Ross Hazel’s late free kick handed Fairmuir a dramatic win over Ferry. Owen McColgan’s free kick looked to have won the game for Ferry until Kane Hynes headed Fairmuir level before Hazel netted in the final minutes.
Both sides were coming into the game on the back of opening day wins over Kirrie Thistle and Jeanfield Blacks respectively. Seven minutes had been played when Jake Stewart opened the scoring for Ferry with a low finish from close range.
Nairn Bonnar went close for Fairmuir in quick succession, first firing wide after being released by Jamie Timmons and secondly hitting the side netting after a powerful solo run.
For all their improvements since falling behind, Fairmuir were lacking a focal point in attack, while Ferry were looking dangerous going forward and doubled their advantage after 26 minutes. A free kick was played into the box from deep, and Greg Breen managed to connect with the ball and force it past Cammy Hendry from a few yards out.
Fairmuir introduced Jake Grady from the bench to try and force a way back into the tie, and the striker’s impact was instant as he released Bonnar down the left, who lashed a shot across Connor Milton to reduce the deficit.
Ferry nearly reinstated their two-goal lead when Louie Porter met a Breen corner, but his header was cleared. At the other end, Milton was on hand to keep out another fierce drive from Bonnar.
With half time approaching, Ferry broke from a Fairmuir corner and when Jackson Dobbie was downed by Evan Adam, they had the golden to extend their lead. Owen McColgan stepped up and slotted the ball past Hendry for his second goal in as many games.