Blaike Kyles’ second half hat trick helped Ferry Athletic complete an astonishing comeback as they sealed a place in the semi final of the Diamond Jubilee Cup at the expense of Riverside. The visitors raced into a 3-0 half time lead, but Kyles’ treble and Will Hanbury’s late goal completed the Ferry comeback.
Riverside topped Group B, while Ferry were runners up behind Fairmuir in Group D. In the league, Ferry remain unbeaten, but they were caught off guard when Riverside took the lead inside six minutes.
Jude Young had the freedom of the penalty area at a corner kick, giving him an easy finish from close range.
The visitors were setting the tempo early on, and were two to the good after 11 minutes, when Jaydn Burnett hit a dipping shot into the top corner from 20 yards.
Ferry were struggling to impose themselves on the match, as Riverside searched for a third. Young hooked wide after 23 minutes before Louis Jenkins saw a shot blocked inside the box.
Riverside did get their third before the half hour mark. Aidan McDougal was taken down inside the box, and he stepped up and fired the resulting penalty past Finlay Lyttle in the Ferry goal.