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Ferry double puts Monifieth on cusp of G Taylor League title

Fairmuir BC 0

Monifieth Athletic 2

Ferry 34, 73
  • Tuesday, 08 May 2018
  • Graham Street
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Arran Ferry’s double put Monifieth on the verge of the G Taylor League title as they inflicted Fairmuir’s first league defeat of the season.

Monifieth knocked Fairmuir out of both domestic cups earlier in the season and nearly opened the scoring after eight minutes when Greg Will headed the ball towards goal, but Liam Hunt was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

Both these sides boast strong defensive records, meaning cleat cut chances were few and far between in the opening stages. Fairmuir’s Jamie McCann dragged a shot wide after a run from midfield.

Monifieth were nearly gifted the opener after 32 minutes when they pounced on a slack goal kick, but Arran Ferry didn’t capitalise as he fired a weak shot straight at Shaun Watt.

The striker did find the net two minutes later after being released by Elliot McCafferty. Ferry slotted past the oncoming Watt to hand Monifieth the lead.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 0-1
  • Monifieth Athletic

Thomas Welsh was called into action early in the second half as he kept out a strike from Jamie McCann. Mason Anderson fired wide from distance as Fairmuir searched for an equaliser.

At the other end, Bartosz Kwiatek flicked an Aiden Lorente cross over from close range while Jamie McCann was denied by Welsh again after being set up by Graeme Stewart.

Jamie McCann did manage to beat Welsh with a free kick after 63 minutes but saw the ball bounce off the post before the referee blew for a foul.

With seven minutes left, Monifieth scored again. Ferry powered his way into the box, holding off two Fairmuir defenders before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner.

This was a bad day at the office for Fairmuir, who were on top for long spells of the match but couldn’t break down the Monifieth defence. While they are not out of the title race, they are now relying on other results going their way and have no more margin for error.

As for Monifieth, this wasn’t pretty, but it was a disciplined performance that has put them on the verge of the league title. With only two league games left, two wins will be enough to clinch the title, although Fairmuir’s clash with Pitfour next week may leave them needing just one win.

One of their final two games is a home game with Pitfour who also know that if they can win all their remaining games they will retain the title, but with six games and an East Region Cup semi-final to play over the next two weeks, it seems that the championship trophy may well be rehomed in Monifieth.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 0-2
  • Monifieth Athletic

Lineups

Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
1. Shaun Watt
2. Jamie McCann
3. Liam Hunt
4. Jack Wilkie
5. Aidan McCann
6. Zain Ferguson
7. Damian Kunc
9. Graeme Stewart
11. Marcel Motyka
12. Nairn MacDonald
16. Mason Anderson
18. Callum Rae
1. Thomas Welsh
4. Aaron Dewar
5. Cameron Watts
6. Bartosz Kwiatek
7. Elliot McCafferty
8. Sean Kydd
9. Jamie Lannon
10. Aidan Lorente
11. Arran Ferry
12. Ross McLean
14. Paddy Boyle
16. Ben Dorward
17. Greg Will
18. Cameron Knight
20. Lewis Banks
22. Matthew Thoms
26. Dylan Ferguson
29. Ruari McQuillan
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
Jamie McCann - The midfielder was full of running and looked the most likely to unlock the Monifieth defence.
Arran Ferry - The big striker was a handful for the Fairmuir defence and bagged both the goals that put Monifieth on the verge of the title.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Monifieth Athletic
McCann's Free Kick - The closest Fairmuir came to a goal throuout the match. On another day, it may have crept in.
Ferry's First Goal - A superb pass from McCafferty and an instinctive finish from Ferry.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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