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Foran fires Ferry to Presidents League title

Fairmuir Violet 0

Ferry Athletic 3

Foran 25, 62, Fordyce 58
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018
  • Graham Street
  • Under 19´s
  • Presidents League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Jay Foran’s double fired Ferry Athletic to the Presidents League title at the expense of Fairmuir. The striker netted either side of Ross Fordyce’s volley as Ferry wrapped up the title with a game to spare.

A shock defeat to Monifieth Tayside meant Fairmuir had to win to keep their title hopes alive and they had two chances in the opening minute as Errol Vela was denied by David Beattie before Jaden Murphy dragged a shot wide.

Ross Bell penalty appeal was waved away when he went down inside the Ferry box. The ball eventually fell for Vela who could only shoot wide.

At the other end, Andy Kelly volleyed over after gathering Logan Irvine’s pass before firing over from Blair McCord’s cut back.

The opener did come for Ferry shortly after as Jay Foran powered his way into the box before sliding a shot underneath Steven Connor.

Beattie was deputising between the sticks for Ferry due to an injury picked up by Stewart Linton when the two sides met in the Peter MacAvoy Cup final, and he pulled off a fine fingertip save to keep out Ryan Scobie’s header.

Things nearly went from bad to worse for Fairmuir when Blair McCord pounced on a loose ball and went through one-on-one with Connor, but the Ferry man waited too long to pull the trigger allowing Ryan Bannon to deny him with a perfectly timed challenge.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir Violet
  • 0-1
  • Ferry Athletic

Both sides continued to battle into the second half, but it was Ferry that scored the second goal of the game after 58 minutes when a long ball fell for Ross Fordyce, who smacked home a half volley from 20 yards that Connor couldn’t keep out.

Ferry clinched the title four minutes later when Foran headed home from close range after Fairmuir failed to clear a long throw into the box.

In the closing stages, Ferry’s experience was on show as they kept Fairmuir at bay and clinched the title in the process.

This was a disappointing end to what has been a fine league campaign for Fairmuir. For most of the season they’ve matched Ferry but ultimately ran out of steam after lifting the Peter MacAvoy Cup.

They will have to pick themselves up ahead of their East Region Cup semi-final, which offers them another chance at silverware before the season is out.

As for Ferry, their experience of big matches was on show for all to see as they kept Fairmuir at arm’s length for most of the match. This makes it a league and cup double for them and a fitting end for a group of players who have known little but success throughout their Sunday league football careers.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir Violet
  • 0-3
  • Ferry Athletic

Lineups

Fairmuir Violet
Ferry Athletic
1. Steven Connor
2. Cameron Cruickshanks
3. Cameron Henderson
4. Ryan Bannon
5. Ryan Scobie
7. Robbie Gallagher
8. Cameron Tansey
9. Ryan McLaren
10. Jaden Murphy
11. John-Jay Murray Reid
15. Gary Ellis
14. Ross Bell
16. Jack Taylor
17. Errol Vela
12. David Beattie
1. Stewart Linton
3. Lewis Finnie
4. Blair McCord
5. Innes Middleton
6. Tom Banyard
8. Arran Smith
9. Kyle Anderson
10. Andy Lyall
11. Rory Faulkner
15. Jack Ferrier
16. Blaine Duncan
18. Ross Fordyce
20. Calum Ross
23. Jay Foran
24. Andy Kelly
Star Player
Fairmuir Violet
Ferry Athletic
Robbie Gallacher - The midfielder battled well in the midfield from the first whistle to the last.
Jay Foran - The striker was full of running and took both his goals well as he secured Ferry the title.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir Violet
Ferry Athletic
Bannon's tackle on McCord - The Fairmuir defender timed his tackle perfectly, and denied McCord a certain goal.
Fordyce's Goal - A superb volley worthy of winning the match and the league.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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