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Dryburgh tie Fairmuir at top of G Taylor League table with win over Ferry

Ferry Athletic 0

Dryburgh Athletic 4

Nelson 9', Heary 10', Mcnaughton 28', Tosh 47'
  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017
  • Dawson Park
  • Under 15´s
  • G Taylor League

Andrew Creegan

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Dryburgh Athletic moved level with Fairmuir at the top of the G Taylor League table with a comfortable 4-0 win over Ferry Athletic. Goals from Aidan Nelson, Sol Heary, Ross Mcnaughton and Daryl Tosh secured the three points for Dryburgh, who need just a point from their final game of the season against Riverside to be confirmed as outright champions.

Ferry only had 11 players available for the match, and started with defender Jaye McGrath in goal. Aidan Nelson was the first Dryburgh player to test the stand in goalkeeper, but the Ferry man was equal to Nelson’s effort.

The Dryburgh captain did open the scoring after nine minutes. Nelson sent his free kick from 35 yards straight over McGrath’s head and into the net.

Dryburgh doubled their lead a minute later through Sol Heary. A long ball was misjudged by McGrath and his defenders, leaving Heary with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

Ferry were trying to knock the ball about, but couldn’t get support to Owen McCord upfront. McGrath made an unorthodox save to deny Ross Mcnaughton after 22 minutes. The goalkeeper chesting Mcnaughton's shot around the post.

With 28 minutes gone, Dryburgh added a third. Mcnaughton worked the space at the top of the box and curled the ball into the bottom left hand corner. It was a fine strike from the midfielder that any goalkeeper would have struggled to keep out.

McGrath did well to smother Marcus Gray’s close range effort before Heary volleyed over from close range, just as the half time whistle sounded.


  • Half Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 0-3
  • Dryburgh Athletic

Ferry began the second half with Greg Breen in goal but it was Dryburgh keeper Aaron Cosgrove that nearly conceded the first goal of the second half. Louie Anderson’s dipping strike to a wicked bounce that nearly caught the goalie out, but the ball bounced over the bar.

Dryburgh added a fourth seven minutes after the restart. Daryl Tosh driving in from the left before beating Breen at the near post.

Breen was equal to Mcnaughton's effort on the hour mark. The Ferry man kicking Mcnaughton’s shot away from danger.

A very, very uneventful last 15 minutes’ saw Dryburgh take all three points.

This is a disappointing way to end the season for Ferry, but they should still be pleased of their season. If they can keep this squad together and a few new faces, there’s no reason they won’t be at the top end of the table and in the latter rounds of the cup competitions.

As for Dryburgh, this result takes them level with Fairmuir at the top of the table on 40 points. With Fairmuir having completed all their fixtures, a point from their final game against Riverside will see them crowned outright champions, and complete the treble.


  • Full Time:
  • Ferry Athletic
  • 0-4
  • Dryburgh Athletic


Ferry Athletic
Dryburgh Athletic
12. Jaye McGrath
2. Zak Foran
4. Daniel Ogilvie
5. Dylan Divers
6. Greg Breen
8. Jake Strachan
9. Owen McCord
14. William Banyard
16. Louie Anderson
20. Luke Queen
23. Louie Porter
99. Aaron Cosgrove
2. Ryan McKay
7. Ross Mcnaughton
8. Marcus Gray
9. Ewan Stewart
10. Ben Wilson
11. Sol Heary
14. Daryl Tosh
15. Keillor Lowe
16. Cory Finnigan
17. Jamie Gelly
25. Aidan Nelson
33. Kalin Jones
35. Arron Flynn
74. Brandon Mcginnis
77. Dylan Smeaton
Star Player
Ferry Athletic
Dryburgh Athletic
Daniel Ogilvie - Always tried to play out from the back and did well against the Dryburgh wingers. A committed performance that he should be proud of.
Aaron Flynn - A solid performance against the hard working McCord. Looked dangerous when he went forward and used the ball well.
Magic Moment
Ferry Athletic
Dryburgh Athletic
McGrath's Chested Save - I've seen lots of different saves this season, but this was the first time I've seen a keeper chest the ball round the post. Its uniqueness made it magic.
Mcnaughton's Goal - A fine strike that most keepers would have struggled with.
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