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Jake makes the grade as Fairmuir see off Logie

Logie Harp 0

Fairmuir BC 2

Grady 7', 8'
  • Sunday, 01 October 2017
  • Fairmuir Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Maryfield League

Andrew Creegan

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Jake Grady’s quickfire double took Fairmuir joint top of the Maryfield League. The striker scored twice in two minutes as Fairmuir knocked Logie Harp out of second place.

Harp are the league’s top scorers, and would have been ahead inside three minutes if not for a goal line clearance from Evan Adam.

Jake Grady is Fairmuir’s top scorer in all competitions this season, and he added to his tally after eight minutes. Matthew Nelson provided the pass in behind the Harp defence, and Grady made no mistake with a composed chip over Samuel Ross.

Lighting struck twice for the Fairmuir forward, who curled a shot past the helpless Ross a minute after the opener. It was a dream start for Fairmuir, who found themselves two to the good inside the first 10 minutes.

The pitch and conditions were not compatible with a free-flowing game of football, as both sides went direct in search of goals. Brian Harris had an effort blocked and Keir Murray brought a save out of Cammy Hendry as the hosts looked for a way back in to the match.

Lennox Slater headed over from close range on the half hour mark. It was a golden chance that the big striker really should have taken.

  • Half Time:
  • Logie Harp
  • 0-2
  • Fairmuir BC

With the pitch continuing to deteriorate as the match went on, chances on goal were becoming rarer and rarer. Hendry did well to push a fierce drive from Slater round the post after 62 minutes.

Logie were seeing most of the ball in the second half, but couldn’t convert their possession into chances. Fairmuir were being similarly wasteful with the opportunities they created.

A rare lapse in concentration from the Fairmuir defence gave Bailey McIlroy the chance to reduce the deficit in injury time, but he fired straight at Hendry, as Fairmuir held on to take the points.

This was a disappointing result for Logie, who have made a fine start to the season. If you give any side a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes, you’re always going to struggle.

Going forward, they will take points off teams and should aim finish in the top half of the league.

In the English Premier League, any team that considers themselves title contenders have to prove they can play on a cold, rainy Tuesday night in Stoke. Today, Fairmuir won on a dreich, Sunday afternoon at Fairmuir Park, which could end up being one of their biggest wins of the season.

With three draws from their opening four league games, and two of their title rivals Dryburgh and Jeanfield Blacks not in action, three points were a must today. And what could have been a potential banana skin provided the three points that take them level with Dryburgh at the top of the table, albeit with two more games played.

This wasn’t going to be a test of their footballing ability, rather a test of their character and their fight. A test they passed with flying colours. Once Jake Grady inflicted the early damage onto Logie, Fairmuir controlled the game, and other than the odd half chance, kept the hosts where they wanted them throughout the 80 minutes.   

If they can show the same fight and desire over the rest of the season, then this could be one to remember for Fairmuir.

  • Full Time:
  • Logie Harp
  • 0-2
  • Fairmuir BC


Logie Harp
Fairmuir BC
1. Samuel Ross
2. Sean Anderson
3. David King
4. Daniel Berry
5. Josh Fyffe
6. Ben McCafferty
7. Jack Buist
8. Nathan Thomson
9. Gregor Cameron
10. Lennox Slater
11. Bailey McIlroy
12. Keir Murray
13. Connor Donnan
14. Finlay Armstrong
15. Brian Harris
16. Mustafa Panchbhaya
1. Cameron Hendry
2. Evan Adam
3. Mark McCrory
4. Alex Stewart
5. Ben Tolmie
6. Seff Mohammed
8. Ross Hazel
9. Jake Grady
10. Jamie Timmons
14. Jack Whyte
17. Ethan Samson
18. Josh Hamilton
20. Kane Hynes
22. Fraser Nelson
23. Matthew Nelson
Star Player
Logie Harp
Fairmuir BC
Brian Harris - The Logie wideman was full of energy, and looked dangerous going forward. Put in some threatening deliveries, and was unfortunate nobody could convert them.
Evan Adam - An excellent performance from the central defender who kept the dangerous Slater quiet. He and his defensive colleagues handled everything that was thrown at them, and got a well earned clean sheet, albeit at the expense of clean shirts.
Magic Moment
Logie Harp
Fairmuir BC
Slater's Second Half Chance - A good strike that brought a fine save out of Hendry.
Grady's First Goal - A deft chip that got his side off to the perfect start.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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