The second half began in the fashion that most of the first had been played. Ferry captain Greg Breen saw his effort kept out by Duncan, before Ferry keeper Josh Westgarth denied Connor Spence.
Duncan had to be at his best after 52 minutes, producing a fine stop to deny Daniel Ogilvie. Despite their dominance for most of the match, there was a sense that a one goal lead was never going to be enough for Ferry, and they were nearly caught out after 54 minutes, as Willie Banyard cleared the ball off the line following a Riverside corner.
The visitors would get their equaliser, and in spectacular fashion after 55 minutes. The resulting corner was cleared as far as Jack Terroni, who’s effort from the top of box smacked against the cross bar, and bounced over the line.
Ferry were next to threaten, again through Breen. The midfielder brining another fine save out of Duncan. Anderson cut the ball back to Ogilvie on the hour mark, but he sliced his effort wide.
Riverside were beginning to impose themselves on the game, and with just six minutes remaining, took the lead. The visitors were awarded a free kick on the left-hand side of the box and Paul Traynor stepped up and curled a superb effort into the top corner of the net. (The Riverside man’s effort a near perfect replica of Wayne Rooney’s 250th goal for Manchester United against Stoke).
As Ferry pushed for an equaliser, Riverside managed to break in search of a third, but Terroni’s effort was kept out by Westgarth. Ferry couldn’t create another chance in the time remaining, meaning it will be Riverside that advance to the cup final.
This result will be a tough one to take for Ferry, who could and should have had the game killed off by half time. As the game continued at 1-0, it was clear that a nervousness crept into their play and ultimately allowed Riverside back into the game, albeit through two magnificent goals.
This group of Riverside players are just 80 minutes away from picking up their first ever trophy, and while they will go into the final against Dryburgh as underdogs, it’s important to remember that they haven’t reached the final by accident, and the underdogs might just have their day.