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McCann magic sees Fairmuir lift Queen's Jubilee Cup

Pitfour FC 1

Alcorn 41'

Fairmuir BC 2

McCann 55', 80+3'
  • Sunday, 31 March 2019
  • North End Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Queen's Jubilee Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Jamie McCann’s injury time goal sealed Fairmuir their first piece of silverware in the form of the Queen’s Jubilee Cup as they beat Pitfour.

McCann, who had earlier levelled after Ally Alcorn opened the scoring, converted Mason Anderson’s cross in the third minute of injury time to win the cup for Fairmuir.

This was the second meeting of these sides in seven days, with Pitfour emerging victorious from the previous weekend’s East Region Cup clash.

It was Pitfour’s keeper Archie Kelly-Barton that was first to be called into action as he punched away a corner under pressure before keeping out Mason Anderson’s follow-up effort.

The opening stages were more a war of attrition than a free-flowing affair with Jordan Turnbull’s wayward strike summing up both side’s fortune in front of goal.

Fairmuir were seeing more of the ball but struggled to break through Pitfour’s defence. One occasion where Pitfour were exposed saw Anderson play in Zain Ferguson down the right before Kelly-Barton kept out the winger’s near post effort.

The loose ball fell for Nick Fletcher, but he could only lash the ball high over the bar.

  • Half Time:
  • Pitfour FC
  • 0-0
  • Fairmuir BC

After a lacklustre first half, Pitfour wasted no time going ahead in the second half. Rory Harrower’s powerful header was misjudged by Aidan McCann, allowing Ally Alcorn to dart in and flick the ball past Shaun Watt to open the scoring.

Fairmuir were looking to breakthrough Pitfour’s defence, and with 55 minutes played they did just that; Marcel Motyka won the ball in the Pitfour half and found Jamie McCann, who touched the ball round Andrew Allan before coolly slotting past Kelly-Barton to level the score.

Alcorn tested Watt with a strike from the edge of the box before Motyka sent a volley wide for Fairmuir.

Kieran Forber then went close to putting Pitfour ahead when he squeezed the ball towards goal from a tight angle, only for Aidan McCann to clear the ball from danger. At the other end, Motyka played in Anderson, whose low drive was well saved by Kelly-Barton.

Both teams were looking for a second goal late on, but - as they had been for most of the game - the defences were on top.

Fairmuir had a chance when Harrower misjudged a header into the path of Godswill Oke, but the substitute could only fire straight at Kelly-Barton.

With the game in its third minute of injury time and penalties seemingly needed to separate the sides, Fairmuir grabbed the winning goal. Nick Fletcher released Anderson with a searching ball and the midfielder took a touch before clipping the ball to Jamie McCann, who was unmarked at the back post to guide the ball into the net and win Fairmuir the game.

  • Full Time:
  • Pitfour FC
  • 1-2
  • Fairmuir BC


Pitfour FC
Fairmuir BC
1. Archie Kelly-Barton
2. Rory Harrower
3. Ross Cameron
5. Kairn Brand
6. Charlie Edward
8. Andrew Allan
10. Oliver Farquharson
11. Alistar Alcorn
12. Kieran Sweeney
14. Rory Lamond
15. Kieran Forber
17. Elliot Scott
18. Jordan Turnbull
1. Shaun Watt
2. Callum Rae
3. Liam Hunt
4. Jack Wilkie
5. Marcel Motyka
6. Godswill Oke
9. Nicholas Fletcher
10. Jamie McCann
11. Graeme Stewart
12. Zain Ferguson
14. Nairn MacDonald
15. Robbie Flynn
16. Aidan McCann
23. Mason Anderson
Star Player
Pitfour FC
Fairmuir BC
Rory Harrower - Pitfour's defence dealt with just about everything Fairmuir threw at them, with Harrower's countless blocks, challenges and headers playing a big part in their defensive effort.
Jamie McCann - It was a quiet game for McCann against one of the best defence's in the league but his two moments of magic showed why is he so highly thought of amongst his peers and gave him and his teammates a day to remember.
Magic Moment
Pitfour FC
Fairmuir BC
Alcorn's Goal - An instinctive finish from Pitfour's main marksman that got the second half off to the perfect start for Pitfour.
McCann's Second Goal - A fantastic pass from Fletcher to start the move and superb vision from Anderson meant it was a simple finish McCann to end Fairmuir's wait for silverware.
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