Ferry Yellows gave departing manager Graham Bell the perfect send off, beating Letham Tangerines by seven goals to two, and winning the Henry Dolan Cup in the process. Ferry were ahead within 10 minutes, and had a 3-0 lead at the break. They added a fourth shortly after the restart, a fifth in-between the two Letham goals, and two more in the closing stages of the match.
The opening chance of the game came the way of Ferry after just 90 seconds. Striker Jack McMillan sent his volley just off target. His strike partner Kyle Anderson was next to threaten the Letham goal. His effort pushed over the bar by goalkeeper Michael Patton.
The resulting corner was met by Ferry defender Cameron McFie, but he couldn’t get his effort on target. The warning signs were there for Letham, who were beginning to grow into the match. Despite this, it would be Ferry that would open the scoring.
Kieran Paton's good play on the right wing created space for Ross Nicholson, who crossed the ball into the area. A deflection on the cross took the ball to Anderson at the edge of the area, who volleyed the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Ferry would go close to doubling their lead after 21 minutes. Rory Faulkner hooked the ball across the face of goal, but the Letham defence managed to clear the danger. Letham’s Josh Davidson sent his effort from distance wide of the target.
Ferry should have been further ahead after 23 minutes. Anderson managed to get through one-on-one with Patton, but he could only hit his effort straight at the goalkeeper.
Ferry wouldn’t have to wait much longer for their second goal. Following a foul on Faulkner, Jay Foran’s free kick was headed home by McMillan, and Ferry were now two goals to the good.
Moments later, they had a third and it was McMillan once again. This time the frontman robbed Douglas Thom on the edge of the Letham penalty area, and stroked the ball past Patton.
Letham went close after 29 minutes as Rian Shillan’s free kick needed to be tipped over by Ferry goalkeeper Ross Farmer. However, the half ended with Ferry playing some nice football and in a controlled position. Faulkner, in particular, was proving to be the root cause of much of the Letham defence's problems.