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Kirrie down Fairmuir in Reilly Falconer Cup

Fairmuir BC 2

M. Ross 5', Gibb 62'

Kirrie Thistle 5

McLean (p) 19', Richardson 29', 56', 59', Kettles 45'
  • Sunday, 14 January 2018
  • Graham Street, Dundee
  • Under 14´s
  • Reilly Falconer Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Kirrie Thistle started 2018 with a bang as they saw off Fairmuir to secure a place in the Reilly Falconer Cup quarter-final. Logan Richardson scored a hat trick, with Archie McLean and Jake Kettles also scoring.

Injuries and suspensions meant that both sides were without their first-choice goalkeepers for this tie, which was being played at the fifth attempt.

There were only five minutes on the clock when Fairmuir took the lead. Mark Ross rose above Bradley Milne at a corner, and powered home a header from six yards.

The Kirrie players were trying to exploit the fact that Fairmuir had an outfield player in goal, but a plethora of efforts from distance all failed to trouble Jordan Adam.
The did breach the Fairmuir backline after 10 minutes, but a superb tackle from Lee Fordyce denied Archie McLean a shot at goal.

At the other end, Thomas Gibb looked to have doubled Fairmuir’s lead with a controlled effort, but Rory Grewar produced a stunning diving save to keep the ball out and the deficit at one. Logan Richardson looked to capitalise on a mix up in the Fairmuir defence, but could only shoot straight at Adam.

Fairmuir’s stand-in stopper was eventually beaten after 19 minutes when the referee pointed to the penalty spot. McLean coolly dispatched the spot kick to level the score.
There was nearly a second for Kirrie two minutes later when Jake Kettles looped a cross over Adam, but Sam Ellis couldn’t head the ball into the unguarded net.

Kirrie were growing in confidence and took the lead six minutes before the break when Richardson latched onto a through ball, and beat Adam with a composed finish.
Fairmuir nearly snatched an equaliser at the end of the half through Billy Donald, but his curling free kick came back off the post before being cleared.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 1-2
  • Kirrie Thistle

Fairmuir made a change at half time with Fordyce taking over the goalkeeping responsibilities for the second half, but he was beaten by Kettles 10 minutes into the second half as Kirrie looked to seal the victory.

Ross made an important block to deny Kettles another goal, as Fairmuir searched for a route back into the tie. There was clearly no love lost between these two rivals, as both sets of players got stuck in and about one and other, meaning stoppages in play were becoming more and more frequent.

Kirrie added a fourth when Richardson curled a shot into the side netting, and though the ball bounced out of the goal and back into play, the referee judged it to have crossed the line.

The Kirrie man completed his hat trick three minutes later with another cool finish, as their passage to the next round was sealed.

There was still enough time for Fairmuir to pull one back through Gibb, who drilled a low shot into the bottom corner from distance, but that wasn’t enough to ruin Kirrie’s day as they booked their place in the quarter-finals.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 2-5
  • Kirrie Thistle

Lineups

Fairmuir BC
Kirrie Thistle
1. Finlay Slater
2. Mark Ross
3. Dylan Patullo
4. Josh Robertson
6. Billy Donald
7. Aaron Christie
8. Lee Fordyce
9. Thomas Gibb
10. Aaron Telford
11. Igor Zinko
12. Rhys Ross
15. Stewart Simpson
16. Jordan Adam
17. Coel Philip
19. Ryan McGregor
1. Rory Grewar
2. Dagan Bell
3. Connor Smeaton
4. Kian Martin
5. Cammy Simpson
6. Logan Richardson
7. Jake Kettles
9.Archie McLean
10. Robbie Waddell
11. Sam Ellis
12. Keir Crighton
16. Sam Murray
17. Zak Innes
18. Thomas Duffy
19. Bradley Milne
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Kirrie Thistle
Jordan Adam and Lee Fordyce - Fairmuir's stand in goalkeepers both performed admirably against a Kirrie side that haven't been beaten domestically this season. Some good stops from both on a tough afternoon.
Logan Richardson - Bossed the midfield and took all three of his goals well. A fine performance from the midfielder.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Kirrie Thistle
Mark Ross's Goal - A fantastic header from the Fairmuir man that got his side off to the ideal start.
Grewar's Save From Gibb - It was a stop that most professional goalkeepers would be proud of and it proved to be the catalyst for Kirrie's success, as they equalised moments later.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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