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Ferry power past Pitfour to set up Carnoustie clash

Ferry Athletic 6

Kyles 26', Hanbury 27', Own Goal 50', Milne 52', Lockheart 56', 66'

Pitfour FC 1

Leese 20'
  • Sunday, 11 February 2018
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Diamond Jubilee Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Ferry Athletic will face Carnoustie Panmure in the Diamond Jubilee Cup final after coming from behind to beat Pitfour. Quickfire goals from Blaike Kyles and Will Hanbury cancelled out Adam Leese’s opener. In the second half, Ferry turned on the style and netted four more times.

This was the first meeting of these sides at 11-a-side football and Pitfour’s aggressive pressing early on was disrupting a Ferry side that were beaten by Riverside in their previous outing. Blaike Kyles had the first chance of the game after 10 minutes when the ball fell to him inside the box, but he fired straight at Ewan Moncrieff.

Kyles was again denied by the Pitfour keeper moments later when he turned Will Hanbury’s cross goalward, but the keeper got down and kept the ball out. Pitfour were forcing Ferry into sloppy mistakes, and punished the hosts when Adam Leese fired a shot past Finlay Lyttle from 20 yards.

Their lead would prove to be short lived as Kyles brought Ferry level six minutes after they went behind. The forward was left unmarked at a corner and steered a low volley into the bottom corner.

Less than 60 seconds had passed when Aiden Lockheart lifted the ball into the path of Will Hanbury, and despite the Pitfour appeals for offside, he swept the ball past Moncrieff to give Ferry the lead eight minutes before half time.

Pitfour felt they should have had a penalty when Thomas Drysdale went down under the challenge of Euan Reekie, but the referee was unmoved.

  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 2-1
  • Pitfour FC

Ferry started the second half looking to extend their lead, and when Kyles broke from a Pitfour corner, it looked like they would, but he saw Moncrieff push his effort round the post.

The Ferry man was thwarted by Pitfour’s keeper again when he saw a long-range effort kept out. Stevie Grogan nearly made it three after a powerful run down the left, but his low strike whistled past the post.

Marcus McLaren had Pitfour’s first chance of the second half but Lyttle was equal to it. Ferry extended their lead when, in an attempt to head the ball back to Moncrieff, James Fairweather headed the ball into the Pitfour net.

Just like with their first goal, Ferry scored again moments later. A long free kick caused a scramble in the Pitfour goal mouth, which allowed Blair Milne to bundle the ball over the line.

Ferry weren’t done there and with the wind behind them, looked to add to their lead. Lockheart smacked in his sides fifth from 25 yards after 56 minutes.

To their credit, Pitfour continued to try and play their game, a task that was made more difficult playing into the wind. With four minutes left, Lockheart curled in another long-range effort to complete the scoring.

This will be a tough one to take for Pitfour, who didn’t deserve to be on the end of a 6-1 score line. The tempo and intensity at which they played the first 25 minutes of the match were remarkable, and they forced Ferry into several uncharacteristic mistakes. Losing two goals in the space of a minute was a blow that they, like many teams would, struggled to recover from.

In the second half, the conditions were against them and the effects of their early pressing began to show as Ferry took control. Despite the unfortunate nature of the goals they conceded, they kept trying to play passing football and kept fighting to the final whistle. They will turn their attention to the Ross Ballantine Cup semi-finals, which give them another chance of reaching a cup final.

As for Ferry, this result continues their incredible season. After losing 4-3 to Riverside last week, they responded perfectly to falling behind in this match, and once they went in front, they controlled the match. They will face Carnoustie at North End Park on the 15th of April in what is sure to be another high quality game.

  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 6-1
  • Pitfour FC

Lineups

Ferry Athletic
Pitfour FC
1. Finlay Lyttle
3. Haydn Farmingham
4. Gene Taylor
5. Euan Reekie
6. McKenzie Martin
7. Blaike Kyles
8. Stevie Grogan
9. Will Hanbury
10. Dylan Gill
11. Cameron Coll
12. Cormac McCarthy
14. Blair Milne
15. Luke Conway
16. Jamie Doig
17. Josh Reekie
18. Adam Snedden
19. Aiden Lockheart
20. Aiden Cobb
1. Ewan Moncrieff
2. Thomas Finnigan
4. Adam Leese
5. Connor Scott
6. Andrew Kinnear
7. Brodie Pollock
8. Cole Dewar
9. Lewis Anderson
10. Charlie Milne
11. Thomas Drysdale
12. Denim Clark
14. Marcus McLaren
15. James Fairweather
20. Ethan Forber
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Pitfour FC
Aiden Lockheart - Scored two and set up another in a strong performance. Used the ball well and remained calm under pressure.
Adam Leese - Pitfour's skipper lead by example, driving his side forward and bagging their goal.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Pitfour FC
Kyles' Goal - A very difficult finish made to look simple by Ferry's talismanic forward.
Leese's Goal - A cracking strike that gave his side a deserved lead.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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