Fairmuir met Dryburgh for the third time this season, this time in the Dundee West Anniversary Cup final. Top of the league Dryburgh had come out on top in the two previous meetings, and took the lead early on in the match with Fairmuir going on to level the game mid-way through the first half. Both sides found the net in the in the last minute of the game, resulting in a penalty shootout, that Fairmuir would go on to win.
The first chance of the game came the way of Fairmuir after just 28 seconds. Josh Hamilton found Jake Grady who was denied by Dryburgh goalkeeper Aaron Cosgrove. The forward was unable to keep the rebound on target.
After two minutes, it was Dryburgh that took the lead. Aidan Nelson’s pass looked to have been dealt with by Fairmuir goalkeeper Cameron Hendry, but the ball somehow evaded the goalkeeper, gifting Sol Heary the opening goal of the match.
It was Healy causing the Fairmuir backline problems again, this time the forward got on the end of a loose ball in the penalty area, but Hendry managed to block his effort. Ewan Stewart couldn’t hit the target with his follow up effort.
Ryan Smith went close for Fairmuir after 12 minutes. Mark McCrory brought the ball out of defence and managed to win a free kick 35 yards from goal. Smith sent his effort just over the crossbar, with some of the spectators thinking the ball had found the back of the net.
With 21 minutes played, Dryburgh won a corner. The cross was cleared by Seff Mohammed, who managed to get the ball to Smith. The striker, who was in his own half of the pitch, turned and drove into the Dryburgh half, making it all the way to the penalty area, before slotting the ball under Cosgrove in the Dryburgh goal and bringing Fairmuir level.
This goal gave Fairmuir a lift, with McCrory getting on the end of a Smith free kick, but he couldn’t generate enough power on his header to trouble Cosgrove. Mohammed also had an effort on goal, but couldn’t beat Cosgrove.