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Ferry snatch point in hard fought draw

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Ferry Athletic
Letham Sky Blues
Ryan Robb 86
Connor Galletly 44 (pen)


Under 17 M N T League
Dawson Park
01 September 2013

Michael Colville
By Mikey Colville
YFS East Region Reporter

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It looked to be a close game at Dawson Park, as both Ferry Athletic and Letham Sky Blues looked eager to kick the game off. The visitors started the game off well with a quick attack straight from the kick off. Letham looked dangerous, but it didn’t take long for Ferry to get into the game.
In the 10th minute, Letham player Rudi Brown sprinted down the wing. Brown looked to cut inside and drive into the box, but Kieran Macgregor made a superb tackle. Brown wasn’t far from scoring minutes later when he received a brilliant through ball. Brown controlled the ball well and tried to take the ball around the keeper but Ryan Myles won the ball bravely. 
Ferry nearly scored the first goal of the game in the 16th minute. Callum Faulkner skilfully beat a player then struck a low shot towards goal but the keeper made a spectacular diving save, managing to push the ball across the face of the goal. 
Ferry came close to scoring again, Gavin Cathro played a great pass to James Morrow who then took the ball past a couple of Letham players. Morrow then took a powerful shot at goal but the keeper made another good save. 
Letham’s Connor Galletly had a great chance in the 21st minute when he was played through into the box, but before he could shoot Steven Howie made a brilliant tackle and cleared the danger. Ferry won a corner soon after. The ball was swung into the box and Murray Irvine powered a header towards goal but it rattled off the cross bar. The ball bounced back into the box, and Lewis Swan managed to knock the rebound towards goal but it went narrowly over. 
Rudi Brown came close once again for Letham, he skilfully turned in the box and unleashed a powerful shot but Ryan Myles made another superb save. Letham had another chance minutes later when Connor Galletly played a nice pass to Kieron Kane who then took a shot from just outside the box. The shot looked to be going straight into the top corner but Ryan Myles managed to tip it over the bar.
Gavin Cathro had a chance to put Ferry in the lead in the 35th minute. Callum Faulkner crossed a brilliant ball into the Letham box. Cathro managed to control the ball well, beat a defender then strike the ball high towards the goal. It looked to be going in but the keeper made a fantastic reaction save. 
Letham had the perfect opportunity to take the lead before half time, as Ferry keeper Ryan Myles brought down Rudi Brown in the box who was dribbling towards goal. Connor Galletly stepped up to the spot confidently, and rightly so as he smashed the ball into the back of the net. Letham left the first half in the lead, but it was a very close game. Both teams were putting up a spectacular performance and it was hard to tell who would come out on top in the second half.
Half Time: Ferry Athletic 0-1 Letham Sky Blues
Ferry kicked off the second half, and looked eager to grab an equaliser. The first chance of the half came from a long ball into the Letham box. Murray Irvine got up in the air well and nodded the ball towards goal, but the keeper made a strong save and held the ball well. Letham countered straight after, Connor Galletly dribbled through into the box but before he could shoot Ryan Myles won the ball bravely. 
Ferry had their best chance of the half in the 54th minute. Steven Howie swung a great corner into the box, which was met by Murray Irvine’s header. The ball looked like it was heading into the back of the net, but was cleared just off the line. Minutes later Irvine had another chance, Callum Faulkner sent a fast paced cross into the box. Irvine managed to volley it towards the bottom right corner but the keeper got down low and held the ball well. 
Ross Gourley was substituted on for Ferry, and it didn’t take long for him to settle into the game. Gourley outpaced a Letham defender and the crossed a high ball into the box. Callum Faulkner leaped in the air to meet it but couldn’t direct it towards goal. 
Ferry were unlucky to not equalise in the 72nd minute. Kieran Macgregor made two fantastic sliding tackles in a row to stop a Letham attack. Macgregor then passed to Murray Irvine who played Callum Faulkner through into the box. Faulkner then skilfully beat a Letham defender and then placed his shot into the bottom corner. The shot looked certain to bring Ferry level, but it bounced off the inside post and back to the keeper. 
Ferry finally scored in the 86th minute, through substitute Ryan Robb. Robb dribbled through into the box, took the ball skilfully around a defender and then placed the ball calmly in the bottom corner making it 1-1. Letham continued to attack for the final few minutes in search of a late goal, but the final whistle blew and the match finished as a draw.
Both teams put in brilliant performances, the game was constantly played at a high tempo and had plenty of good chances. Ferry Athletic were unlucky to not score more, but Letham Tangerines defended well and had quite a few chances as well. 
Full Time: Ferry Athletic 1-1 Letham Sky Blues


Ferry Athletic Letham Sky Blues
1. Ryan Myles
2. Ryan Robb
3. Kieran Macphail
4. James Morrow
5. Ryan Low
6. Ross Gourley
7. Kieran Macgregor
8. Steven Howie
9. Gavin Cathro
10. Dylan Cook
11. Lewis Swan
12. Callum Faulkner
14. Matthew Macdonald
15. Murray Irvine
16. Callum Moodie
17. Raymond Forbes
1. Aidyn Murphy
2. Connor Galletly
3. Connor Park
4. Harry Probets
5. Drew McIntosh
6. Elliot Williamson
7. Frank Kenny
8. Kieron Kane
9. Hugh Cairney
10. Rory Pennycook
11. Mark Rimmer
12. Rory Myles
14. Ross Philips
15. Rudi Brown
16. Stuart Ingram
17. Callum Mackay
Ryan Myles was my man of the match because despite conceding the penalty he had a superb game and stopped many good chances.
Connor Galletly was my man of the match because he took his penalty well and always looked dangerous when attacking. His partnership with Rudi Brown was also impressive.
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Michael Colville

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