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Five star Fairmuir beat Dryburgh win the Brown Cup

Dryburgh Athletic 0

Fairmuir 5

Coupar 7, 19, 39, Murray 35+2, 45
  • Sunday, 10 May 2015
  • North End Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Brown Cup

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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Fairmuir are the Brown Cup champions after defeating Dryburgh Athletic 5-0 on Sunday. Two first-half goals from Jay Coupar and one from Keir Murray ensured that Fairmuir went into the break 3-0 up. Coupar completed his hat-trick after half time, and Murray added another himself, as Fairmuir enjoyed an impressive silverware winning display.

Fairmuir began the game at a high tempo with Jay Coupar firing them into a 1-0 lead just seven minutes in. The striker was put through on goal and slotted past the oncoming goalkeeper Arron Cosgrove comfortably.

Four minutes later Coupar threatened once more. He magnificently controlled a long ball delivered to his feet and it set him up for a clear run at goal. His pace took him away from the chasing pack and all that was left to beat was Cosgrove in goal. However, the Dryburgh number one rushed out to meet Coupar and dived down at his feet to grasp the ball. Great goalkeeping that was timed to perfection.

Soon afterwards Coupar did have his second goal of the game. In a similar vain to the opener, he was put through on goal via a beautiful pass from Josh Hamilton. Coupar kept his composure to slot home past Cosgrove who, this time, could not deny the Fairmuir forward. 

Dryburgh responded well after the second goal and started to regain some control of the game. While they searched for a goal they just could not work a clear opening for themselves.

In first-half stoppage time Fairmuir extended their lead to three. Logan Bonella delivered a corner kick into the Dryburgh box and Keir Murray was there to head the ball into the back of the net.

  • Half Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 0-3
  • Fairmuir

Shortly after the half time break Coupar grabbed his hat-trick to round off a hugely impressive individual performance. The powerful front man made a superb solo run, straight through the heart of the Dryburgh defence, before bulleting a fearsome shot towards the target. Cosgrove did well to get a hand to it but just could not keep out the fierce strike.

Shortly afterwards Mark McCrory came close for Fairmuir. The ball fell to his feet following a corner kick but he blazed his effort over the crossbar.

A couple of minutes later Dryburgh began to pressure the Fairmuir defence in search of a goal. Eventually an opening was created for Aylan Smeaton but his shot was well dealt with by Jamie Lockhart.

In the 45th minute of the match Fairmuir scored their fifth and final goal. Murray netted a finely executed second for himself. The pivotal midfielder was played through on goal, rounded the keeper, before swiveling and diverting the ball in.

The game settled down afterwards as Fairmuir controlled it at their own pace. They came close to scoring a sixth goal but the resulting effort was outstandingly cleared off the line by Dryburgh’s Keiliour Lowe.

As the final whistle went Fairmuir, and their vocal fan support, could afford to celebrate an excellent win. Both teams had clearly done exceptionally well to reach a cup final and are storng outfits in their own right. The day, however, belonged to Fairmuir. Their performance in the final was flawless and they proved to be worthy winners of the Brown Cup.

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  • Full Time:
  • Dryburgh Athletic
  • 0-5
  • Fairmuir


Dryburgh Athletic
1. Arron Cosgrove
2. Aylan Smeaton
3. Arron Flynn
4. Aidan Nelson
5. Cory Finnigan
6. Keiliour Lowe
7. George Pollock
8. Kalin Jones
9. Cameron Grant
10. Ben Wilson
11. Sol Heary
12. Ryan McKay
13. Jamie Gelly
14. Darryl Tosh
15. Marcus Gray
1. Jamie Lockhart
2. Evan Adam
3. Mark McCrory
4. Nathan Johnstone
5. Curtis Smythe
6. Jack Todd
7. Jay Kidd
8. Keir Murray
9. Logan Bonella
10. John Stewart
11. James Wilson
14. Jay Coupar
15. Liam Clark
17. Ethan Samson
18. Josh Hamilton
20. Blair Henderson
Star Player
Dryburgh Athletic
Aiden Nelson – The Dryburgh captain worked well in midfield and looked to set up teammates throughout the game with his passing. Never gave up until the very end.
Jay Coupar – Two stand out performances in this game and it was a close call between Coupar and Murray. Murray won the official man of the match award but, for me, Coupar’s hat-trick can’t be ignored. Pacey, strong and hard working. Pressured the Dryburgh defence constantly. One man of the match award each is fair right?
Magic Moment
Dryburgh Athletic
Lowe’s goal line clearance – this was a perfect example of Dryburgh’s never say die attitude. Excellent defending.
Coupar’s hat-trick goal – the run leading up to this goal was superb and made the strike special.
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