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Ferry break Broughty hearts in John Clark Motors Cup final

Broughty United 1

Howe 22

Ferry Athletic 2

Donnelly (p) 57, E. Stewart 62
  • Sunday, 13 May 2018
  • North End Park
  • Under 16´s
  • John Clark Motors Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Goals from Brandon Donnelly and Ewan Stewart clinched the John Clark Motors Cup for Ferry Athletic as they came from behind to beat Broughty United, who opened the scoring through Callum Howe.

Both meetings of these sides in the league ended in draws and there was little between them in the opening stages. Brandon Donnelly flashed a free kick wide as Ferry looked for the opening goal.

Ferry were seeing most of the ball but couldn’t test Gregor Tweed in the Broughty goal. With 22 minutes gone, Broughty opened the scoring.

A corner was missed by Kieran Barron and fell to Callum Howe, whose cross-cum-shot was misjudged by Connor Milton and ended up in the net.

Ferry’s response was almost instant as a long free kick broke to Louie Porter, but his close-range effort was kept out by Tweed. At the other end, Liam Clark went close with a free kick from 25 yards.

With half time approaching Ferry went close to grabbing the equaliser. Porter picked out Greg Breen with a cross, who played the ball into the path of William Banyard, whose shot was blocked by a defender, before being met by Ewan Stewart, but his header was straight at Tweed.

  • Half Time:
  • Broughty United
  • 1-0
  • Ferry Athletic

Porter brought another save out of Tweed seconds after the restart before Broughty’s Simon Sharpe fired a shot into the side netting. Zak Foran mistimed a header which presented Clark with the ball at the edge of the box, but Milton was quick off his line to smother the shot.

Jake Stewart was denied twice in quick succession by Tweed as Ferry looked for the equaliser and when Donnelly was taken down by Harry Eaton in the box, they had their route back into the match. Donnelly stepped up and coolly dispatched the penalty to bring Ferry level.

Five minutes later, Porter released Ewan Stewart who raced clear of the Broughty defence and slipped the ball under Tweed to put Ferry ahead. It was a sucker punch for Broughty who found themselves behind with 18 minutes remaining.

Porter nearly added a third for Ferry moments later but could only head over from a corner. Luke Queen was denied by Tweed with five minutes remaining.

Jake Stewart had the chance to put the game to bed two minutes into injury time after the ball was squared to him, but he blazed the ball over with the goal at his mercy, but it didn’t matter as Ferry held on to secure the silverware.

This was a case of Deja vu for Broughty, who suffer a cup final defeat for the second season in a row. Once again, they didn’t freeze on the big stage and were more than a match for Ferry for most of the game. They will hope that next season will be third time lucky for them in the cup competitions.

As for Ferry, this was far from a vintage performance, but they managed to win the game, which is the sign of a good team. They return to North End Park in two weeks to take on Fairmuir in the final of the Queen’s Jubilee Cup as they look to add another cup to their trophy cabinet.

  • Full Time:
  • Broughty United
  • 1-2
  • Ferry Athletic

Lineups

Broughty United
Ferry Athletic
1. Gregor Tweed
2. Harry Eaton
3. Kyle Cox
4. Jamie Ross
5. Jack Mitchell
7. Callum Howe
8. Jack Gordon
9. Simon Sharpe
10. Robbie McDonald
11. Conor Fyffe
12. Robbie Johnson
14. Kieran Bannon
16. Liam Clark
17. Kieran Webb
21. Connor Milton
2. Zak Foran
3. Daniel Garmany
4. Greg Breen
5. Jake Strachan
6. Reece Muir
8. Jake Stewart
9. Jaye McGrath
10. Daniel Ogilvie
11. William Banyard
14. Louie Porter
15. Brandon Donnelly
16. Louie Anderson
17. Luke Queen
25. Ewan Stewart
Star Player
Broughty United
Ferry Athletic
Kyle Cox - There were several standouts amongst the Broughty players particularly in the defence, and Cox was key to all of their good work, making countless interceptions and tackles as well as being strong in the air.
Louie Porter - Pulled the strings in the midfield and set up the winner with a superb long pass. A top performance from the Ferry man.
Magic Moment
Broughty United
Ferry Athletic
Howe's Goal - Not the most glamorous goal, but one that gave Broughty the lead and the hope they could win the cup.
Stewart's Goal - The striker inflicted cup final heartache on Broughty for the second season in a row with a clinical finish from close range.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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