Kai Meldrum’s late header secured a victory for Ferry Athletic in the derby against Douglas Lads. In what was a back and forth match Douglas lead 3-1 early in the second half, but Ferry rallied and managed to secure all three points.
The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Kieran McDade. The 13-year-old passed away on Friday, after collapsing during a training session the week previous. The minute’s silence was well observed by both sets of players, coaches and parents.
Ferry started the game on the front foot and were nearly ahead inside 2 minutes. Kai Meldrum picked out Declan Murray with a cross, but the midfielders effort was cleared off the line and the rebound sailed over the bar.
The visitors continued to look dangerous and should have been ahead after 7 minutes. Adam Lees raced on to Jay Sorrie’s pass and was in one on one with the Douglas goalkeeper Aaron Livie. The Ferry frontman attempted to chip Livie, but scooped the ball over the bar.
The warning signs were there for Douglas and after 9 minutes they were behind. The hosts failed to clear a Ferry corner and the ball broke to Moby Ogunlaja. The midfielder did well to steer his low left foot volley past Livie, giving Ferry a deserved lead.
Ferry had the perfect chance to double their lead just three minutes later. Lees was bundled over inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. Ogunlaja stepped up, but his low effort came off the outside of the post, and out for a goal kick.
As the half went on, Ferry continued to apply pressure to the Douglas goal. Livie made a fine save to deny Sorrie and the rebound wouldn’t fall for Lees, who would have had an empty net to shoot at.
With 22 minutes played, a moment of controversy occurred. Douglas forward Luke Miller appeared to have grabbed his side an equaliser after an error from Aaron Caird. The ball appeared to have nestled in the side netting, resulting in celebrations from the Douglas player, but the referee said no goal and Ferry cleared the ball.
The hosts wouldn’t have to wait long until they were level. Miller, who thought he had brought his side level a few minutes previous got the goal, turning the ball in from close range following a corner.
The goal seemed to spark Douglas into life and two minutes later, they were ahead. Cody Logue’s effort from the top of the box deflected off Sam Grimes, wrong footing Caird in the process, and ended up in the net. Things almost got better for Douglas as Logue nearly doubled his tally, but his effort crashed of the crossbar.
At half time Douglas could feel a tad fortunate to be in the lead. Ferry were dominant in the opening exchanges and should have been further ahead. However, the hosts had done well to get themselves in front at the break.