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Red hot Heenan flattens Ferry in 10-goal classic

Fairmuir BC 6

Norrie 5, 23 (p), Heenan 6, 39, Cunningham 46, 67

Ferry Athletic 4

Lockhart 28, 33, 38, 67
  • Sunday, 02 September 2018
  • Graham Street
  • Under 14´s
  • DS Rennie League

Andrew Creegan

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Braces from Stuart Heenan, Leo Norrie and Thomas Cunningham helped Fairmuir keep up their 100% start to the season. The Ross Ballantine Cup holders picked up their third consecutive win despite Aiden Lockhart scoring four times from Ferry.

Despite this being their second season at 11-a-side football, these two sides have already forged up a heated rivalry.

Fairmuir’s Stuart Heenan came into the game with 10 games to his name after the opening two games, and he made his intentions clear with a powerful run and strike that was narrowly wide in the opening minute.

Blaike Kyles scored six in Ferry’s first win of the season but was denied by Kieran Thomson from close range before Aiden Lockhart tested the Fairmuir stopper with a free kick.

Fairmuir broke the deadlock after five minutes when Heenan burst clear of the Ferry defence and squared the ball for Leo Norrie, who had a simple finish from close range for his fifth goal of the season.

Ferry were shell-shocked by the opener and were punished again seconds later as Heenan latched onto a through pass and slotted a shot past the oncoming Finlay Lyttle from 30 yards.

The keeper was caught in no-man’s-land for the second goal but redeemed himself moments later as he kept out a stinging strike from Heenan inside the box. At the other end, Will Hanbury was denied by Thomson.

After the frantic start to the game, the game calmed down into a midfield battle, as Ferry looked for a way through the Fairmuir defence.

When Norrie went down on the angle of the penalty area, Fairmuir had a chance to extend their advantage. The striker dusted himself down and drilled the ball past Lyttle to put Fairmuir three to the good.

Heenan rounded the Ferry keeper as Fairmuir looked to put Ferry to the sword and it took a perfectly timed sliding tackle from Josh Reekie to deny him a tap in.

It proved to be a valuable bit of defending from the Ferry man as Aidan Lockhart found the net to hand Ferry a lifeline.

Lockhart had shown himself to be a set piece specialist as Ferry won the double last season and he took that status to new heights after 32 minutes. The midfielder fired a free kick from the half way line over Thomson to reduce the deficit in spectacular fashion.

Heenan went close twice before the referee brought a breath-taking first half to an end.

  • Half Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 3-2
  • Ferry Athletic

Liam Cargill tested Thomson at the start of the second half, before Lockhart completed his hat trick in style, firing a half volley from the right wing over Thomson to bring Ferry level.

The visitors joy would prove to be short lived as Heenan curled a shot past Lyttle into the top corner from 25 yards to put Fairmuir back in front less than a minute later.

Fairmuir extended their lead when a clearance from Jamie Fraser caused problems in the Ferry defence. Lyttle could only punch the ball as far as Thomas Cunningham under pressure, who made no mistake with a clinical strike into the empty net.

Kyles had a chance for Ferry when the ball dropped kindly for him in the box but saw James Barclay block his shot before Cunningham added his second and Fairmuir’s sixth with a cross-cum-shot from the right.

Brodie Cussick brought a save out of Lyttle with a strike from 20 yards before Lockhart took his total for the day to four with another free kick that Thomson couldn’t keep out.

Heenan ended the day as he had started it, shooting wide after a powerful run into the Ferry box as Fairmuir held on to take all three points.

As has often been the case with Ferry, it took them falling behind before they started to play, and ultimately their slow start proved to be their undoing. To their credit, they stuck to their principles and matched Fairmuir for spells in the match.

In Aiden Lockhart, they have a player who is either the luckiest player to lace up a pair of football boots, or a genius. His four goals were all of the highest quality and be in no doubt that his second and third goals were intentional.

While today didn’t go their way, there is plenty of football to be played between now and the end of the season, and this Ferry squad have already shown they know how to perform under pressure on the biggest stages and as defending champions, they won’t give up their titles without a fight.

As for Fairmuir, Ferry proved to be their boggy team last year, beating them to the league title and knocking them out of the Scottish Cup. It was clear they weren’t going to let Ferry settle from the first whistle and they were rewarded with two early goals.

In Stuart Heenan, they have a player playing at the top of his games, who with 12 goals in three games, is going to cause problems for every defender he faces this season. His power and speed on and off the ball is second to none, and his finishing suggests he is going to better the 39 goals he bagged last season.

Fairmuir tasted success in the form of the Ross Ballantine Cup last year, and if they can keep up their early season consistency, they may well be adding more silverware to their trophy cabinet.

  • Full Time:
  • Fairmuir BC
  • 6-4
  • Ferry Athletic

Lineups

Fairmuir BC
Ferry Athletic
20. Kieran Thomson
2. Jamie Fraser
3. Xander Barclay
4. Lewis Hornshaw
5. James Barclay
6. Brodie Cussick
7. Finlay Garty
8. Corey Finnie
9. Leo Norrie
10. Stuart Heenan
11. Harrison Smith
12. Kieran Duguid
14. Thomas Cunningham
15. Ryan Mulholland
16. Reece Suttenwood
17. Dylan Anderson
1. Finlay Lyttle
3. Matteo Cabrelli
4. Gene Taylor
6. McKenzie Martin
7. Blaike Kyles
9. Will Hanbury
10. Dylan Gill
11. Cameron Coll
12. Cormac McCarthy
14. Blair Milne
16. Liam Cargill
17. Josh Reekie
18. Adam Snedden
19. Aiden Lockhart
20. Aiden Cobb
21. Harrison Whittet
Star Player
Fairmuir BC
Ferry Athletic
Stuart Heenan - Fairmuir's leading marksman was too hot for Ferry to handle, causing problems with and without the ball. His second goal capped off a perfect afternoon for him and his teammates.
Aiden Lockhart - Little more could be asked of the midfielder, who battled all game long and scored all of Ferry's goals. Despite the result, Lockhart can keep his head held high on the back of this performance.
Magic Moment
Fairmuir BC
Ferry Athletic
Heenan's Second Goal - Not only was this a fantastic strike, but netting it just after Ferry had equalised knocked the stuffing out of the champions.
Lockhart's Second Goal - Few players have the audacity to try to score from the half way line, fewer have the ability to pull it off, but Lockhart did and kickstarted the Ferry comeback.
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