Graeme Stewart’s first half goal secured all three points for Fairmuir in their League Cup group tie against Arbroath Lads. The striker capitalised on an error from Arbroath keeper Shaun Watt, and put Fairmuir in pole position to reach the semi-finals in the process.
Fairmuir started on the front foot, winning a series of corners in the opening exchanges, but Arbroath managed to deal with all of Ruari Henry’s deliveries. Goalkeeper Shaun Watt was called into action after four minutes, pulling off a fine save to deny Graeme Stewart. Kai Guild was the next Fairmuir player to threaten the Arbroath goal, the defender dragging his left foot shot just wide after nine minutes.
Arbroath were struggling to get into the game, playing uphill in the first half meant striker Nairn Beaton was being starved of service. Fairmuir on the other hand were looking dangerous, Liam Hunt firing wide after 13 minutes.
With 17 minutes gone, Fairmuir got the goal that their dominance merited. Henry’s long ball looked to be simple enough for the Arbroath defence to deal with, but Watt’s kick sliced into the path of Graeme Stewart, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net. An unfortunate moment for the Arbroath keeper, but credit to the Fairmuir man for applying the pressure that forced the error.
Fairmuir continued to press forward, defender Nathan Stewart shooting wide after 22 minutes. His central defensive partner Guild nearly doubled the hosts lead with six minutes of the first half remaining, but his header came back off the woodwork before being cleared.