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.