3 win over Ferry Athletic. Kai Finnie and Jordan Turnbull were also on target for the champions, who played over an hour of the match without goalkeeper Archie Kelly-Barton.

These two sides faced off in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup final last season, with Pitfour coming out on top. However, it was Ferry that landed the first blow of the game, as Hari Caswell fired them ahead after 10 minutes. The Ferry man hit a dipping shot over Archie Kelly-Barton from the edge of the box.

Pitfour had been sluggish in the opening stages, being forced into mistakes by the Ferry pressing. Strikers Jordan Turnbull and Ally Alcorn already had over 30 goals between them this season, and it was this partnership that was threatening to undo Ferry’s good work. Turnbull picked out Alcorn with a cross after 21 minutes, but he looped his header over.

Things went from bad to worse for Pitfour as Kelly-Barton had to be withdrawn because of concussion. This resulted in a lengthy stoppage and Jake Edwards donning the goalkeeper jersey for the remaining 60 minutes of the match.

The break appeared to be what the Pitfour players needed, as they cranked up the pressure on the Ferry goal. Kai Finnie saw his shot pushed over by Hayden Church, before the Ferry keeper got down low to keep out Turnbull’s effort and then denied Finnie again.

Matthew Younger stopped Alcorn with a fantastic sliding challenge as Ferry did their best to reach halftime with their lead intact.

The resulting corner was turned into the net by Finnie from close range.

Pitfour continued their assault on the Ferry goal, and took the lead three minutes before the break. Church denied Alcorn with a fine save, but was helpless as Finnie teed up Turnbull, who fired into the bottom corner.
  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 1-2
  • Pitfour FC
Church was signed by Ferry after an injury to Aaron Caird on the opening day left them without a keeper. Caird was watching on the sideline (and providing hot drinks for the spectators), but saw his teammates fall further behind 15 minutes into the second half.

Alcorn with a simple header from close range that gave the champions a 3-1 lead. That was the striker's 17th goal in seven league games.

Despite Pitfour playing with an outfield player in goal, Ferry had done little to test Jake Edwards. On the hour mark, that changed, as Owen McCord slipped a ball through for Kai Meldrum, and the Ferry captain broke from midfield, and slotted the ball under the stand-in keeper.

Both sides sensed that the game was there for the taking, as both sets of players flew into tackles all over the park. Charlie Edwards headed over an Alcorn corner after 67 minutes.

Alcorn got Pitfour’s fourth 60 seconds later. The diminutive striker powered through the Ferry defence, and got the break of the ball when his initial shot rebounded off Church into his path, leaving him with an open goal to roll the ball into.

Church had to be at his best five minutes later, as he got a fingertip to Finnie’s powerful drive, just managing to divert the ball over the bar.
 
To their credit, Ferry kept pushing for more goals. Moby Ogunlaja drilled a shot from inside the box narrowly past the post.
 
With two minutes remaining, Ferry scored again. McCord again the provider, curling in a corner which was headed home by the unmarked Younger from six yards.
 
There was still enough time remaining for Church to deny Alcorn his hat trick in the final minute of the match.
 
This will be a tough one to take for Ferry, who were excellent today. They were prepared to take the game to Pitfour, leaving three up top when defending corners, and looking to get in behind whenever possible. In doing do, they doubled the number of goals that Pitfour have conceded this season.
 
Given the circumstances, this was a big three points for Pitfour. Many teams would have struggled to fight back from a goal down without a goalkeeper, but they looked better once Kelly-Barton was off the pitch. Like true champions, they didn’t make excuses, they got on with the job in hand.

Today’s result means that the Alcorn-Turnbull partnership has contributed 34 league goals in just seven matches, 18 for Alcorn and 16 for Turnbull. Those numbers at this stage of the season are staggering, and provided both players stay fit, there is a real possibility that they will be a 100+ partnership this year.
 
Despite that, this match was a reminder for Pitfour that teams won’t just lie down against them and accept defeat. Ferry made them work for their result today and can count themselves unfortunate not to have taken something from the game.
  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 3-4
  • Pitfour FC

Lineups

Ferry Athletic
Pitfour FC
1. Hayden Church
1. Aaron Caird
2. Jack Stirton
3. Findlay Kenyon
4. Declan Murray
5. Dylan Mill
6. Jack Tindal
7. Moby Ogunlaja
8. Adam Lees
9. Kai Meldrum
10. Rory Smith
11. Jay Sorrie
14. Matthew Younger
15. Jack Black
16. Alexander Russel
17. Hari Caswell
18. Owen McCord
22. Charlie Castle
1. Archie Kelly-Barton
2. Rory Harrower
3. Dylan Wright
4. Ben Clos
5. Kairn Brand
6. Charlie Edward
7. Ross Cameron
8. Andrew Allan
9. Ethan Thom
10. Oliver Farquharson
11. Matthew Glen
12. Jordan Turnbull
14. Jamie McRae
15. Alistar Alcorn
16. Jacob Edwards
17. Rory Cromwell
18. Kai Finnie
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Pitfour FC
Hayden Church - The Ferry stopper was excellent, making several fine saves at important times in the match. His distribution was excellent, and led to numerous Ferry attacks.
Ally Alcorn - The Pitfour striker was constantly buzzing about the Ferry box, and was generally a nuisance all afternoon. His movement off the ball is second to none, and his goals today were key to Pitfour extending their unbeaten run.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Pitfour FC
Caswell's Goal - A super strike that stunned Pitfour and got Ferry off to the perfect start.
Alcorn's Second Goal - A scrappy goal with a touch of good fortune, but ultimately, it proved to be decisive.
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